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Pirates hijack tanker off Nigeria coast

Pirates have seized a tanker and its crew off the Nigerian coast, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) monitoring group says. The attack happened about 90 nautical miles south of Nigeria's economic capital, Lagos, on Saturday.

Last month, Nigeria and neighbouring Benin launched joint navy patrols to curb growing piracy in West Africa. Nineteen vessels have been attacked off Benin's coast this year - eight of which were hijacked.

 

New Zeland Salvage Workers attempt to limit oil slick

Salvage workers in New Zealand have launched an all-out attempt to remove nearly 2,000 tonnes of oil from a container ship aground on a reef off one of the country's most spectacular coastlines.

The New Zealand navy has sent four ships to where the Rena is stuck, on a reef near the port of Tauranga on the North Island.

Bruce Anderson, the salvage manager for Maritime New Zealand's monitoring and response team, told the BBC much of the oil was still aboard the ship, but the situation did have the potential to be a "significant environmental disaster".

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