KUALA LUMPUR – Eight hijackers of MT Orkim Harmony had escaped with the ship’s rescue boat, according to a statement by the chief of the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN), Admiral Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar, here last night.
“Ship’s crew will be escorted to Kuantan Port and expected to arrived at 2 am tomorrow,” Abdul Aziz said.
One of the crew sustained light injury according to a statement by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA).
Earlier the hijackers of MT Orkim Harmony had reportedly changed course to the east heading for Natuna Island, Indonesia in an attempt to escape.
The tanker, owned by Magna Meridian Sdn Bhd and carrying 6,000 tonnes of petrol worth RM21 million, was reported missing since Thursday while on the way from Melaka to Kuantan Port, Pahang.
The tanker, which authorities confirmed to be MT Orkim Harmony, has been repainted and renamed ‘Kim Harmon’.
A total of 16 vessels and four aircraft with 1,200 officers and men are involved in the operation.