From the Field
Tanker and crew missing off West Africa
LIBREVILLE, August 22, 2018 – A tanker and its 19-person crew have gone missing offshore Gabon, international media reported Wednesday.
The dual-purpose oil and chemicals tanker has been out of contact for a week, Reuters reported. The crew reportedly includes 17 Georgians and two Russian citizens.
“We at Lotus Shipping, acting on behalf of the vessel’s owners…have set as our first and foremost priority to safeguard the safety of the crew and with their interest in mind we cannot provide any additional media comments at this point in time,” the vessel management company said.
While piracy has decreased internationally, the Gulf of Guinea continues to be targeted. Maritime piracy has mainly targeted the oil industry, with damaging effects for producers in the region, as many pirates sell their illegal gains on the black market.