More ships missing as pirates plunder

Singapore: The Information Fusion Centre (IFC), part of the Singapore Navy, has issued an alert of another tanker missing in the South China Sea. The centre is requesting all vessels in the region to keep a lookout for the Arsenal, which has been reported missing.

The owners of the product tanker, Global Marine Transport, lost contact with the ship approximately 12 nautical miles off Malaysia yesterday morning. A tug, Pawai, was accompanying the MT Arsenal. The tanker was transporting MOGAS cargo. It has 12 crewmembers on board. The 1976-built, 1832 dwt ship is registered in Indonesia.

Meanwhile, ReCAAP has reported that the Malaysia-registered tug boat, Manyplus 12 and the towing barge, Hub 18, loaded with 138 containers, have also gone missing. The pair departed Sibu, Sarawak, East Malaysia for Port Klang, Peninsula Malaysia. The vessels were scheduled to arrive at Port Klang in the morning of 13 June. However, Manyplus 12 and Hub 18 did not arrive at Port Klang on the scheduled date. The shipping company’s last contacted the master on 9 June at or about 1910 hrs when the vessels were approximately 61.37 nm west of Tanjung Datu, Sarawak. There were 11 crew onboard the tug boat.  

These latest two incidents follow a swirl of robberies at sea in the region which led the United Nations last week to report Southeast Asia has become the global hotspot for piracy.  [18/06/14]

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