Kuala Lumpur: An Australian aircraft has seen the missing Orkim Victory in Cambodian waters. The ship, hijacked last week off the southeast coast of Malaysia, was the second Orkim ship to be attacked by pirates recently.
Malaysian news agency Bernama, reported Malaysia’s Chief of Navy Admiral Abdul Aziz Jaafar as saying that the Orkim Harmony has been repainted and renamed to Kim Harmon.
“We have found the vessel and RMAF, MMEA and RAAF aircraft are tailing it from the air,” Jaafar told Bernama, referring to the Malaysian air force and maritime enforcement agency, and the Royal Australian Air Force.
The 7,300 dwt vessel was hijacked on June 11, carrying around 50,000 barrels of RON95 gasoline. The ship was taking a cargo of 6,000 metric tonnes of products for Petronas.
The crew of 22 consists of 16 Malaysians, five Indonesians and one Myanmar national.
The Malaysian navy said today they have been in touch with the ship’s captain and all the crew are safe and unharmed. Negotiations are currently underway with the hijackers.