WAF Security Alert 001 - Tanker Missing off Cotonou

February 1, 2018
Michael Cleary

Date: 01-Feb-18                                Time: 0528UTC

Lat: 06°16.00   North                        Long: 002°31.00   East    


Event: Missing Vessel


Cotonou, Benin               

On 01 Feb 2018, Owners lost contact with their tanker MT Marine Express loaded with gas oil. The last communication received from the tanker was on 01.02.2018 at 0528 UTC in position 06:16N - 002:31E, Cotonou anchorage, Benin. The fate of the crew members and the vessel are unknown. OPS Global Risk Management will monitor the situation and publish further details when known.

Details of the tanker:

Name of tanker : Marine Express

Type : Oil products tanker

Flag : Panama

Imo : 9403322  

Grt : 28054 MT


Vessels within a 100 nautical mile radius should increase their anti-piracy deterrents in line with Best Management Practices 4. This should include increased twenty four hour anti-piracy watch keeping and radar monitoring. Vessel hardening should be checked and where appropriate bolstered.


Source: IMB



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