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The Hijacking of the Brillante Virtuoso: A Mysterious Assault, . .


. . An Unsolved Murder And A Ship That Hasn’t Given Up All Its Secrets by Kit Chellel And Matthew Campbell
July 27, 2017
‘1: Nestor Tabares must have known the hijackers were out there, waiting. It was his 13th day at sea aboard the oil tanker Brillante Virtuoso, and as the ship turned east, into the pirate-strewn waters off Somalia, the 54-year-old chief engineer would have understood that it made for an obvious target. With a top speed of less than 13 knots and stretching 300 yards from bow to rusting stern, the black-hulled Brillante was plodding into the world’s most dangerous shipping lane with a cargo worth $100 million.

It was July 2011, and the threat of Somali piracy in the Gulf of Aden had never been more severe . . ‘

Be warned that this is long - 6400 words.

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