Tanker Orapin 4 missing, feared hijacked off Indonesia

By Piracy

Orapin 4, a Thai product tanker, has disappeared off Indonesia. The last known position of the tanker was about 4 nm north of Pulau Batam two days ago (5.30pm on May 27). Currently, maritime authorities are conducting search for the missing vessel.

Orapin 4 was en route from Singapore to Pontiak with 14 Thai crew members and was loaded with 3,377 tonnes of diesel. Orapin 4 was scheduled to arrive to its destination on Thursday, but it has not shown up yet. The owner of the vessel tried reaching the crew via email but there has not been any reply.

Three more pirate attacks have been reported for the period 27-28 May in the waters south of Singapore (Nipah Anchorage vicinity). The first attack involved Ore Vitoria, a bulk carrier registered in Liberia, and it happened at 6.25 AM. Kien San 1, a tug registered in Malaysia was attacked at 10.42 AM and the last incident was at 3.53 AM (on the next day) and involved Eastern Star, a Vietnamese bulk carrier. They all have been boarded by a four-men group, no crew has been injured and nothing has been stolen.

Orapin 4 (IMO number 8210027 and MMSI 567177000) was built in 1983. The vessel is 90 m long and its DWT is 3,827 tonnes. Last position of Orapin 4.