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Jupiter 6 Mysteriously Vanishes With Crew While Towing Ship

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posted on Oct, 9 2005 @ 03:07 AM
Any news on jupiter 6.
Yesterday we received a msg stating she was sighted off cape town.

posted on Oct, 10 2005 @ 12:40 PM
My cousin is part of the crew on Jupitor 6. So if there isany information on the same please let me know. My email id is

posted on Oct, 10 2005 @ 03:31 PM

Originally posted by keerthy_b
My cousin is part of the crew on Jupitor 6. So if there isany information on the same please let me know. My email id is

We would also appreciate any updates that you might recieve concerning your cousin, and the crew of Jupitor 6.

posted on Oct, 10 2005 @ 07:31 PM
Scrounged this up:


E.P.I.R.B. - Emergency position indicator radio beacon

Tug 'lost' but puzzle remains
The tug Jupiter 6 is officially presumed lost with all hands after an emergency radio beacon signal was picked up and a search failed to find the ship.

The clues are a belated signal from an emergency position indicating radio beacon, a patch of oil and a piece of wreckage in a position about 200 miles south of Port Elizabeth, well off the shipping lanes.

Such evidence indicated that the Jupiter 6's crew had a terrible battle to try to reconnect their tow twice during bad weather.

A lot more here:

posted on Oct, 10 2005 @ 09:09 PM

Originally posted by Regenmacher

A lot more here:

Great find

I don´t understand why this journalist keep refering to the towed ship as "Satsang" and not "SAPSAN"...
South African Navy Hydrographic Office call her SAPSAN. Is it some kind of coverup? If so, why?

posted on Oct, 10 2005 @ 09:39 PM

Originally posted by keerthy_b
My cousin is part of the crew on Jupitor 6. So if there isany information on the same please let me know. My email id is

I hope that your cousin, and the rest of the crew, can be located and brought to saftey. I pray for strength for your family during this rough time.

posted on Oct, 10 2005 @ 10:31 PM
The Indian Ocean is known for assorted pirates. A tugboat would be a useful tool for a gang of pirates.

posted on Oct, 19 2005 @ 12:37 PM
In the Cape Argus site Henry Du has reported on 18th that There is mounting speculation that the tug Jupiter 6, at first thought to have sunk with the loss of all 13 crew, is under the control of pirates or mutineers.

Claims that the tug and her crew are safe are rife in India, amid rumours that her owners are negotiating with "hijackers

At the weekend, Josh Lawrence, brother of a sailor aboard the tug, said in an e-mail to the Cape Argus that he had been led to believe the tug had been "hijacked" and that the local "shipping office" was negotiating with the hijackers. "They said the crew were safe," he said.

A journalist from the Times of India also e-mailed to say he believed the tug was still afloat, because a signal that was sent automatically by the vessel's emergency position indicating radio beacon was transmitted only on October 8 - more than a month after the tug's crew last reported in.

Some shipping sources here are also suspicious. When the tug left Walvis Bay, she was low in the water because of all the fuel she had taken aboard, they said.

This could have indicated that the crew were planning to stay at sea for a long time.

Salvors who boarded the Satsang reported that the tow line was almost at full length, which could indicate the line had been cut at the tug's stern, rather than snapping. Emergency towing rigs on the Satsang, set up by the tug's crew, were broken

Does it mean that the tug is under the custody of hijackers. I am having some cell phone numbers of the crew. I am able to reach to their voice mail box. I have also got a delivery report of one of my sms to a phone of a crew on board. Does it mean that the cell is alive. And what shoudl I do to trace the whereabouts using these cell numbers. Can anybody help

posted on Aug, 13 2006 @ 06:01 AM
The relatives of the missing crew have not been paid salaries for months. They hope the crew is still alive somewhere in Africa. They have decided to approach the Supreme Court, seeking an inquiry into Jupiter 6's disappearance...

New Kerala News: Relatives of missing vessel's Indian crew to approach Supreme Court

Aug 7 2006

The relatives of the Indian crew of the missing vessel 'Jupiter 6' have decided to approach the Supreme Court, seeking an inquiry into its disppearance nearly a year ago.

"We have not been paid the salaries for months," Marykutty and Sabeeha Falkage, wives of two missing crew Jose Mathew and Hassan Falkage respectively, told reporters here. They alleged that the government was not taking effective steps to trace the ship or get information about the missing crew. Shereef, a relative of Hussain Holidathagothi, urged the Union Government to initiate an inquiry into the disappearance of the ship. Marykutty had also met President, A P J Abdul Kalam, during his Kerala visit, seeking his help to trace the crew. Not wanting to give up hope, the families of the missing crew still nurse hope that they are alive and are somewhere in Africa.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

Related News Sources: Are they still sailing? (from August 10, 2006)

Btw, both of these articles call the big ship "M V Pointing" instead of "Santung" or "Sapsan"...

[edit on 2006/8/13 by Hellmutt]

posted on Aug, 31 2006 @ 12:12 PM
It's the same Jupiter 6, no doubt about it. I wonder why they got the name of the other ship wrong?

The Hindu: Kerala/Kochi News: Relatives of missing ship's crew to move Supreme Court

Monday, Aug 07, 2006

Relatives of the Indian crewmembers of the missing ship Jupiter-6 are planning to move a public interest litigation in the Supreme Court seeking to get the Government to trace the ship and the crew.

Jupiter 6, a tug, with 10 Indians and three Ukranians as crewmembers onboard, has been missing since September 5 last year.

The tug, with an unmanned dead ship in tow, had left Walvis Bay, Namibia, on August 21, for India via Port Louis, Mauritius. It vanished on September 5. The last message from the ship was on September 5 when the ship was 2030 nautical miles (around 4,000 km) off Mauritius.

P.P. Koya, Lakshadweep MP, told The Hindu that he had petitioned the Ministry of External Affairs and the Director General of Shipping to find the whereabouts of the crew. He had also urged Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi to intervene. The External Affairs Ministry had contacted the Namibian Government, but it was yet to receive any reply. Dr. Koya suspected that pirates had stolen the ship and changed its identity.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

Tug lost towing bulker to scrap



From Lloyds List
Warning issued: Salvage tug Jupiter 6
(323 gt, built 1975), towing bulk Satsang (16066 gt, built 1971) from
Walvis Bay to India. Owner of Jupiter 6 has had no contact with Jupiter
6 since Sep 6. Cape Town Radio also tried to contact the vessel, but
with no response. Last known position, as of Sep 5: lat 35 52.1S, long
23 25.9E. All vessels are requested to keep a sharp lookout and are
requested to report any sightings of Jupiter 6 and Satsang to Cape Town
Radio or Hydrosan.
Salvage tug Jupiter 6 sailed from Walvis
Bay at the end of August, towing the 16 000-ton bulk Satsang to India
for scrapping.

What's the name of other ship? Was it Satsang, or was it Satsung?. Was it Sapsan or was it M V Pointing? There are now four different names on that other ship in this thread. Which one is correct?
We are talking about the same Jupiter 6 towing a ship in September last year from Walvis Bay to India. It's strange that with so few sources here, they all manage to get a different name for that other ship...

posted on Sep, 3 2006 @ 12:22 PM
This is quite a jump in time here.

Any word on the crew? Or is the jury still out?

posted on Nov, 20 2006 @ 10:29 PM
Jupiter 6 has not been forgotten, at least not by the crew's relatives. Here's a couple of recent articles. The first article doesn't give any name(s) for the other ship, the one Jupiter 6 was supposedly towing when she disappeared...

The Hindu: Supreme Court notice on missing ship

Nov 13, 2006

The Supreme Court has issued notice to the Centre on a writ petition seeking a probe into the disappearance of ship `Jupiter 6,' its crew and other members in mysterious circumstances since September 2005.

The ship was said to have sailed from Walvis Bay to India via South Africa on August 21, 2005, when the crew informed their families of their return to India. They said that according to the agent PSAE Jupiter 6 went missing since September 5, 2005. They said that even after the issue was raised in Parliament, the Centre and other authorities had failed to take steps to trace the missing ship and the crewmembers. They said that on various dates, during the past one year newspapers and television channels across India reported about the incident. In spite of this no concrete measures were taken to seriously pursue and trace the missing Indian sailors.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

...While this article gives the other ship a couple of names ("Satsung, a dead ship formerly known as M.V. Pointing"), and mentions a mysterious phonecall (a "missed call") to a relative of one of the missing crew members. Btw, how many days does it usually take to sail from South Africa to India?

India News: Families of missing ship's crew move court

November 11, 2006

Jupiter 6, registered in Jamaica was last assigned the towage of a 16,000 tonnage bulk carrier called Satsung (a dead ship formerly known as 'M.V. Pointing), for being scrapped in Alang in Gujarat state.

On Aug 21, Mary Kunja Jose, wife of crew member Jose Mathew Kattampally, was informed that her husband would be sailing to India that evening. It was 35 days after this that the owners informed India's shipping ministry that Jupiter 6 had lost contact with shore Sep 5. In mid-2006, Howwah, sister of Hussain, one of the missing crew members from Lakshadweep received a missed call on her phone from a number believed to be the same which was used by the crew while they were in the Namibian Port.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

None of these articles mentions that the ship towed by Jupiter 6 was found as a ghost ship...

posted on Mar, 13 2007 @ 03:23 PM
Someone (thank you) sent me a very interesting link to some info on Jupiter 6 and its disappearance.


JUPITER 6 : crew before leaving Walvis bay (Picture from Missions to Seafarers)

One fact so far not known was that a ship named Caroline reported sighting Jupiter 6 on 12/9 but no radio contact could be extablished, the position was in the proximity of the last reported position but without a tow.

Jupiter 6 spotted without the tow and no radio contact could be established?

And on one internet discussion group I read that the tug could have been swallowed by a giant squid! No further comments.

A giant squid?!
No way! I wonder who came up with that idea...

posted on Mar, 16 2008 @ 05:18 AM
ITHOMI, is apparently the correct name of the ship JUPITER 6 was towing. I believe the most likely scenario is that JUPITER 6 was sunk by a freak wave.

posted on Mar, 16 2008 @ 07:36 AM
I came across this thread (again) after several years, and it looks like we will never know for sure what happened to the tug.

Nothing ever came about those reports of the crew negotiating with hijackers?

posted on Apr, 30 2008 @ 09:46 AM
reply to post by jsobecky

I don't know, John. It also seems like the conditions probably made pirates unlikely to be at the scene at that time. Here's however, another point for the squid theorist...

Colossal Squid- Worlds largest eyes

posted on May, 18 2010 @ 05:13 AM
Another ship has vanished in these waters. Someone on the ship fired an emergency flare (several witnesses) and the ship was reportedly seen "being pushed sideways" before she disappeared without a trace. Search and rescue teams have not been able to locate the ship or any debris.

Air-sea rescue but 'large ship' just disappears

posted on May, 18 2010 @ 05:24 AM
reply to post by Hellmutt


That is weird for a ship to go missing like that. Perhaps it was a pocket of gas... I do find the explanation of the ship simply running over the barge to be the most plausible.

What is even more of a mystery is the fact that we have a nice unsolved mystery here but no credits for the's a flag Helmutt, good find


[edit on 18-5-2010 by operation mindcrime]

posted on Sep, 5 2010 @ 02:07 PM
I'm going with the piracy possibility first and foremost due to the location.

Second line.

posted on Sep, 5 2017 @ 04:09 PM
a reply to: igor_ats

They mustve been shot or taken, you'd think atleast one person would've made it to the bigger ship if she sank.

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