Acts of piracy off Libreville
22 and 36 nautical miles Northwest of Libreville the latest acts of piracy occurred in positions 00° 30.50’N 009°06.21’E and 00° 55.24N 009° 08 09E and involved two fishing trawlers named 'amerger II' and 'Amerger VIIÄ – the first taking place 20 nautical miles off Libreville and the second 36 n.miles off Libreville. Both incidents involved a single speedboat described as a skiff powered by three engines and having 13 pirates on board. The pirates were reported as being English-speakers which gives rise to suspicions of them being of Nigerian origin, despite this being some distance from Nigeria. The boarding of each trawler resulted in three of the crew from each vessel being kidnapped. The nationalities of those kidnapped are reported as three Indonesian, two Senegalese, and one South Korean.
CHEC on track in Gabon
Work on the rehabilitation and extension of Port-Môle at Libreville is 20% complete, local paper Gabonews reported on Friday, says Fairplay Daily News.
No effects on loading ops from oil workers' union strike in Gabon
Oil majors Total and Royal Dutch Shell said a three-day-old strike by the oil workers' union in Gabon has not affected their operations, despite union reports to the contrary. "The strike has been marginal, only a handful of workers are participating in it," Mathurin Mengue-Bibang, a spokesman for Total in Gabon, said on Tuesday. "Our operations are ongoing, a ship was loaded at our Cape Lopez terminal and it departed today," Mengue-Bibang said by telephone from Gabon.http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/12/gabon-oil-strike-idUSL6N0C4C7320130312Upload News
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