A huge oil tanker has washed up on a beach in Liberia with no captain or crew, leaving authorities baffled as they try to unravel the mystery surrounding it.
The Panama-registered Tamaya 1’s last location was recorded on April 22, when it was heading toward the port of Dakar, Senegal, according to Marine Traffic.
The 64-meter tanker drifted ashore May 4 on a beach near Robertsport on the northern Liberia coast. Locals spotted the vessel and reported it, but it took two more days before it was officially noticed by the Liberian government, according to the Daily Observer.
Liberia’s coast guard chief, maritime security chief and high ranking government officials have since visited the scene and an investigation is under way.
Officials told residents that the abandoned vessel posed no security threat, according to Farbric Radio.
All communications and other major parts of the ship were removed before authorities arrived to inspect the vessel. There were no recent operational documents on board, just some papers dating between 2009 and 2014.
Armed police officers were stationed at the ship after several arrests were made for looting, though some of the stolen property – including crude oil – has been retrieved, according to a Farbric Radio update.