Missing Vietnamese Oil Tanker Sunrise 689 Feared to Be Hijacked

Posted On: 09-10-2014

Vietnamese oil tanker missing for five days is feared to have been hijacked say maritime officials searching for the vessel

Vietnamese oil tanker Sunrise 689 reported to be missing for five days may have been hijacked after sailing from Singapore last week, say maritime officials searching for the vessel.The vessel is said to have vanished from radar at 1:21 p.m. Vietnam time on Oct. 3, about 20 hours after leaving the city-state, according to Dao Van Quang, chairman and chief executive officer of Hai Phong Sea Product Shipbuilding Co., the registered owner of this vessel.

The vessel, carrying 5,226 tons of oil products, was scheduled to arrive in Quang Tri province, Vietnam, on Sunday, October 5th, the Wall Street Journal writes.

"We strongly suspect she has been hijacked," John Robin, the duty officer at the International Maritime Bureau's piracy reporting center in Kuala Lumpur, told Bloomberg. "We don't know for certain. There could also be a communication breakdown. We know a vessel went missing several days ago."

Vietnamese search and rescue authorities have launched a search party for the vessel.

Vietnam has sent a diplomatic note to the embassies of Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia seeking help in the vessel search, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in an e- mailed statement.


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