KUALA LUMPUR: The Navy released pictures of the hijacked MT Orkim Harmony, now ‘renamed’ Kim Harmon, as pirates try to evade detection in Cambodian waters.
Navy chief Admiral Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar said the photographs were taken from the Navy’s Super Lynx helicopter which tailed the ship which had at least eight pirates are onboard.
“They are armed with pistols and parangs. They speak with Indonesian accent,” he said on Twitter.
Abdul Aziz said his men on KD Terengganu are in a “negotiation process” with the pirates to discuss their terms of surrender.
He said the Navy has promised that none of the perpetrators would be harmed. The 22 crew of the oil tanker are said to be safe.
The tanker was detected in waters off Cambodia.
The tanker, which was carrying 5,000 tonnes of RON95 fuel belonging to Petronas worth RM21mil, left Malacca on Thursday and was to arrive at Kuantan Port at 10.30am the next day, but communication was lost at about 8.54pm.
The MMEA was notified almost 10 hours later at 6.30am the next day that it had gone missing.