Nigerian Navy freed hijacked tanker Norte and defeated pirates in a sea battle

Nigerian Navy scored a new victory in fighting piracy, releasing hijacked oil products tanker Norte on Aug 17 13 in something resembling a sea battle. According to Navy statement, Nigerian tanker Norte with 17000 tons of oil product was hijacked by pirates in Gulf of Guinea on Aug 15, with an aim of stealing the cargo. On Aug 17 vessel was chased down by a good portion of all Nigerian Navy, including two Navy ships of a destroyer size, 6 gun boats and patrol plane of Nigerian Air Force. Too many details were given in report, to make it short – tanker was surrounded in Niger Delta region, piratesleft tanker when the night fell, but were intercepted. In ensuing battle 12 pirates were killed and 4 were captured. No details on fate of the crew, thoughtfully, were given. Tanker presently is anchored on Lagos road.

There is one, but very big, problem with all the piracy reports pouring from Gulf of Guinea. Nobody can be trusted in there, including (or first of all) authorities, police and navies. Even foreign shipping companies can’t be trusted, unless the information they leak is confidential, because they may be forced to hide or twist the facts. Independent sources like seamen on board of the attacked vessel, or witnesses of the attack, are the only sources who can be trusted, simply because they’re the only people in there, who’re sincerely interested in truth. Report from any other source may be an outright lie, or half-lie, or half-truth, it may be anything, it may even be the truth, but one never knows.

Voytenko Mikhail

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