Supply ships targeted around Nigeria

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2 supply ships have been attacked off the coast of Nigeria for a day, with 1 ship being hijacked for no time by pirates before being released. Piracy off West Africa has became quite high this year.
In the beginning of May a supply ship with 17 sailors on board was attacked about 40 nautical miles from the coast and held for around 11 hours and then released, while the day after this attack 6 armed bandits with assault rifles boarded a supply ship towing a barge off Pennington Oil Terminal, Nigeria. The pirates launched their boat from a fishing trawler.
The crew members went in the ship's citadel and was hiding for 2 hours until the bandits had gone, after breaking the bridge windows and stealing some things, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said. "Generally all waters in Nigeria remain risky. Vessels are advised to be vigilant as many attacks may have gone unreported," the Bureau informs.
Attacks in the Gulf of Guinea have been more than the recent months as the region, spanning a dozen countries, is a growing source of oil, cocoa and metals being transported to the world's markets. The IMB told there were 10 attempts of hijacking off Nigeria in the 1st 4 months of the year.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) pointed a total of 83 piracy and sea hijackings, plus other unlawful acts at sea, in 2011.
In the same time, pirates a week ago hijacked the MT Smyrni, a Greek-owned oil tanker transporting 135,000 metric tonnes (148,812 tons) of crude oil while in the Arabian Sea off Oman. The ship was attacked by 10 armed people in 2 skiffs, who now have the 26 crew members hostage.
Sea bandits are making a lot of money in ransoms. Millions of dollars, and despite profitable efforts to quell attacks in the Gulf of Aden, international navies had no chance to catch pirates in the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea owing to the big distances involved.