The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Thursday (13 April) said the owner of Singaporean-registered oil tanker Success 9, which was boarded by pirates, is still unable to establish communications with the vessel.
“Apart from the Monrovia Regional Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, MPA has reached out to the other authorities in the region, including the Ivory Coast and the Ghana authorities for assistance,” it said in a statement.
“The Ivory Coast authorities have deployed their air and sea assets to the vicinity of the last known position of the vessel.”
Manifold Times previously reported it received a report that the tanker was boarded by unidentified persons at about 300 nautical miles off the Abidjan Coast, Cote d’lvoire at about 10 pm (Singapore time) on 10 April.
MPA said there were 20 crew of various nationalities onboard the vessel, of which one of them is a Singapore citizen.
According to the latest update by the Maritime Domain Awareness for Trade-Gulf of Guinea (MDAT GoG), which flagged the incident, the vessel is ‘unlocated and not transmitting on AIS’
“MDAT GoG requests Masters within the vicinity report any sighting of the vessel or suspicious activity.
“Vessel is believed to be a black hulled tanker with white superstructure, white funnel with blue stripes,” it said.
Singapore-based bunker supplier Hai Soon Group has listed Success 9 in its list of fleet on its website.
Related: Pirates board Singapore-registered tanker “Success 9”, Singaporean on board
Photo credit: Hai Soon Group
Published: 14 April, 2023
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