The minister stated that the government of India had undertaken all necessary efforts to coordinate with Nigerian and Benin naval authorities on the search activities.
The owner of the ship, Hong Kong-based Anglo-Eastern, stated that the Marine Express vessel has been missing since Friday and was last detected in Benin's waters. As the company specified, the search for it is currently underway.
We regret that contact has been lost with the AE-managed MT Marine Express while at Cotonou, Benin. Last contact was at 03:30 UTC, Feb 1. Authorities have been alerted and are responding. Our top priority is the safety of the crew, whose families have been contacted. Updates TBA.— Anglo-Eastern (@angloeasterngrp) 2 февраля 2018 г.
Merchant Ship Marine Express with 22 Indian nationals is missing off the Coast of Benin in the Gulf of Guinea. We are making all out efforts in coordination with Nigerian and Benin naval authorities to trace the missing ship. We have set up a Helpline no.(+234)9070343860.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) 4 февраля 2018 г.