Posted on August 24, 2018 by Ashleigh Cowie

A Panama-flagged oil tanker, Pantelena, that went missing on the 14th August has been found. The circumstances around the disappearance have not been confirmed.

Reports from the Regional Centre for Maritime Safety of Central Africa (CRESMAC), based in Pointe-Noire in the Republic of Congo and controlling the Gulf of Guinea have confirmed that the tanker has been found. 

ARX reported earlier this week that the tanker carrying 7000 tons of fuel has disappeared, losing all communications with the onshore teams.

There were 17 Georgian crewmembers and 2 Russian at the time that communication was lost. 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia joined with the ship's Greek owner, Lotus, the Panama Ship Registry and other authorities in the search for the vessel. Military forces such as the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) were also been brought in to aid the investigation.

The vessel was spotted by US satellites and has now been docked by Gabonese Petroleum Storage Company at the port of Ovendo. 

At the time of the disappearance speculation began around the possibility of this being a piracy attack. This has not been confirmed. 

According to the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB), all crew kidnappings recorded this year have taken place in the Gulf of Guinea.

Six separate incidents have been reported in 2018, but the true number of incidents in the Gulf is believed to be “significantly higher” than what is reported to the IMB PRC.

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