Moresby 9, a product tanker registered in Honduras, was reported hijacked on Friday. The owner of the vessel said he had lost contact with the vessel off Malaysia. Since then the vessel has been reconnected.
According to the owner, the Moresby 9 was attacked by unknown men at around 7:30 pm LT 34 nautical miles off the Anambas Islands on July 4. The criminals managed to board the vessel. The Information Fusion Centre (IFC) in Singapore was informed and the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) also responded to the alert. The Indonesian Navy deployed vessels to the reported location but did not find Moresby 9. The tanker was loaded with 2,200 tonnes of MGO (marine gas oil).
“The shipping company managed to establish communications with Moresby 9 and is currently conducting an investigation of what had occurred onboard the tanker.”
There was no further information on where the tanker was recontacted. The ReCAAP reminded this was the second incident with Moresby 9 - in 2013, MMEA foiled a fuel siphoning from the tanker.
Moresby 9 (MMSI 334647000) was built in 1977. The Honduras-flagged vessel has 2,408 DWT.