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Product tanker hijacked in South China sea

June 5, 2015 at 05:26 by Mikhail Voytenko in Maritime Security

A product tanker underway was reported by IMB as hijacked at 1715 UTC June 3 in position 02 21N 104 22E, 33 nm east of Mersing, Malaysia, South China Sea, by armed pirates. Pirates took tanker to a rendezvous with another vessel and transferred to it part of tanker’s oil cargo. Before leaving tanker, pirates robbed crew and vessel’s properties and damaged communication equipment. Tanker sailed to nearest port, crew safe.
No details of the hijacked tanker given in IMB report, it may be mt Orkim Victory, but it’s yet only an assumption.
Is this incident related to a probable hijacked reported yesterday by Indonesian media (see below)? Hardly so, because hijack sites are too far apart. Was then, Indonesian report a false alarm, or were there two hijacks? It’s unknown, and may remain a mystery, thanks to IMB and other bodies which are making piracy incidents secret.

Freighter hijacked in South China sea, crew thrown or jumped overboard
An Indonesian cargo vessel Mutiara was reportedly hijacked by pirates on June 3 east of Palau Bangka island, Indonesia, South China sea. Crew, again reportedly, was robbed and thrown overboard, or jumped overboard. Officials don’t confirm hijack yet, but don’t deny it, either. It is understood, that the officials don’t know what happened, at least for sure, and are trying to get more information. Local fishermen said they spotted a large freighter without lights passing them by, at night June 3 or June 4, bearing the name Mutiara.
There are at least 5 vessels under the name of Mutiara, and a dozen more with the word Mutiara as part of the name, making identification impossible.

Product tanker hijacked in South China sea

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