Oil Tanker Missing Off Benin Republic

Ship management firm Anglo-Eastern said that it has lost contact with one of its managed oil products tanker as of February 1.
The 45,989 dwt oil products tanker Marine Express was at the Cotonou Anchorage, Benin, when it was last contacted. There are 22 crew member on board.
The region is notorious for piracy groups that target commercial ships and often kidnap seafarers for ransom.
The vessel, carrying 22 crew members on board, was in part laden condition with some 13,500 tons of gasoline.
“All the appropriate authorities have been alerted and are responding,” the company said.

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