An oil tanker carrying 22 Indian sailors has been missing for more than 3 days in the waters of the Gulf of Guinea outside the west coast of Benin. The Indian Foreign Ministry said it has asked Nigeria and other countries to help find the missing tanker. Indian media analysts said the tanker is most likely to be pirate hijacked.
According to reports from the media such as the "Stan Times" in India, the vessel is part of a shipping company in Mumbai that contains 13,500 tons of gasoline, which it claims has lost contact with the vessels since January 31. The families of the bereaved crew members subsequently found the Indian Department of Maritime Transport, which said they have demanded that neighboring countries such as Nigeria assist them in locating the tanker. The Xinhua News Agency said the Nigerian government has notified all ships in the sea area to help locate the missing tanker and, once discovered, will immediately notify the International Maritime Bureau's Piracy Reporting Center.glenflange
It is reported that this is the second missing vessel that occurred in a month. In January, another vessel disappeared off the coast of Benin. After 6 days, the majority of Indians' crews were released after being exposed to ransom payments.