Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Hunt for pirates after Malaysia tanker hijacking: Official  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 13/06/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The armed pirates siphoned off the diesel fuel to another ship robbed the crew of their valuables and destroyed communication equipment before escaping he said.

malaysia is hunting for a group of machete-wielding pirates who hijacked a tanker off its eastern coast stealing a million litres of oil in the latest in a spate of attacks in its waters an official said on thursday.

pirates hijacked the malaysia-registered tanker mt budi mesra dua last saturday off bintulu in the oil-rich sarawak state as the ship sailed from neighbouring singapore.

“ten machete-wielding pirates boarded the ship which was carrying about a million litres of diesel. they took control of the tanker for about 10 hours” mohamad sufi mohamad ramli a local commander with the malaysian maritime enforcement agency told afp.

the armed pirates siphoned off the diesel fuel to another ship robbed the crew of their valuables and destroyed communication equipment before escaping he said.

“we have activated 24-hour sea patrols around bintulu waters (in the south china sea) to prevent similar attacks” mohamad sufi said.

“we are hunting down the pirates” he added.

pirates have attacked a number of vessels in waters off indonesia singapore and malaysia recently.

in april pirates injured the captain and stole diesel fuel from a thailand-owned tanker off the eastern coast of malaysia.

in the same month three indonesian crew were kidnapped and diesel fuel stolen from a singapore-managed tanker in the strait of malacca an important shipping lane.

the international maritime bureau’s kuala lumpur-based piracy reporting centre urged maritime agencies in malaysia singapore and indonesia to bolster security measures to stop the piracy menace.

“in recent weeks we have recorded five hijackings (including this latest incident) in the south china sea area and in the malacca strait” the centre’s head noel choong told afp.

“in four of the cases pirates stole the diesel and gas oil cargo” he added.

the strait of malacca is a key maritime highway linking europe and the middle east to asia and has long been a hunting ground for pirates.

attacks in the strait had dropped in recent years following stepped-up patrols and cooperation between neighbouring countries to secure waterways.

for more news from khaleej times follow us on facebook at facebook.com/khaleejtimes and on twitter at ?khaleejtimes

follow ?khaleejtimes -->


Khaleej Times

  MENA News Headlines
 Oct 9 2015 - Qatar- QSE falls 34 points, bullish phase continuesGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Qatar Stock Exchange failed to surpass the 11,800 mark as its key index lost 34 points, after being in a bullish phase for the last three consecutive sessions.Consumer goods, ...

 Oct 9 2015 - Saudi said to order spend curbs amid oil price slumpGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Saudi Arabia is ordering a series of cost-cutting measures as the slide in oil prices weighs on the kingdom's budget, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.The ...

 Oct 9 2015 - KSA- SABB Q3 profit rises 7.7% to $304mnGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Saudi British Bank (SABB), the kingdom's fifth-largest bank by assets, posted a 7.7% rise in third-quarter net profit yesterday, in line with analyst forecasts. The bank, an ...

 Oct 9 2015 - Qatar wealth fund said interested in Glencore agriculture unit saleGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) The sovereign wealth fund of Qatar has joined investors expressing an interest in buying a minority stake in Glencore's agriculture business, according to three people familiar ...

 Oct 9 2015 - Almost 300 Europe-bound migrants arrested in LibyaGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Libyan authorities said almost 300 migrants, a third of them from Senegal, were arrested Thursday as they prepared to board boats for the Mediterranean crossing to Europe."After ...

 Oct 9 2015 - Netanyahu moves to lower tensions over holy siteGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has banned Israeli cabinet ministers and legislators from visiting a sensitive Jerusalem holy site where rising tensions have spilled over into ...

 Oct 9 2015 - France carries out fresh strikes against IS in SyriaGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) France said on Friday it had carried out a second wave of strikes overnight on Islamic State targets in Syria and accused Russia of failing to target the group."Two Rafale jets ...

 Oct 9 2015 - UN envoy proposes Libya unity governmentGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) UN envoy Bernardino Leon proposed a Libyan unity government on Friday aimed at ending years of conflict, but the plan was quickly dismissed by members of the country's two rival ...

 Oct 9 2015 - Tunisian dialogue mediators win Nobel Peace PrizeGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Tunisia's National Dialogue Quartet won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for building democracy in the country after the 2011 revolution which unleashed the Arab Spring.The award ...

 Oct 9 2015 - Four Arabs stabbed in southern Israel, Jewish suspect heldGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Four Arabs were stabbed in a town in southern Israel on Friday and a Jewish suspect was arrested, police said. The attacks follow a surge in knife violence by Palestinians ...




Click to Apply


Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices


Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks

Saudi Arabia 

Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor


Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters

© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help