11:07 GMT26 February 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - On Tuesday, pirates attacked a Panama-flagged oil tanker, the Maria E, in the Gulf of Guinea, according to the Dryad Global maritime security portal.

    According to the portal, the incident occurred at 12:22 GMT, 108 nautical miles northwest of Sao Tome.

    The Maritime Bulletin portal notes that a Greek company, Lotus Shipping, owns the Panama-flagged vessel.

    At the time of the attack, the fishing vessel Lianpengyu was nearby. It was seized by pirates on February 7 and has been under their control since that time, according to reports.

    The Gulf of Guinea has overtaken the Somalian Horn of Africa as the most pirate-heavy waters, with an uptick of attacks over the past two years.


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