Media reports in South East Asia state that the Vietnamese tanker, MT Sunrise 689, has reportedly gone missing whilst en route to Vietnam¬†and there are fears she may have been hijacked.¬†
MT Sunrise 689 left Singapore¬†on October 2nd and contact with her was lost shortly afterwards. The Vietnamese News Agency stated that she had been carrying a cargo of 5,226 tons of oil and a crew complement of 18.
The Singapore and Malacca Straits have seen a surge in tanker hijackings this year, something the region had been able to clamp down on up until 2014. If confirmed as a hijack, this would be the 13th tanker to have been taken by pirates this year.