KUCHING – A vessel carrying 3,700 tonnes of palm oil valued at about RM18.5 million from Bintulu to Butterworth was robbed in the waters of Singkawang, Indonesia on Wednesday (Nov 22).
Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) deputy director-general (Operation) Vice Admiral Maritime Datuk Mohd Taha Ibrahim said the vessel Baj Ever Omega owned by Syarikat Pengangkutan Kekal Sdn Bhd was being towed by tugboat Ever Prosper owned by the same company left Bintulu on Saturday (Nov 18) and was scheduled to arrive in Butterworth on Sunday (Nov 26).
He said the MMEA was informed Ever Prosper and Baj Ever Omega were missing by Regional Cooperation Agreement On Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery (ReCAAP), at 7.08pm and by the company at 7.10pm.
“In the incident at about 4am, the four crew members of Ever Prosper and six crew of Baj Ever Omega were tied up. Baj Ever Omega with its crew comprising five Indonesians and an Indian national were towed by an unidentified tugboat to another location.
“The tugboat Ever Prosper with four crew were left behind by the pirates and they later freed themselves and sailed to Johor waters,” he said in a statement.