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Seychelles in joint operation to recover drifting tanker, MT ESERPANZA

Seychelles in joint operation to recover drifting tanker, MT ESERPANZA ( In a joint operation mounted this week, the Seychelles Coast Guard (SCG) and Seychelles Ports Authority (SPA) recovered a drifting tanker, the MT ESPERANZA. The operation, which saw the participation of PS ANDROMACHE and Tug ALLOUETTE, took place some 200 nautical miles South West of Mahe Island.

The MT ESPERANZA, a 79-meter Sierra Leone registered tanker, had been drifting at sea for several months. An unofficial report indicates that her crew was rescued by a foreign navy ship early in December 2010, after being adrift for several days with engine problems. The crew is reported to be safe and sound in Oman. The vessel was apparently left adrift in the ocean, until it was relocated several days ago.

The Seychelles Maritime Safety Administration (SMSA) evaluated that the drifting 1,332 Gross Tonnage (GRT) tanker posed a danger to navigation, as well as an environmental threat for Seychelles' diverse and sensitive marine ecosystem. To mitigate the associated risks, it was decided to tow the vessel back to the safety.

PHOTO: Crew on the Seychellois coastguard vessel / Image via

MEDIA CONTACT: Alain St. Ange, CEO, Seychelles Tourism Board, Email:

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