Pirates board chemical tanker off Benin

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A Greek-flagged chemical tanker carrying 22 crew members has reportedly been boarded by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea off western Africa on Thursday.

Dryad Global Maritime Security said on its website that reports have indicated the 51,000-dwt Minerva Virgo was boarded by five to six pirates while the vessel was sailing near Cotonou city on the southern coast of Benin.

“Unconfirmed reporting indicates that the majority of crew have reached the citadel with one person still unaccounted for,” Dryad Global stated.

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