Oriental Glory hit again, becomes seventh product tanker taken by Southeast Asian pirates since January

Singapore: A small product tanker has been hit by robbers stealing its cargo for the second time in the space of a year.

The Malaysia-registered product tanker Oriental Glory was surrounded by six fishing boats at around 0600hrs yesterday morning off Labuan in East Malaysia. 30 perpetrators boarded the tanker and took it to another location, some 188 nautical miles northwest of Bruit Island, also in Malaysia. A total of 2,500 metric tons of oil was siphoned off the vessel.

All crew are safe and the vessel is proceeding to Tanjung Manis for further investigation, regional piracy watchdog ReCAAP said in an incident alert.

The unfortunate Oriental Glory was hit by pirates last July too.

This is the seventh incident of ship fuel siphoning reported since January this year. ReCAAP urged vessels to exercise enhanced vigilance and the littoral states to step up surveillance.

The navies of the littoral states – Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore – are looking at bolstering patrols in the South China Sea.


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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