UAE tanker abandoned, drifting in Arabian sea UPDATE Sank

UPDATE Jan 24: Reported sank.

UPDATE: Tanker issued distress signal at around 0600 UTC Jan 23, reporting flooded engine room, sinking. Indian CG coordinated SAR, all 13 crew were rescued by passing nearby cargo ship, all are reported safe. Tanker is understood to remain afloat, drifting. The ship was en route from Basrah to Hazira India.

Bitumen tanker REEM 5 reported abandoned, adrift in Arabian sea 185 nm SW of Karachi, Pakistan, since morning Jan 23. Latest AIS dated 0020 UTC Jan 23, speed 4 knots, moving due S. AIS track is interrupting, actually no continuous AIS track since Jan 2019. No other details available at the moment.
Bitumen tanker REEM 5 (ex Bhagavathy ex Asphalt Merchant), IMO 8300767, dwt 1893, built 1983, flag Panama, manager AURUM SHIP MANAGEMENT FZ UAE.

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Erofey is a Merchant Marine Captain with more than 20 years experience in commanding oil tankers. He works as a Captain, being most of his time at sea. He contributes maritime news.