Oil tanker listing off Japan after huge explosion

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This handout picture taken and released by Japan’s Coast Guard on May 29, 2014 shows black smoke rising from a 998-tonne oil tanker off the coast of Hyogo

A 998-tonne oil tanker was listing off the Japanese coast Thursday after a large explosion and subsequent fire that sent towering columns of acrid smoke into the sky.

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U.S. forces seize tanker carrying oil from Libya rebel port

A North Korean-flagged tanker is docked at the Es Sider export terminal in Ras Lanuf March 8, 2014. Libya threatened on Saturday to bomb a North Korean-flagged tanker if it tried to ship oil from a rebel-controlled port, in a major escalation of a standoff over the country's petroleum wealth. The rebels, who have seized three major Libyan ports since August to press their demands for more autonomy, warned Tripoli against staging an attack to halt the oil sale after the tanker docked at Es Sider terminal, one of the country's biggest. The vessel started loading crude late at night, oil officials said. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori

A North Korean-flagged tanker is docked at the Es Sider export terminal in Ras Lanuf March 8, 2014. Libya threatened on Saturday to bomb a North Korean-flagged tanker if it tried to ship oil from a rebel-controlled port, in a major escalation of a standoff over the country’s petroleum wealth. The rebels, who have seized three major Libyan ports since August to press their demands for more autonomy, warned Tripoli against staging an attack to halt the oil sale after the tanker docked at Es Sider terminal, one of the country’s biggest. The vessel started loading crude late at night, oil officials said.                             REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori

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Libya authorizes use of force against North Korean-flagged tanker

Rebels under Ibrahim Jathran, a former anti-Gaddafi rebel who seized the port and two others with thousands of his men in August, stand guard at the entrance of the Es Sider export terminal where a North Korean-flagged tanker has docked in Ras Lanuf March 8, 2014. REUTERS-Esam Omran Al-Fetori

Rebels under Ibrahim Jathran, a former anti-Gaddafi rebel who seized the port and two others with thousands of his men in August, stand guard at the entrance of the Es Sider export terminal where a North Korean-flagged tanker has docked in Ras Lanuf March 8, 2014.
Credit: REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori

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Oil Tanker Attacked off of African Coast

Pirate attacks off the coast of Nigeria have increased by a third this year [Al Jazeera]

Pirates snatch men from tanker off Nigeria…

Ukrainian captain and Greek first engineer kidnapped late on Monday night when their boat was besieged by pirates.

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