An oil tanker with an Indian captain and a 21-member Indian crew has been missing from the UAE for the past one week, said an NGO named Human Rights at Sea. The vessel, MV Gulf Sky, is allegedly owned by a person facing US action for aiding Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force (IRGC-QF), which is designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the US government.
In an email to TOI, CEO of Human Rights at Sea David Hammond said the location of the vessel is unknown for the past eight days and that his organization is concerned about the health, safety, and well-being of the crew and its captain Joginder Singh.
The NGO had been tracking the case since May 27, when the master of the vessel, which bears the flag of Commonwealth of Dominica, contacted it while anchored off Port Khor Fakkan Anch, UAE. It was reported to the NGO that the crew has inadequate supplies on board, including food, fresh water, fuel, medical supplies, and personal protection equipment.The condition of the crew worsened after a dispute arose between the present and previous owners of the vessel, the NGO said.
Missing of the vessel was notified to the NGO by UAE authorities on Monday. The vessel was ordered to be arrested under a UAE Admiralty Law injunction and a prohibition to sail notice was issued via the Commonwealth of Dominica.