The hijack of Malaysian tanker Zafirah in South China Sea

Nov. 24, 2012 at 03:57 by Mikhail Voytenko in Maritime Security
ReCAAP report: The Malaysia-registered tanker, Zafirah carrying 320,173 litres of marine gas oil departed Pasir Gudang, Johor, Peninsular Malaysia for Miri, Sarawak, East Malaysia. The owner had lost communications with Zafirah. The last known position of Zafirah was at approximately 174.4 nm southeast of Con Son Island, Vietnam in pos 07 10.16N, 109 09.29E on 19 Nov 12 at or about 1641 hrs local time. On 21 Nov 12 at or about 0600 hrs, a Vietnamese fishing vessel BV92350 rescued the nine crew of Zafirah comprising five Myanmar nationals and four Indonesians. The crew was transferred to Vietnam MRCC’s search and rescue vessel, SAR 413 and arrived at shore on 22 Nov 12. The crew was reported to be in good condition. On 22 Nov 12 at or about 0404 hrs, Zafirah was located at approximately 35 nm south-east of Vung Tung in pos 09 50.10N, 107 19.59E. The Vietnam Marine Police despatched two patrol vessels to the location to monitor the situation. The tanker was reported to have been renamed MD FEAHORSE and has a different IMO number. From the statement made by the master of Zafirah, there were 11 pirates onboard the tanker and they were armed with long knives and pistols. On 22 Nov 12 at or about 1600 hrs, the Vietnam Marine Police Special Task Force boarded Zafirah and apprehended all 11 pirates who are currently under the custody of the VMP. See map at http://www.odin.tc/news/read.asp?articleID=1552 The hijack of Malaysian tanker Zafirah in South China Sea

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