Oil tanker remains missing after pirate attack

A Liberia-flagged oil tanker remains missing since last Wednesday off the coast of Ghana, after the vessel sent a distress call to say that it was hijacked by pirates, reports said.

The 12,800-dwt Fair Artemis, built in 2008, last made contact with its manager Fairdeal Group at 1800 hours GMT on last Wednesday, it was reported.

A Ghanaian military spokesman said that the vessel is no longer in Ghana waters. “It’s gone off and they suspect it’s moving towards Togo,” the spokesman told AFP. “(The navy) is trying to get confirmation from the Togolese if they have identified any vessels in the waters.”

The oil tanker has 24 crew members on board and has a cargo of fuel oil, a statement from Fairdeal said.

The waters of West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea are among the world’s most dangerous, recording 19% of all piracy incidents worldwide in 2013, according to the International Maritime Bureau.

Posted 10 June 2014

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Lee Hong Liang

Asia Correspondent

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