The authorities in Malaysia are hunting for a pirate group who hijacked and robbed a tanker off the eastern coast of the country.
A local commander with the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (ММЕА), Mohamad Sufi Mohamad Ramli, said:
“Ten machete-wielding pirates boarded the ship, which was carrying about a million litres of diesel. They took control of the tanker for about 10 hours.”
The criminals tied up all 22 crew members on board, siphoned off the fuel to another vessel (60-meter barge), took the crew valuables and having destroyed all communication equipment, they escaped.
“We have activated 24-hour sea patrols around Bintulu waters (in the South China Sea) to prevent similar attacks. We are hunting down the pirates. ” Mohamad Sufi added.
The crew of MT Budi Mesra Dua was unharmed. Currently, they are in Labuan assisting the investigation. The tanker is docked at Labuan Port.
Budi Mesra Dua (IMO number 9554913 and MMSI 533897000) was built in 2009 and is registered in Malaysia. The DWT 6,905-ton vessel in managed bu Global Ts Sdh. Bhd.