LPG carrier goes missing off Vietnam

Hanoi: Authorities in Southeast Asia are increasingly concerned about the disappearance of a small LPG tanker off Vietnam. The 1991-built, 4,999 dwt Teknogas’s last AIS was sent on June 8. The Malaysian-flagged ship issued a distress signal in the early hours of June 10, 200 nautical miles south of Ho Chi Minh City in the South China Sea, an area increasingly plagued by pirates.

The vessel is owned by Uni-Fleet, a Malaysian firm. The company was unavailable for comment.


Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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