A Syrian national, part of 18-member crew of an Iraqi -flagged ship, went missing somewhere between Hazira port and Kandla port since June 18. Days after he went missing, Kandla Marine police has registered a complaint in this regard. Security agencies, it has been learnt, are also tracking the case. Sources said Ali Adel Ibrahim, a fitter on board, was locked up in a cabin of the ship, MVMelimass, following a dispute, and probably jumped through the cabin window into the sea around 28 nautical miles off the coast.
“It is highly unlikely that he survived after jumping into the sea. The closest ship was 28 nautical miles from him. It has been more than two weeks and there is no trace of him. Still, we have alerted local police and other agencies,” said a senior police officer.
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A letter purportedly written by an official of the shipping management firm, dated June 24, said otherwise: “Ibrahim was missed on board and suspected has swam fm Hazira Anchorage Area up to the shore, since they noticed his presence on board after sailing fm Hazira port on 17.06.2016 while dropping anchor at outer anchorage position (sic).” The letter also mentioned that the “ship owner and shipping management company have taken all necessary measures and notified all concerned parties of this incident… but we are surprised fm the reaction of the local agent at Hazira who freed completely agent responsibility fm this matter (sic).”
The ship was carrying rock phosphate from Iraq and it was offloaded at Hazira port in Surat. From Hazira it sailed to Kandla port from where it is supposed to carry other materials for its journey to Bangladesh. According to IGP (Kutch range) A K Jadeja, when the ship arrived at Kandla port, the agent brought only 17 crew members.
“The crew members are not revealing anything about the missing person. They are simply saying they didn’t see him,” he said.