Hijacked mt Srikandi 515 arrested in Thai waters after nearly two months of captivity
Thai police on Nov 27 arrested tanker Srikandi 515, which was hijacked on Oct 9 in Kalimantan waters by pirates, and was missing since then. It is understood, that the vessel sailed into Narathiwat province waters, Thailand, Gulf of Siam, trying to get some bunker, actually tanker anchored off the coast because she didn’t have fuel to sail further. There were still some 2,500 tons of palm oil in cargo tanks. 8 Indonesians on board of tanker were arrested. Thailand authorities contacted Indonesian Embassy and notified Indonesian Police. 8 arrested pirates were armed with machetes and knives.
Tanker Srikandi 515 hijacked and missing, crew thrown overboard after 13 days captivity
October 26, 2014
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.