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KUALA LUMPUR – The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) has widened the search area for the oil tanker reported missing in the waters of Tanjung Sedili, Kota Tinggi, Johor, covering about 4,000 square nautical miles.

A search operation for the MT Orkim Harmony, carrying 6,000 metric tonnes of RON 95 petrol fuel, was mounted by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) and the Navy since it went missing on Thursday

Chief of Navy, Admiral Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar, said the search operation involved three vessels owned by the RMN namely the KD Terengganu, KD Pendekar and KD Ganyang.

“Search efforts are being actively carried out by maritime enforcement agencies of neighbouring countries after being informed of the missing vessel,” he told Bernama when contacted today.

Yesterday, Abdul Aziz said as many as 150 members of the Navy were involved in search and rescue operations to assist the MMEA.

The missing Malaysian-registered vessel was sailing from Melaka to Kuantan Port when it was reported missing. It was carrying a crew of 22, comprising 16 Malaysians, five Indonesians and a Myanmar national.

– BERNAMA

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