Energy Centurion remains in pirate hands

By Piracy

All crew members of the product tanker ship Energy Centurion are unharmed but still are under the control of the pirate gang that seized the ship on Tuesday, information from the operators Golden Energy Management.
The company, part of Restis Group, issued a statement today, informing that the 24 people onboard were not injured but that the ship was sailing off the coast of Nigeria, but it's in pirate hands.
International Maritime Bureau director Pottengal Mukundan informed that the hijackings are aimed at the theft of the cargo.
The 2008-built, 74,995 dwt Energy Centurion was captured near Togo, in the early hours of Tuesday morning in the 2nd incident in the country's waters in 2 weeks.
The IMB also informed this year there had been 39 incidents involving pirates in the Gulf of Guinea, with result of 7 ships hijacked.
On August 19, pirates seized oil products tanker Anuket Emerald in the same region. It was freed off the coast of Delta State, Nigeria, on August 23. Its crew, comprising 18 Russian and Philippines nationals, were not injured.