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Sunday, September 30, 2001

Hijacked tug found in Indonesia (Kalimantan/Sabah)

By HILARY CHIEW

PETALING JAYA: The Banjarmasin harbour masterís office has recovered the hijacked Malaysian-registered tug Mayang Sari in a dockyard, where it was scheduled to be sold. However, none of the pirates was in sight.

The tug was boarded by an unspecified number of armed pirates off Pulau Subi Besar, south of Natuna Island in the South China Sea en route from Kota Kinabalu to Batam on Sept 18.

According to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) Piracy Reporting Centre, the tug was towing a barge when it left Kota Kinabalu four days earlier.

"The case was reported on Thursday by its owner Viva Omega Sdn Bhd in Port Klang after it managed to contact the master in Jakarta."

"It is understood that the 10 Indonesian crew were held hostage until Sept 25 on the piratesí vessel and subsequently abandoned in a mangrove forest on Batam Island."

"They were warned against reporting the matter to the authorities. The pirates also threatened to kill their family members if they defied the order before releasing them."

"The crew made their way to Tanjung Pinang and went their separate ways, presumably, home," said IMB regional manager Noel Choong yesterday.

Choong said a special alert was issued to the shipping community, including the regional maritime authorities to search for the tug and the barge on the day the report was made.

However, he said the Indonesian authorities in Banjarmasin found only the tug while the Singapore-flagged barge Daiho 88 was still missing.

In the alert, the owner offered a reward for information leading to the location and recovery of the tug and barge.

Choong said the incident occurred in piracy-prone waters and urged the shipping community to be extra cautious while transiting that area.

Last September, a Malaysian-registered tanker chartered to Shell (M) Trading Sdn Bhd - mt Petchem - was hijacked in the same area and brought to Tanjung Ayam, off Pengerang in the south-east coast of Johor, where another tanker came alongside and siphoned off its oil. The ship was later released.

Source: The Star

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