The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore said Saturday that it received reports that suspected pirates had boarded the Singapore-flagged chemical tanker MT Gemini, near the coast of Kenya, the Xinhua news agency reported.
A distress alert was received at about 11:50 a.m. Singapore time on Saturday, the authority said in a statement.
The authority said there were 25 crew members on board the vessel.
The tanker was at approximately 120 nautical miles from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania at the time of the incident. The vessel was reported to be on its way from Kuala Tanjung, Indonesia to Mombasa, Kenya, the statement said.
The authority said it is working with relevant government agencies and the ship manager Glory Ship Management
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