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Thai tanker Lapin attacked, cargo stolen, Malacca Strait

Feb. 16, 2015 at 03:57 by Mikhail Voytenko in Maritime Security

Pirates attacked a Thai tanker Lapin at around 2000 LT (ICT time) Feb 13 in position 03 11N 100 43E, some 40 nm northwest of Port Klang, Malaysia, Malacca Strait. 6 or 8 pirates, presumably Indonesians, armed with guns and kris, boarded the vessel and captured the 10 crew. Tanker was loaded with bunker fuel, 2,000 tons were siphoned to another vessel, which moored alongside the Lapin. After stoling the cargo pirates left tanker, leaving on upper bridge a device resembling a bomb. Lapin sailed to Thai waters of a southern province Satun bordering Malaysia, Malacca Strait, where finally, on Feb 15, Master was able to report incident and to request assistance. At 0530 UTC Feb 16 tanker was according to AIS, drifting north off Ko Ta Ru Tao island, Satun province. The bomb should be already disarmed, as the Thai Navy sent a bomb squad.

Thai tanker Lapin attacked, cargo stolen, Malacca Strait

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