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Breaking: Singapore-registered oil tanker “Success 9” located, crew safe

16 Apr 2023

On 15 April at around 1700 hrs (Singapore time), the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) was updated that Singapore-registered tanker Success 9 has been located off the coast of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

A commercial ship, Monjasa Sprinter, passing by had earlier picked up a distress call from Success 9. The master of Monjasa Sprinter then reported the location of Success 9 to the latter’s Company Security Officer (CSO).

The CSO updated MPA, who immediately informed the IFC and Monrovia Regional MRCC. A Côte d’Ivoire Navy patrol vessel was deployed to confirm and board Success 9. All crew, including the Singaporean crew, were safe and in good health. The ship has since safely arrived at Abidjan port.

Since the boarding of the Singapore-registered ship Success 9 by unidentified persons on 10 April 2023, MPA has been coordinating with the ship owner and multinational agencies through the Information Fusion Centre (IFC) and the Monrovia Regional Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) to search for the ship.

These multinational agencies included the Maritime Domain Awareness for Trade – Gulf of Guinea, together with the regional security forces, the French navy, coast guards and maritime administrations from Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. All nearby and passing commercial ships were also cued to help in the search for Success 9.

MPA has advised all Singapore-registered ships to exercise caution and implement the guidelines in the Best Management Practices West Africa (BMP WA), when operating in the region to mitigate piracy-associated threats.

Companies should also regularly review their ship security assessment and plan under the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code. Companies are advised to report all pirate activity, including both actual and attempted attacks, as well as suspicious sightings, to local authorities.

Related: MPA: Owner of tanker “Success 9” still unable to establish communications with vessel
RelatedPirates board Singapore-registered tanker “Success 9”, Singaporean on board


Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 16 April, 2023

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