Halifax: tanker hijacked to steal oil, not ransom
Pirates seized an oil tanker off the coast of Nigeria's southern delta, kidnapping the crew in a bid to steal ship's cargo in the latest hijacking targeting the region, private security officials said November 3
Gunmen boarded the MT Halifax as it sat in waters off the coast of Port Harcourt, the main city in the oil-rich Niger Delta, the officials said.
The pirates took over control of the ship and sailed off into the waters of the Gulf of Guinea, and are holding onto the crew as they offload the crude oil in the ship's hold, the officials said.
8810932 HALIFAX 9HMH5 Tanker 29753 1992
Vessel's name: Halifax Last updated: Aug 23, 2011
Ex-name(s): STARDUST / HAWK / MARITIME PRUDENCE
IMO number: 8810932
Flag: Malta Call sign: 9HMH5
Port of Registry: VALLETTA Summer DWT: 29752.95 MT
Type of vessel: Oil Tanker Built: Feb 26, 1992
Type of hull: Double Bottom Owner: TRUST A MARITIME LTD
Class Society: Lloyds Register Operator: ANCORA INVESTMENT TRUST INC.