Press release

Update on Marlin Luanda – 12:00 GMT - Trafigura confirms all crew are safe and fire is extinguished

Published on27 Jan 2024

Statement re Marlin Luanda - Update 

Updated on 27 Jan 2024 at 1200 GMT

We are pleased to confirm that all crew on board the Marlin Luanda are safe and the fire in the cargo tank has been fully extinguished. The vessel is now sailing towards a safe harbour. The crew continues to monitor the vessel and cargo closely.

We would like to recognise the exceptional dedication and bravery of the ship’s master and crew who managed to control the fire in highly difficult circumstances, as well as the essential assistance provided by Indian, United States and French Navy vessels to achieve this outcome.

No further vessels operating on behalf of Trafigura are currently transiting the Gulf of Aden and we continue to assess carefully the risks involved in any voyage, including in respect of security and safety of the crew, together with shipowners and customers.


Statement re Marlin Luanda - Update 

Updated on 27 Jan 2024 at 0700 GMT

No injuries or casualties have been reported in respect of the incident on board the Marlin Luanda. The crew is continuing efforts to control the fire in one of the ship’s cargo tanks with support from military vessels. The safety of the crew remains our utmost priority.


Statement re Marlin Luanda

Published on 26 Jan 2024


Earlier on 26th January, the Marlin Luanda, a petroleum products tanker vessel operated on behalf of Trafigura, was struck by a missile in the Gulf of Aden after transiting the Red Sea.  Firefighting equipment on board is being deployed to suppress and control the fire caused in one cargo tank on the starboard side. 

The safety of the crew is our foremost priority. We remain in contact with the vessel and are monitoring the situation carefully.  Military ships in the region are underway to provide assistance.




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