Posted on August 15, 2018 by Ashleigh Cowie
The CSO of a merchant vessel that is suspected to have been hijacked has confirmed that all communication has been lost with the ship and crew.
Concerns are increasing for the welfare of the crew as a search and rescue operation commences.
The chief security officer reports that the last communication from Panama-flagged MT Pantelena came at 2200 UTC on the 13th August.
He has requested that all ships transiting the area keep a lookout for the vessel and report any sightings to the IMB piracy reporting centre immediately.
The vessel was last known to be in the vicinity of 00°28.9’ N, 009°00.15’ E, approximately 18nm West f Libreville anchorage, Gabon.
Maritime officials have also warned seafarers in the region to exercise extreme caution.
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