An LPG tanker issued distress signal and disappeared in the South China Sea approximately 200 miles off Vietnam coast, said a report of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency on June 10.

The LPG tanker Teknogas was en route from Hai Phong Vietnam to Palembang,  Indonesia. Its last AIS recorded position was on June 8, showing that the vessel was sailing at 12 37N / 109 34E, around 6 nautical miles off Vietnam coast.

LPG tanker Teknogas issued distress signal and disappeared off Vietnam coast

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At around 0230 UTC on June 10, the tanker Teknogas issued a distress signal in position 07 36N 108 00E and 200 nautical miles south of Saigon, South China sea.

Since then, there is no other information recorded by AIS.

The 4999-dwt LPG tanker Teknogas was built in 1991 currently sailing under the flag of Malaysia. The vessel is managed by the Malaysian Silverline Maritime Sdn Bhd.

All nearby vessels in the area were requested to keep a lookout for the Malaysian-flagged tanker, and provide assistance if possible.

All information regarding the missing tanker should be reported to Singapore port operation control center.