ReCAAP reports that pirates have hijacked another tanker in Southeast Asia, taking the total for the year so far to eight ships hijacked.
According to the report, the MT Oriental Glory had left Labuan, East Malaysia and was bound for Tunjung Manis, Sarawak, East Malaysia when six boats surrounded her and an estimated 30 (thirty) pirates boarded the ship on May 15th. The ship was then taken to another location, 05:22.02N – 109:33.06E, around 188nm NW of Bruit Island, Malaysia. It would appear that it came alongside a second tanker and that 2,500 MT of ship fuel/oil was then siphoned off.
The pirates appear to have then left the ship which is now under crew control and heading to Tanjung Manis for further investigation.
This is the seventh reported incident of hijacking for cargo in the region so far in 2015. The Oriental Glory was involved in a similar incident in July 2014, when 25 pirates boarded her off Indonesia and stole some 1,600 MT of MGO.
Authorities in the region are investigating.