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Oil-Tanker BW Rhine Is Hijacked Off West Africa, Owner Says

May 02, 2012

The oil-products tanker BW Rhine was hijacked April 28 off Togo in West Africa, the company that owns the vessel said.

The status of the tanker, which has a capacity of 75,678 deadweight tons, isn’t known, Nick Fell, Singapore-based general counsel for BW Maritime, said by phone today. The last contact the company had with the ship’s crew was on April 30, he said.

The carrier was partly loaded with refined fuel and BW Maritime has been working with local navies to locate it, he said. The tanker sailed to West Africa from Ventspils, Latvia, according to ship-tracking data compiled by Bloomberg. Its depth in the water is 12.6 meters (41 feet) out of a maximum of 14.7 meters, the data show.

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