The oil tanker with 22 Indians on board that went missing in the Gulf of Guinea has been released on Tuesday as confirmed by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. The ship was carrying around 13,500 tonnes of petrol worth $8.1 million, was anchored at Cotonou, Benin before it went missing.

The oil tanker with 22 Indians on board that went missing in the Gulf of Guinea has been released on Tuesday as confirmed by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. The ship was carrying around 13,500 tonnes of petrol worth $8.1 million, was anchored at Cotonou, Benin before it went missing.

An oil tanker with 22 Indians on board that went missing off Benin coast in the Gulf of Guinea near West Africa on Saturday that was believed to have been hijacked by pirates has been released, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Tuesday. “I am happy to inform that Merchant Ship Marine Express with 22 Indian nationals on board has been released. We thank (the) governments of Nigeria and Benin for their help and support,” the Minister tweeted. The ship is owned by Mumbai-based Anglo-Eastern Shipping Company.

On Sunday, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) informed that a merchant vessel, owned by a Mumbai-based Anglo-Eastern shipping company, was presumably missing off the coast of Benin in the Gulf of Guinea. The ship was carrying around 13,500 tonnes of petrol worth $8.1 million, was anchored at Cotonou, Benin before it went missing. Earlier, Sushma Swaraj also assured that the Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama is looking into the matter and has provided help and assistance in locating the ship.

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