Panamanian ship carrying 25 Indians goes missing in Black Sea

February 23rd, 2008 - 8:03 pm ICT by admin  

Mumbai, Feb 23 (ANI): A Panamanian cargo vessel carrying 25 Indian crewmembers has gone missing since Monday in the Black sea.

The news comes as a shock for the family members of the 25 Indians aboard.

According to reports, the ship left for Turkey on February 17 from Russia and went missing since Monday.

The vessel, MV Rezzak managed by CMR Denizcilik ve Ticaret of Turkey and manned by Mumbai-based Pelican Marine was carrying steel billets from Novorossiysk in Russia to Bartin port in Turkey.

It lost all communication with the tracking centres on February 18.

Biswas Santosh, Director of Pelican Marine, informed that the night the ship went missing, the weather was very bad with gale like conditions.

He said that the Director General Shipping and families of the crew have been informed about the news.

Santosh expressed ignorance on casualties or survivors, and added that two tugs and a low flying aircraft are on the search.

Five days of search by the international Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) has found no trace of the lost ship. (ANI)

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