Pirates’ logistical challenge
Hijackers may have thought cargo was oil rather than petrol.
Orkim Harmony: MMEA Says Bunker Pirates Likely “Still Looking for the Logistics to Transfer the Oil to Their Client”
A spokesman for the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) believes the missing tanker MT Orkim Harmony was most likely robbed by bunker pirates who are still trying to unload the vessels’ cargo, local media reports.
Deputy director-general Vice-Admiral Maritime Datuk Ahmad Puzi Ab Kahar voiced the possibility Monday during a press conference while discussing the disappearance of the Malaysian-registered vessel, which was understood to be carrying 6,000 metric tonnes of Petronas-owned RON95 fuel worth RM21 million ($5.5 million) when it went missing on June 11.
“We believe that the robbers are still looking for the logistics to transfer the oil to their client,” said Ahmad Puzi, adding that he thought it would be too risky for the fuel to be transfered to another vessel due to its highly flammable nature.
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