Online Broadband Guide
Online Broadband Guide


Indian sailors, oil tanker vanish in Cotonou

Indian sailors, oil tanker vanish in Cotonou

According to the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, the oil tanker, "Marine Express", went missing off the Benin coast in the Gulf of Guinea on February 1.

An oil tanker with 22 Indians on board has gone missing in the piracy-plagued waters off the Benin coast in the Gulf of Guinea near West Africa, the Directorate General of Shipping said today. A lookout has been issued for the missing vessel by Nigerian and Beninian security boats, with the London-based International Maritime Bureau (IMB) Anti-Piracy Reporting Centre also monitoring the case closely.

A 24-hour helpline number has been set up by the Embassy for information on those missing.

Anglo-Eastern Ship Management, in a tweet, said that the safety of the crew was their top priority. It said, the last contact with the ship was established at 3:30 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) last Thursday.

A Panama-registered ship of MT Marine Express, which went missing off the coast of Nigeria almost three days back, is yet to be traced.

The Indian government has also confirmed that it is working with its contacts in Nigeria and Benin to find out what happened to the ship.

A DG shipping official said the fate of the crew members and the ship is not known. Authorities have been alerted and are responding. In January, another vessel MT Barret had gone missing off the coast of Benin and six days later crew, a lot of them Indians, were released after reportedly paying ransom. The Panama-registered vessel was carrying 13,500 tonnes of petrol worth $8.1 million.

The Gulf of Guinea has become an increasing target for pirates who steal cargo and demand ransoms, even as piracy incidents fall worldwide, experts say. Pirates had hijacked the Barrett and held the crew members captive for six days while a "resolution process" was worked out. "Without getting in touch with the crew, the official said it was not possible to make a guess on what happened to the vessel".

follow

loading...

editors' picks

February 05, 2018
North Korea 'using Berlin embassy for procurement'
The spy chief said the goods North Korea acquired were so-called "dual use", meaning they had civilian and military uses. However, Deutsche Welle reported that a North Korea diplomat tried to obtain a "gas-monitor" in 2014.

February 04, 2018
Alexis Sanchez Debut Goal Leads Manchester United Past Huddersfield in EPL
Sixth-placed Arsenal (45) led Everton 4-0 at halftime and won 5-1 as Welsh global Aaron Ramsey scored the first hat-trick of his career.

February 03, 2018
Heroic GOP Doctors Treated Injured Victims at the Scene of Amtrak Crash
Madeline Curott, Albemarle County police spokeswoman, said authorities had received a call "about a fast train hitting a truck". He said officials at the company, which has been in business for more than three decades, have been cooperative.

February 02, 2018
VW Responds To Accusations About Using Monkeys During Diesel Test
VW supervisory board Hans Dieter Pötsch said that "whoever is responsible for this will of course take the consequences". In an email to Automotive News , Daimler said, "We are appalled by the extent of the studies and their implementation".

February 01, 2018
Watchdog group urges Justin Timberlake to keep Super Bowl performance 'child friendly'
Thank you for considering our urgent appeal for a positive, uplifting and entertaining halftime show on Sunday. The incident sparked years of talks, lawsuits, and backlash against Timberlake.

January 30, 2018
MHW Scores Megabucks for Capcom with 5M Copies Shipped
The exact timing is still to be announced, but during this time, everyone will be able to fight for their Ryu set. The first game in the Monster Hunter franchise was released way back in 2004 i.e. 14 years ago.

January 30, 2018
Timeline of events in the Bruce McArthur case
The fresh charges related to the deaths of Majeed Kayhan, 58, Soroush Marmudi, 50, and Dean Lisowick, 47. He's an alleged serial killer and he's taken some steps to cover his tracks'.

January 30, 2018
'Humiliated' Instagram star booted off AA flight
The attendant asked her if she wanted to get kicked off the plane, and Selter said yes (she said later she was being sarcastic). Selter refused to comply, allegedly arguing that there where two other passengers standing in line for the restroom.

January 29, 2018
Nicole Eggert Accuses Scott Baio of Sexual Abuse, Actor Denies Claims
Baio argues that since Eggert was born in 1972, and the show was completed in 1990, she would have no longer been a minor. He said she "chose not too" and instead went to social media with the claims.

January 29, 2018
Mattis: Diplomacy Should Impose Reason On North Korea's Kim
What North Korea wants from the Olympic detente, Go said, is to buy time until it perfects the technology to become a full-fledged nuclear power.