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article imageNorwegian tanker hijacked off Madagascar coast

By Alex Harrison     Mar 5, 2010 in World
Pirates have taken control of a Norwegian tanker off the Madagascar coast and are now headed for Somali according to the ship´s owners.
The UBT Ocean is reported to be carrying oil from the UAE to Tanzania. The Capitan of the tanker had made a call informing that pirates had boarded the ship but all contact was lost afterwards.
Piracy is rife off the Horn of Africa and especially so during March and May when the seas are calmer. Most of the piracy originates from war-torn Somalia which has no functioning government.
The attack comes despite the fact that many countries have vessels in the area to dissuade pirate attacks and is the second attack in two weeks following the hijacking of a Saudi oil tanker last week in the gulf of Aden.
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