Thai tanker MGT 1 hijacked, cargo of diesel oil stolen
Thai tanker MGT 1 was attacked by a group of 13 armed pirates, on two small boats, at around 2100 LT Sep 6 in South China sea in vicinity 5 09N 104 17E, some 80 nm east of Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia. Tnaker was en route from Rayong Thailand, Gulf of Siam, to Phuket Island, Andaman sea. Pirates took tanker under control and forced crew to siphon some 900 tons (out from some 2000 tons being on board) of diesel oil into pirates’ mother ship, details of mother ship unknown or not revealed. During the hijack crew or bridge watch most probably, managed to activate SSAS, alerting Malaysian Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA). Tanker was boarded by MMEA forces at around 0400 LT Sep 7, MMEA also managed to seize 10 pirates, searching for remaining 3 – not clear whether they flee tanker, or hide somewhere inside tanker.
ReCAAP, which published accident press-release, didn’t say what happened to mother ship and stolen fuel, was it recovered or not.
Update: 3 pirates which escaped arrest fled on a boat. No news on stolen fuel and mother ship. Thai 14 crew safe. Tanker taken to Kuala Terengganu for investigation.