New vessels missing in South China Sea, believed hijacked

By Piracy

The Information Fusion Centre (IFC) in Singapore has issued an alert of another tanker missing in South China Sea. The Centre is requesting all vessels in the region to keep a lookout for the Arsenal, which has been reported missing.

The owners of the product tanker, Global Marine Transport LPOC (Vietnam), lost contact with the ship approximately 12 nautical miles off Malaysia yesterday (June 17) at 7:45 local time. A tug, Pawai, was accompanying the MT Arsenal. The tanker was transporting MOGAS cargo, which makes it a tempting pirate target. It has 12 crew members on board.

MT Arsenal (IMO number 7620964 and MMSI 457718000) is registered in Indonesia. The DWT 1,832-ton vessel was built in 1976.

Meanwhile, ReCAAP informed that T.B Manyplus 12 is missing with a towing barge, Hub 18. They departed Sibu, Sarawak (East Malaysia) loaded with 138 containers and were en route to Port Klang. They were scheduled to arrive at the port on 14th June but have not shown up yet. The owner of the vessel lost contact with the crew on June 9 approximately 62 nautical miles west of Tanjung Datu (Sarawak, Borneo).

There are 11 crew members on board the tug.

T.B Manyplus (IMO number 8996671 and MMSI 533000973) was built in 2004 and is registered in Malaysia. Manager of the vessel in Highline Shipping SDN BHD.

New vessels missing in South China Sea, believed hijacked