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Pirates hijacked tanker off Angola, say owners

Published on Jan 27, 2014 6:44 AM

LISBON/ATHENS (REUTERS) - The Greek owners of an oil tanker that vanished off the Angolan coast on Jan 18 said on Sunday, Jan 26, 2014, that pirates had hijacked the vessel and stolen a large quantity of cargo, contradicting the Angolan navy's denial that such an assault took place.

Greece-based Dynacom, owners of the 75,000 deadweight tonne Liberian-flagged tanker MT Kerala, said it had managed to contact crew on the vessel who reported the pirates had left.

"Pirates hijacked the vessel offshore Angola and stole a large quantity of cargo by ship-to-ship transfer. The pirates have now disembarked," the company said in a statement.

It did not provide any further details on the attack or the ship's current location but added that all crew were safe.

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