June 18, 2015

"After the tanker was hijacked, the pirates repainted the ship and changed the name to Kim Harmon."

Malay Mail A Malaysian naval vessel has made contact with the pirates onboard hijacked tanker Orkim Harmony and is trying to persuade them to surrender, a maritime official said today. via Reuters

'The tanker as of noon (0400 GMT) was in Vietnamese waters headed south with the Malaysian navy vessel KD Terengganu and a maritime ship in pursuit.

'Both the crew and the cargo onboard the tanker are safe, and the navy is negotiating with the robbers through the captain of the Orkim Harmony, said Vice Admiral Ahmad Puzi, deputy director general of the operations unit of the Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), in a press briefing.

'“From our experience, as long as there’s no situation that alarms the criminals, the crew will be safe,” Ahmad Puzi said.

'“We are using a soft approach first, trying to advise them to surrender,” he said, adding that the mood of the negotiations is “good”.

'The 7,300 deadweight tonne (DWT) Orkim Harmony was hijacked on June 11 about 30 nautical miles from the Johor port of Tanjung Sedili carrying around 50,000 barrels of RON95 gasoline, in the second such incident in the same area this month.'

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