Tanker GPT 21 hijacked in Malacca Strait, cargo stolen
Chemical tanker GPT 21 was hijacked by 10 pirates on Nov 7 13 west of Pulau Kukup island, Malaysia, Malacca Strait, near Singapore. Pirates tied up all the crew members and held them hostage in a cabin before commanding the Master to steer the ship to a pre-designated position where another tanker was waiting, the IMB says. Pirates left the vessel after they stole the cargo and crew’s valuables. None of the crew was injured. IMB didn’t reveal the name of the vessel. The name of the vessel became known thanks to TradeWinds - reliable sources in the region tell TradeWinds it was chemical tanker GPT 21.
This is the second Nigeria-style robbery in less than a month. Thai-flagged tanker Danai 4 story:
Chemical tanker Danai 4, lost since Oct 13, was hijacked by pirates and released either at night Oct 15 or in the morning Oct 16, after its’ cargo of fuel oil was stolen. Tanker is to return to Singapore, canceling initial voyage to Vietnam. Pirates destroyed all communication equipment, including AIS.
This is rather unusual incident with regards to South East Asia piracy, it’s more in Nigerian piracy style. In any case, it’s an alarming incident maybe signaling a new type of piracy emerging in the region.