Oil tanker found with cargo missing, crew safe

PUTRAJAYA - ‎Oil tanker MT Joaquim, which was reported missing since Saturday night, was found in Indonesian waters near Pulau Rupat with its cargo missing.

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said the 10 crew members are safe while two were injured by the pirates.

"The vessel is being escorted back to Malaysian waters," said Hishammudin after officiating the Pandan Umno delegates meeting.

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency deputy-director general (operations) ‎Maritime Vice-Admiral Datuk Ahmad Puzi Ab Kahar said the tanker was 1.5 nautical miles outside Malaysian waters.

Ahmad Puzi said based on information given by a representative of the company, 3,500 metric tonnes of marine fuel oil were missing.

The ship's last reported location at 1.50pm on Saturday was 21.9 nautical miles west off Port Dickson.

On June 11, Oil Tanker Orkim Harmony was seized by pirates while sailing from Kuantan to Malacca.

All 22 crew were subsequently release unharmed while the pirates were arrested by Vietnamese authorities.