"It could be a hijacking. We have sent signals for ships in
the area to keep a lookout and the authorities have been
alerted," Noel Choong, the head of IMB's Kuala Lumpur-based
Piracy Reporting Center, told Reuters on Saturday.
Authorities lost contact with the MT Orapin 4 after it departed
from a terminal in Singapore on May 27, according to a report by
the IMB. It was headed for Pontianak, Indonesia.
Pirates raided a tanker off the coast of Malaysia in late April,
taking 3 million liters of diesel from the tanker
Previous tanker hijackings and cargo thefts have taken place
closer to Singapore, with five such incidents between 2011 and
2013, according to the government-to-government body, Regional
Co-operation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery
against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP).
There were eight armed attacks in the Malacca Strait and around
Singapore in the first quarter this year, compared with one in
the same period last year, Singapore-headquartered ReCAAP said,
although most were small thefts.
(Reporting By Al-Zaquan Amer Hamzah; Editing by Matt Driskill)
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