Oil products tanker Barrett (IMO 9351749) was reported missing late on January 9th, off Cotonou in the Gulf of Guinea. There were fears that the partially-laden tanker was hijacked for the purpose of cargo theft. Some of the 22 crew members might have been kidnapped.
London-based tanker owner company Union Maritime vessel stated that MT Barrett was at anchor off Benin, West Africa, but had not been heard from since late on Tuesday 9th January.
“On Wednesday we alerted local maritime authorities and are exploring all possible options and efforts as we continuously monitor the situation. Whilst we are tirelessly working to locate the vessel, our primary concern is for the 22 crew on board and ensuring their safety,” the company said.
2005-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 8,482 gt Barrett is owned by OBlue Ltd care of manager Union Maritime Ltd of London, UK.