Tanker HAI SOON 12 hijacked and released, pirates arrested, Java Sea
ReCAAP reported first in 2016 tanker hijack in South East Asia. On 8 May, the ReCAAP ISC received information from a shipping company about the loss of communications with one of their ships, oil product tanker, Hai Soon 12.The shipping company had lost communications with Hai Soon 12 for about 12 hours and the ship did not respond to the company’s attempts to contact the ship. Hai Soon 12, carrying 4,000 metric tons of Marine Gas Oil (MGO), had departed Singapore and was supposed to travel down via Sunda Straits to the Southern Ocean to conduct high seas bunkering / selling MGO to fishing vessels. However, the ship deviated from her planned route and travelled in a southeasterly direction towards Sulawesi instead.
Two TNI-AL (Indonesian Navy) ships were despatched to locate Hai Soon 12, who maintained her course towards Bawean Island until on 8 May 16 at about 2211 hrs, she altered course tracking eastwards.
On 9 May 16 at about 1430 hrs, the TNI-AL ships intercepted and boarded Hai Soon 12. Nine
perpetrators were found on board the ship and were arrested. All 21 crew members of Hai Soon 12 were safe and not injured. The cargo was also found to be intact. The ship was reportedly renamed to “AISO”.
Initial investigations revealed that on 7 May at about 2045 hrs, nine perpetrators climbed up the poop deck of Hai Soon 12 from a small boat in waters off Pulau Belitung. The crew was tied up in the mess room. Arrangements were overheard stating the intent to sell the MGO in the night. Hai Soon 12 has been detained and is being escorted to Surabaya for further investigation.
Full report: http://www.recaap.org/DesktopModules/Bring2mind/DMX/Download.aspx?Command=Core_Download&EntryId=446&PortalId=0&TabId=78
This is the second hijack in South East Asia, conducted in such an “amateur” manner, as far as I can remember. Pirates didn’t even switch off AIS. The crew were too slack in watching and responding, failing to activate the alarm.