The Hellenic Coast Guard has found an abandoned vessel loaded with cigarettes in Zakyntos island while conducting a regular patrol on Tuesday, December 2nd.
The Palau-flagged vessel Amaranthous is believed to had been involved in illegal smuggling of cigarettes as vessel inspection resulted in seizure of considerable quantity of cigarette cartons on board, the coast guard said.
However, it is highly likely that the found vessel is actually the Turkey-flagged vessel Isik 2.
Namely, documents were found on board referring to Isik 2, a name that is also visible on Amaranthus’ bow under a flawed paint job.
The vessel will be towed from the area once the weather permits, the coast guard added.
Investigation is underway aimed at determining the whereabouts of the missing crew, believed to be of Ukrainian nationality.
World Maritime News Staff; Image: Hellenic Coast Guard