Indian mission in Nigeria monitoring case of missing ship: MEA
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Indian mission in Nigeria monitoring case of missing ship: MEA

The ship was anchored at Cotonou, Benin, before it went missing from anchorage in the Gulf of Guinea. The Panama-registered vessel was carrying 13,500 tonnes of petrol worth $8.1 million.

india Updated: Feb 04, 2018 14:00 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
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Relatives of one of the sailors said the Mumbai-based Anglo Eastern Ship Management, which owns the ship, informed them that there had been no contact with the vessel since January 31.(AFP/Representative Photo)

The Indian mission in Abuja is in touch with authorities in Nigeria and Benin about a ship carrying 22 Indians believed to have gone missing in the Gulf of Guinea, the external affairs ministry has said.

“A merchant vessel Marine Express (oil tanker), owned by Mumbai-based Anglo Eastern shipping company with 22 Indian nationals onboard, is presumably missing off the coast of Benin in the Gulf of Guinea,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in a tweet.

The India mission in Nigeria was in touch with the authorities concerned and the situation was being constantly monitored, the MEA said.

“Our Mission in Abuja (Nigeria) is in touch with the authorities in Benin and Nigeria for their help in locating the ship and is constantly monitoring the situation. A 24-hour helpline number set up by the Embassy for information on those missing is +234-9070343860,” Kumar tweeted on Saturday.

First Published: Feb 04, 2018 14:00 IST