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
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
'“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.'