New Delhi [India]: The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) reported on Sunday that a tanker with 22 Indian citizens on board would allegedly disappear off the coast of Benin in the Gulf of Guinea.
MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar in a tweet said: “A merchant ship Marine Express (tanker), owned by the Anglo-Eastern shipping company based in Mumbai with 22 Indian citizens on board, is allegedly missing off the coast of Benin in the Gulf of Guinea. ”
He reported that the Indian authorities based in Nigeria have sought his help to locate the missing tanker.
“Our Mission in Abuja (Nigeria) is in contact with the authorities of Benin and Nigeria for their assistance in locating the ship and is constantly monitoring the situation, a 24-hour assistance telephone number established by the Embassy to obtain information on the missing is + 234-9070343860, “he reported in another tweet.
The owners of the oil tanker, which was loaded with diesel, have urged the General Board of Shipping of Mumbai to contact their counterparts in Nigeria and Benin to carry out search operations for the merchant ship.
According to reports, the ship disappeared from West Africa and the possibility of hijacking is high.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian authorities have alerted all ships to watch over the missing tanker and, if warned, immediately report to the Piracy Reporting Center of the International Maritime Bureau (IMB).