An extensive search has failed to find an officer reported missing from a George Economou-controlled LNG carrier in the Atlantic.

Croatian second officer Toni Jurisic, 35, disappeared from TMS Cardiff Gas’ 174,000-cbm LNGShips Athena (built 2021) on 10 June, en route from Gibraltar to Trinidad & Tobago, according to the Split-Dalmatia County Police Department.

The incident has been registered with Croatia’s register of missing persons.

TMS Cardiff Gas has been contacted for further information.

The secretary-general of the Croatian Seafarers Union, Neven Melvan, confirmed the disappearance.

The union is in contact with Jurisic’s family in Split, as well as the shipowner, the Hina news agency reported.

Melvan said the vessel had covered more than 200 miles in search for the missing officer.

Police were due to conduct an onboard investigation once the ship reached port.

AIS data shows the LNGShips Athena left Pont Fortin in Trinidad & Tobago on 18 June and was heading to Esquivel in Jamaica on Tuesday.

In May, TradeWinds reported that TMS Cardiff Gas appeared to have returned to ordering LNG carrier newbuildings by booking two vessels at Samsung Heavy Industries priced at $230.7m each and due for delivery by March 2026.

Newbuilding sources in South Korea and Europe were linking the owner to the vessels that were announced by SHI.

One South Korean broker described the price as “quite remarkable”, while another said it is a record for a conventional LNG carrier.