Navy Repels Hijack Attack On Vessel

Nigerian Navy supplies details of its counter attack against pirates.
The operatives of the Nigerian Navy have successfully repelled an attack by suspected pirates on Marine Tanker (MT) HANZE KOCHI. The tanker was enroute Lagos from Port Harcourt.

The Director of Information (DINFO), Commodore Chris Ezekobe, disclosed this in a statement on Monday. He said the attackers made spirited efforts to board the vessel 50 nautical miles off Bayelsa State on September 16, 2016 about 0250 hrs.

Ezekobe, however, said that the pirates were heavily engaged and overpowered in a gun duel by naval personnel.
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MAST Note: As mentioned yesterday, the ship’s IMO number returns the name Hanze Mumbai, while its AIS trace reads Hanze Kochi, leading to some confusion in the media.

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