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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Malaysian oil tanker hijacked

KUALA LUMPUR - An oil tanker carrying 900,000 litres of diesel has been hijacked and taken into Indonesian waters, Malaysian maritime authorities said.

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) said in a statement that the ship, Vier Harmoni, has been located in the waters off Batam, Indonesia.

The MMEA said they have yet to confirm the identity of the hijackers. The ship, which sailed from the Tanjung Pelepas port in Johor on Monday, was carrying diesel with an estimated value of RM1.57 million.

MMEA director-general Ahmad Puzi Ab Kahar confirmed that the MT Vier Harmoni was currently “somewhere in Batam waters”.

“#MTVierHarmoni and its load is believed to have been hijacked, carrying 900,000 litres of diesel worth RM1.57mil,” he said in a tweet at noon on Wednesday.

Datuk Ahmad Puzi earlier tweeted about the disappearance of the vessel, saying that the MMEA had launched an investigation.

He tweeted minutes later that the vessel registered in Batam was located in waters there, based on information provided by their Indonesian counterparts.-Reuters

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