KUALA LUMPUR, June 2 (Reuters) – A Thai oil tanker reported missing two days ago has been recovered with all of its crew members safe but pirates who hijacked the tanker took its cargo and damaged communications gear, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said on Monday.
The MT Orapin 4 lost contact with authorities after departing for Indonesia from a terminal in Singapore on Friday, prompting the IMB to send an alert shortly after.
The tanker arrived in Thailand’s Sri Racha port on Sunday evening and Thai authorities will be investigating the incident, Noel Choong, the head of IMB’s Kuala Lumpur-based Piracy Reporting Center, told Reuters.
Pirates raided a tanker off the coast of Malaysia in late April, taking 3 million litres of diesel. (Reporting By Al-Zaquan Amer Hamzah; Editing by Paul Tait)
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The full IMB Piracy Report is below:
27.05.2014: Enroute From Singapore To Pontianak, Indonesia.
A Product Tanker laden with fuel oil cargo departed Singapore on the 27.05.2014 with ETA discharge port, Pontianak as 29.5.2014. The owners lost contact with the vessel and informed the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre which immediately notified all authorities and broadcast a warning to all ships to look out for the vessel. On 01.06.2014 the vessel safely arrived at Sriracha port in Thailand. Information from the crew indicates that the vessel was hijacked by pirates who damaged the communication equipment on board the vessel and stolen its oil cargo. The crew and vessel are safe