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Sunday August 31, 2008

Another MISC tanker hijacked

KUALA LUMPUR: Unknown pirates have hijacked another MISC Bhd (MISC)’s tanker in international waters off the coast of Yemen.

MISC said in a statement yesterday that the MT Bunga Melati Lima, with 36 Malaysians and five Filipino temporary maintenance crewmembers, was fully laden with 30,000 MT of petrochemicals when the pirates boarded it on Friday.

The tanker was heading towards Singapore from Yanbu, Saudi Arabia.

“MISC regrets to inform that another of its chemical and palm oil tanker, MT Bunga Melati Lima, has been hijacked by unknown pirates at 9.50pm on Aug 29.

MT Bunga Melati Lima was sailing within the vicinity of the designated security corridor. It attempted evasive manoeuvres before it was overpowered by the hijackers,” it said.

MISC said the coalition forces within the vicinity were alerted but were unable to prevent the hijacking as safety of the crew onboard was of priority. It said no other detail of the incident was available at the moment.

On Aug 19, MT Bunga Melati Dua, the vessel belonging to the national shipping line was seized by a group of armed pirates at the Gulf of Aden, between Yemen and Somalia.

There were 29 Malaysians and 10 Filipinos on board at the time of the attack. Negotiations are still ongoing to seek their safe release. – Bernama

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