Spanish ferry 'lost' in pirate waters found
20 May 2004, MADRID- A newly built Spanish-owned ferry which went missing between Singapore and Sri Lanka in waters where pirates operate has been found, Spanish officials said Thursday.
20 May 2004
MADRID- A newly built Spanish-owned ferry which went missing between Singapore and Sri Lanka in waters where pirates operate has been found, Spanish officials said Thursday.
The 500-seat high-speed catamaran "Nixe" was built in Singapore and was on its way to Spain, where it was to ferry passengers to and from Morocco.
The ship was reported to have had problems with communication equipment.
But the owner said the catamaran and its crew were safe.
It is expected to dock in Sri Lanka for repairs before continuing on its voyage.
It had been due to arrive at Galle, Sri Lanka, last Monday at 11pm.
The crew last made contact at 6pm Sunday as they were leaving the Strait of Malacca.
On board were 10 Spaniards and two technicians of unknown nationality who worked for the company that built the ship, MarinTeknik.
The ferry, valued at EUR 15 million (USD 18m), was owned by Spanish firm Balearia.
Spain had asked for a search and rescue team to head to the area.
It also asked its diplomats in the region to press local governments for an investigation.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news