Three Crew Missing From Burning Gabon-Registered Tanker off Malaysia

Photo credit: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency

Twenty five crew of Gabon-registered tanker rescued in Singapore maritime search and rescue region. Three crew members are reported missing from the tanker Pablo that caught fire, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore said on Monday.

The registered “Pablo” tanker from Gabon, Africa with a total of 28 crew members consisting of Indian, Ukrainian, Russian and Pakistani nationals was en route from China to Singapore before burning at a position of 37.5 nautical miles northeast of Cape Sedili at around 3 pm, in accordance with the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency.

The Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) Singapore on 01 May 2023 at 1600 hrs received information from the master of tanker MS Enola that they had rescued 18 crew from a Gabon -registered tanker, MT Pablo, within the Singapore Maritime Search and Rescue Region (MSRR) in the South China Sea, about 40 nautical miles off Pulau Tinggi, Malaysia.

Seven other crew were picked up by vessels in the vicinity. Three remain unaccounted for. There are no Singaporean crew onboard, as the MPA of Singapore reported earlier this week.

The Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre of Singapore continues to carry out navigational broadcast for passing vessels to keep a lookout for the three-missing crew.

“The MT Pablo tanker that was reported to be burned has entered its second day with the search mission of three crew members of the ship who are still missing carried out by the SAR team coordinated by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (Maritime Malaysia),” the Malaysia Coast Guard said on Tuesday.

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