Missing LPG tanker tracked down

Missing LPG tanker tracked down

Kuala Lumpur: An LPG tanker that went missing on June 10, with speculation that it might have been another victim of Southeast Asian pirates, has resurfaced, making contact with its Malaysian owner.

The 4,999 dwt Teknogas has reemerged on AIS tracking systems and been in touch with its owner’s headquarters in Malaysia.

Uni-Fleet, the ship’s owner, had said the ship had failed to send AIS signals for a couple of days before issuing a distress signal on June 10 to the south of Ho Chi Minh City. Over the weekend, however, the ship reemerged, unscathed, in Indonesian waters.

Crew and the vessel are reported as fine and the incident has been put down to human error.


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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