Vietnam confirms tanker was hijacked

MT Sunrise 689 was taken by pirates.

Vietnamese oil tanker Sunrise confirmed to be hijacked

Police have confirmed that Vietnamese oil tanker Sunrise 689 was hijacked and robbed of a third of its oil load by a gang of armed pirates, suffering an estimated loss worth about VND30 billion (US$1.4 million).

The tanker, which belongs to a shipbuilding company in the northern port city of Haiphong, was carrying a crew of 18 people and over 5,000 tonnes of oil when it vanished from radar 40 minutes after leaving Singapore on October 2 for Quang Tri province in central Vietnam.

A week later, the ship and its crew were released and arrived in Quang Tri on October 9.

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