The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has evacuated all 22 crew members from a product tanker in distress on Wednesday.

The ship was named as Global King, but appears to be the 6,700-dwt Global King 1 (built 2007).

The tanker was reported to be taking on water 93 nautical miles off Porbandar.

The ICG said the asphalt/bitumen tanker, formerly Asphalt Spring, was the subject of a “swift rescue operation”.

The agency called the vessel “distressed”.

ICG vessels and a helicopter were launched from Porbandar to carry out the rescue operation.

The Coast Guard was responding to a “flooding distress alert” from the ship, it said .

Other merchant vessels were diverted to the area.

Video footage shot from the chopper shows the tanker listing to starboard.

According to ICG officials, the rescued crew includes 20 Indians, together with one Pakistani and one Sri Lankan national.

The crew members were being transported to the port of Porbandar on Wednesday.

No pollution has been reported.

Detained in March

The Panama-flag ship has protection and indemnity cover with the Shipowners Mutual club in the UK.

UK shipbroker Clarksons lists the vessel as controlled by Global Tankers of Chandigarh, India, and managed by Glory International of the United Arab Emirates.

The manager has been contacted for further information.

The fate of the vessel is not yet clear.

The Global King 1 was detained in Penang, Malaysia, in March after failing a port state control inspection with nine deficiencies.

Grounds for detention were faults with its machinery controls alarm and oil filtering equipment.

This was the first detention on record for the Global King 1.