Malaysians congratulated for quick piracy response

Masafumi Kuroki, executive director, at the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Centre has commended authorities for their quick actions in thwarting yet another piracy attack in Southeast Asia.

The Thai-flagged product tanker MGT 1 was underway from Rayong port, Thailand when it was attacked to the east of Kuala Dungun, Kuala Terengganu in western Malaysia.

13 armed perpetrators with two small fast boats boarded the tanker and forced the crew to transfer 1m litres of diesel oil to a mother ship. The crew managed to activate the SSAS alarm. The Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) dispatched two ships and a helicopter to the location and rescued the tanker at early this morning. Ten perpetrators were apprehended and search for the remaining three perpetrators is ongoing. The tanker is now being escorted to Kuala Terengganu for further investigation.

This is the second incident involving theft of oil cargo reported in Asia in 2017.

“The rapid apprehension of the perpetrators and successful rescue of the crew and vessel within hours from reporting is a testament to the effectiveness of timely reporting by the ship and effective enforcement by the relevant authorities,” commented ReCAAP’s Kuroki.

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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