Indonesian product tanker hijacked

An Indonesian product tanker carrying 900,000 litres of diesel has been hijacked in Malaysian waters.

The Vier Harmoni has since moved back into Indonesian territory, near the island of Batam, according to the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA).

The identity of the hijackers has yet to be identified but unlike the spate of other recent piracy activity in Southeast Asia this latest attack does not bear the hallmarks of the Philippine Muslim group, Abu Sayyaf.

The Indonesian flagged 950 dwt ship is owned by Jakarta-headquartered Vierlines.


Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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