Tanker Srikandi 515 hijacked and missing, crew thrown overboard after 13 days captivity
According to Indonesian media, product tanker Srikandi 515, loaded with 3,100 tons of palm oil, left Sampit, Kalimantan, on Oct 8, bound for Gresik, East Java. Vessel didn’t arrive to Gresik as scheduled, search was launched on Oct 17. On Oct 24 Malaysian fishermen picked up tanker’s crew and took them to Chendering, Malaysia, situated on Malaysian mainland territory on South East China sea coast. According to the 11 crew, vessel was captured by pirates on Oct 9. Crew was held captive for 13 days, locked, with eyes blindfolded. It is understood, that finally, the crew was disembarked on a life boat or life raft with food and water supplies. Tanker disappeared, search is under way. Last AIS position at 2234 (assumingly UTC) Oct 8 in 03 29S 113 03E, speed 5 knots, course 242 deg.