The Panamanian motor ore carrier Orient Treasury
disappeared without trace in the Mediterranean Sea
with all 26 of her crew in February, 1982.
She had begun her voyage at Masinlok, Phillipines
on January 12, 1982,
loaded woth 26,760 tonnes of chrome ore in bulk
destined for Uddevalla, Sweden.
She then called at Singapore for bunkers sailing on jan 19,
and transited the Suez Canal, February 8-9.
No further news was ever received of her
after she passed Pt Said at 7:30 pm local time on February 9.
When the master failed to report by radio at noon
the following day, the vessel's owners
requested that broadcasts to shipping be made.
The weather in the eastern and central Mediterranean
from February 9 to 12 was reported to have been
initially westerly force 3 to 4,
becoming cyclonic for a time,
then squally North to NE, reaching gale force 8
and storm force 10,
accompanied by thunder storms with heavy rain.