An oil tanker that was hijacked with 22 Indians on board in West Africa on February 1 was today released. The Panamanian-flagged vessel, called “Marine Express”, was earlier reported missing off the Benin coast in the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa.

| Updated: Feb 6, 2018, 10:11 IST

Highlights

  • The Panamanian-flagged vessel, called “Marine Express”, was earlier reported missing off the Benin coast
  • The vessel is owned by Ocean Transit Carrier SA, a Japanese company
  • There are 22 Indian sailors on board the vessel; they were appointed by Anglo Eastern Shipping

NEW DELHI: An oil tanker that was hijacked with 22 Indians on board in West Africa on February 1 was today released.

The Panamanian-flagged vessel, called “Marine Express”, was earlier reported missing off the Benin coast in the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa. The vessel is owned by Ocean Transit Carrier SA, a Japanese company. The 22 sailors were appointed on the ship by Anglo Eastern Shipping.

The ship went missing less than a month after another vessel, “MT Barret”, disappeared off the coast of Benin in January, and was later confirmed to have been hijacked. The 22 crew of “MT Barret”, most of whom were Indians, were reportedly released after a ransom was paid.

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