Afternoon D & C Dedicated To Mumbai
Home > Nation > Oil tanker with 22 Indian sailors released by pirates

Oil tanker with 22 Indian sailors released by pirates

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

New Delhi/Mumbai: An oil tanker with 22 Indians on board that went missing off the coast of Benin in West Africa on February 1 has been found, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said today.

All the crew members, released by pirates after four days, are safe and the ship has resumed sailing, officials added.

"I am happy to inform that Merchant Ship Marine Express with 22 Indian nationals on board has been released," Swaraj tweeted.

The external affairs minister thanked the government of Nigeria and Benin for their help and support in the matter.

Swaraj had spoken to her Nigerian counterpart yesterday to seek assistance in tracing the missing oil tanker.

The Indian mission in Abuja was in touch with Nigeria and Benin for help in locating the ship.

"The ship, Marine Express, has been released and is back under the command of the captain," Director General of Shipping Malini Shankar told PTI in Mumbai.

It was not immediately clear if any ransom was paid to secure the release of the vessel and the cargo.

The Marine Express was anchored in Cotonou in the Gulf of Guinea in Benin when it was taken over by pirates on February 1. All communication systems on the vessel were switched off by pirates before making it sail.

In a Facebook post, ship manning agent Anglo Eastern said the Panama-flagged vessel was the victim of "pirate attack and seizure" and confirmed its safe release.

The cargo of 13,500 tonnes of gasoline remains on board, the post added.

An official at the Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) had said earlier that the waters, from where the vessel was taken, are unsafe because of the presence of pirates.

There have been a few incidents where pirates let off hijacked vessels and crew after siphoning the cargo on-board cargo without demanding a ransom.

COMMENTS
No Comments Posted
POST YOUR COMMENTS
Name:  
 
Email:    
Comments:
 
 
City news
A total of 234 roads were investigated and ...
Anti-Terrorism Squad’s Bolero car stolen from cop
The Maharashtra State Bank Employees’ Federation
We got married recently. I am 32 and my wife is 3
Dr. Rajan B. Bhonsle, M.D. (Bom)
Consulting Sex Therapist & Counsellor
Dr. (Mrs.) Minnu R. Bhonsle, Ph.D.
Consulting Psychotherapist & Counsellor
Astrology
Select Sun sign:
 
Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 20)
Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 20)This is the right time to ask for help if you need it. Adjustments are necessary almost at every level. You must adapt to some things that you cannot change. Do not be rigid and accept readily with grace. Use your money wisely, for there may be several demands. A long distance journey to a pilgrim spot or the need to meet a person you look up to is likely. The need to get an unbiased opinion about your affairs is strong.
- Advertising -
Read More