Pirates hijacked a Liberian-flag oil tanker with 26 men on board in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Oman on May 10.
The MT Smyrni was reportedly sailing from Turkey with a cargo of 135,000 tons of crude oil when it was seized approximately 285 nautical miles southeast of Somalia.
“No communications have been received from the ship since the ship was boarded,” ship owner Dynacom Tankers Management said.
The 149,998-deadweight ton Smyrni, which joined Greece-based Dynacom’s fleet last year, was on its second voyage.
"The Liberian government is in the know of the matter and we are closely watching the developments," the Indian Shipping Ministry said.
Reports said the ship was attacked twice before being boarded by armed pirates. The ship’s crew included 14 Filipinos, 11 Indians and one Romanian.
According to the International Maritime Organization, African pirates are holding captive about 300 crew members on some 17 ships.