Human Rights at Sea has published a case study on the mysterious case of missing Third Officer Cristito M Acosta, who disappeared without trace from crude oil tanker Jiaolong Spirit (IMO 9379208) on April 23rd.
Acosta was two months into a six-month contract onboard the Jiaolong Spirit. He joined the vessel in New Orleans on February 22nd. He was employed in the capacity of Junior Third Officer and was undertaking his third contract with the company, which he joined as a deck cadet in June 2017. This was the first time he had worked onboard the Jiaolong Spirit. Previous contracts had been onboard the Beijing Spirit and Erik Spirit.
The family has launched a social media campaign to raise awareness of the case and put pressure on the authorities to investigate the circumstances surrounding his disappearance. The campaign has mainly been coordinated via Facebook in the Philippines main language, Tagalog.
The family approached Human Rights at Sea and asked it to raise the case publicly. The charity has been in direct contact at CEO level with operator Teekay in Vancouver. It said that it was pleased with Teekay’s willingness to engage. It understood that a full investigation was now underway by an independent third party which will review the evidence and liaise with the family.
2009-built, Bahamas-flagged, 85,030 gt Jiaolong Spirit is owned by Jiaolong Spirit LLC care of manager Teekay Marine (Singapore) Ltd of Singapore. It is entered with Standard Club (International Division) on behalf of Jiaolong Spirit LLC.