Mastermind behind Orkim Harmony hijacking caught on Batam

In news which may raise a few eyebrows in nearby Singapore, Indonesian police in Batam yesterday have captured Heintje Lango, one of the main conspirators behind the hijacking of Malaysian product tanker Orkim Harmony.

The 7,300 dwt vessel was hijacked on June 11, carrying a cargo of 6,000 metric tonnes of products for Petronas. It was found in Cambodian waters a week later, with the name changed to Kim Harmony. While the pirates fled the vessel to escape the Malaysian Navy, they were later picked up the following day on the Vietnamese island of Tho Chu.

Indonesian officials said that Lango was one of the “brains” behind the hijacking. He was picked up yesterday afternoon around 3:30pm in a housing complex in Bengkong, a popular tourist area of Batam.

Albert Johanes, said to be the other mastermind behind the hijacking, was tracked down in west Jakarta in August and apprehended by authorities.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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