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Officials: Pirates seize oil tanker in Ivory Coast

AP -- ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Armed men have hijacked a tanker carrying 5,000 tons of oil from an Ivory Coast port and taken it off the coast of Ghana, though its precise whereabouts are unknown, government authorities and maritime officials said Monday.

The Panamanian-flagged vessel ITRI was first seized Wednesday as the tanker was preparing to deposit oil at the port of Abidjan, Ivory Coast's commercial capital, said a statement from the Ivory Coast government — communicating for the first time on the case only Monday.

The tanker, with 16 crew members aboard, was listed as missing, said Noel Choong, head of the International Maritime Bureau's pirate reporting center in Malaysia. He could not release information about the nationalities of the crew, but said in many previous cases, the pir


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LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 11:39:30 PM

My hope is the pirate are so stupid as to put some of the Jet fuel in their boats.....problem solved! LOL!

[Edited by: LetemEatCake at 1/22/2013 11:40:05 PM EST]
jrs4125
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 11:02:17 AM

Need to put a stop to this.
ciimike
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 10:19:32 AM

There definitely should not be a trial for piracy. It is just too easy for them right now. It is getting time for some military incursions in the ports of Ghana. It is obvious they cannot control their own ports.
dudleydolittle
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 6:38:34 AM

agree with vulcan96
vulcan96
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 1:36:15 AM

we need open season on pirates.....
RussianAnya
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 1:28:14 AM

Yes
snky2k
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 1:26:59 AM

The tankers need better arms when working anywhere around Africa. Too many Muslim pirates.
RENEGADEGAS
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 1:23:21 AM

Do these tanker crews go to sea unarmed??
yelobus
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 1:19:49 AM

Ok.
afghaned
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 1:18:28 AM

Repeat.

[Edited by: afghaned at 1/22/2013 1:19:02 AM EST]
GAS1251
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 1:17:01 AM

Now if they had a refinery they'd be all set.
2parrots
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 1:17:00 AM

no guns no defense
DrCashFlow
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 1:16:50 AM

What ... No Somalia?
Amplion
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 1:16:38 AM

OBOZO is too busy with his party to worry about this !!!
Robert44
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 1:16:29 AM

Difficult situation!!!!
BobD2009
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 1:16:00 AM

It's about time we wipe these pirates out.
pastorpaulcg
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 1:13:11 AM

Uh oh, gas going up for sure
kiss4afrog
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 1:10:21 AM

All the shipping companies need to get together on this . . . no ransom. It might be ugly at first but it's the only way to stop this insanity. I'm still a believer in arming the crews if they want to or putting armed guards on board. Even a well placed drone to blow the boat out of the water before they are close enough to board.
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 1:08:11 AM

old news
Tigercat88
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 1:06:50 AM

There go PRICES.
dld1295
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 1:05:44 AM

Price will rise
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 1:00:37 AM

NOT GOOD, sEND ARNOLD, AND TOM CRUZ TO FIGHT THEM
abacus44
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 1:00:07 AM

If they're caught in the act of piracy, no trial. just blow them out of the water.
bsg75
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 12:59:29 AM

That wasn't very nice.
judgemobile
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 12:57:33 AM

can't put armed guards in schools, but why not on tankers sailing in waters known to be infested with pirates ?
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 12:57:23 AM

those damn pirates
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 12:57:16 AM

track the tankers by GPS
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 12:55:27 AM

OK
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 12:54:16 AM

Pirates seizing a ship in the Atlantic? That is news, very different news!
badharley
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 12:54:09 AM

Have to arm the oil tankers blow away the pirates.
mfeldstein
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 12:53:18 AM

Gotta make a living, eh?
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 12:53:04 AM

Quick Ban Guns on Open Waters!
Z51Corvette
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 12:48:17 AM

The pirates have a bigger boat that what you describe, MATT!

Why aren't these people armed and blow them pirates to Davey Jone's Locker! Arg!

[Edited by: Z51Corvette at 1/22/2013 12:49:10 AM EST]
PithyOpiner
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 12:47:13 AM

"......though its precise whereabouts are unknown......."
Oh, they are so full of crap. Those big ships have GPS tracking devices that report their location to within 25 meters on the globe via satellite. Way to go Ivory Coast. Some protection service you dufuses have out there.
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 12:47:00 AM

agree Matt G
Matt G
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 12:45:43 AM

Two seven foot toothpick guys on a row boat stop a tanker , go figure!!
southrob
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 12:45:42 AM

and gas prices did what>????
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 12:44:38 AM

Obama is too spineless to go after the pirates because it would mean going after the islamic terrorists that control parts of southern Africa
moregas1966
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 12:43:50 AM

need more oil
LanguageMan1
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 12:40:50 AM

You'd think the top world's powers would've already put a stop to them.
jetskijerry
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 12:40:42 AM

make them walk the plank!
jetskijerry
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 12:40:25 AM

arggh!
JagXKR
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 12:39:19 AM

We need to get the world back in order and the elimination of the bad is a priority. No trial just elimination.
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 12:35:07 AM

Pirates need to be wiped out, shoot first, ask questions later. It is ridiculous that these merchant ships go about unarmed.
clpassenubye
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 12:34:17 AM

Darn Pirates at it again
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 12:33:25 AM

Arm the tankers and shoot the pirates.
yakstar
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 12:33:02 AM

Ghana gold...
comprof
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 12:31:34 AM

Where are all the satellites when you need one?
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 12:29:53 AM

Now we have pirates operaating in the ATLANTIC?! This is the WEST coast of Africa. The Somalian pirates are located in the Indian Ocean and Red Sea areas of the east coast of Africa.
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 12:29:11 AM

Nothing new, make the pirates walk the plank.
10k
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 12:28:10 AM

i would have no problem firing a warning shot, just in case they were not pirates, but if they continued, i definitely would have no problem blowing them out of the water, and shooting the floating bodies, just to make sure they never tried it again..
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