Chemical tanker vessel missing off Malaysia

By Piracy

The Information Fusion Centre in Singapore has issued a request for all vessels to keep a look out for a missing ship by the name of MT Sun Birdie, a Malaysian-flagged chemical tanker.

Communication with the vessel was lost on Wednesday, January 28th. The last determined position of the ship was at Lat 01°19.39'N , Long 104°12.35'E (1NM South of Tanjung Ayam, Malaysia).

An attack on the vessel has not been ruled out as a potential cause. Estimates in 2014 determined that there was another annual increase regarding the number of maritime crimes across Southeast Asia.

According to statistics, there was a 21% increase concerning reported maritime crime across the region when compared to the data from back in 2013.

MT Sun Birdie (IMO: 9073256, MMSI: 533130045) was built in 1993. 

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