n Africa Conflict Monthly Monitor - New piracy threats and the peril of flags of convenience - : Africa-wide - continental overview

Volume 2014, Issue 03
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The pirating of a Greek-owned tanker, the , in Angolan waters on 18 January 2014, might have been a probe to see if such an operation could yield profitable results for the sea bandits. As criminal activities go, the job was most successful. The pirates pulled off 2014's first big international heist, departing with 12.3 metric tonnes of diesel via three ship-to-ship transfers. The went missing for a week and when she again made her presence known to the world, the vessel was floating off Nigeria's coast. The location suggested that Nigerian pirates were responsible for the hijacking.

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