MEND resistants re-launching attacks on the oil industry, Niger Delta
18 November 2011, Sweetcrude, Yenagoa –Gunmen attacked and hijacked an oil supply vessel contracted by US major, Chevron, off the Nigerian coast early on Friday.
“The MV Endeavour was off the coast, serving Chevron’s Agbami field, when gunmen boarded it in the very early hours,” Reuters quoted a security source as saying.
Sources said three men (attributed to be part of the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta) may have been kidnapped in the incident which happened off the coast of Bayelsa State.
It is the second attack by armed men on Chevron-contracted vessels off the coast of the state this month.
Chevron said it was investigating the situation but had no further comment.
Experts say recent attacks on ships in the Gulf of Guinea threaten the region’s position as an emerging trade hub that is an increasingly important source of oil, metals and agricultural products such as cocoa for world markets.
Previous attacks, in the last year…
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