Pirates hijack tanker off Pulau Repong, Indonesia

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Pirates hijack tanker off Pulau Repong, Indonesia

Pirates hijack tanker off Pulau Repong, Indonesia

Titus Zheng
18 March 2015

Indonesian Navy commandos disguised as pirates stage a mock attack on a cargo ship during an anti-piracy exercise. Photo: PA
A product tanker was hijacked off Pulau Repong, Indonesia, by armed pirates, reported anti-piracy watchdog International Maritime Bureau (IMB).

Singa Berlian was under way around 37 nm south of Pulau Repong when it was boarded by seven masked men armed with guns and long knives on 9 March at 21:08 h local time.

The armed men held the crew hostage and took control of the ship. The 1993-built, 1,940 dwt tanker’s communication and navigational equipment were later damaged by the pirates and the vessel’s marine fuel oil cargo was transferred to another ship. The pirates then left the vessel, leaving a crew member injured.

The owner of the tanker, Sin Soon Hock, notified the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), which later dispatched their vessel for investigations.