A Malaysia-flagged vessel has reportedly gone missing off Pulau Aur, Malaysia, the Singapore-headquartered anti-piracy agency, ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre confimed.
According to ReCAAP ISC’s report, 7,301 deadweight, Orkim Harmony ceased its hourly position update to its operator, Orkim Ship Management at 20:54 local time on 11 June 2015. The 2009-built vessel’s last known position was at 02° 08.90′ N104° 27.30′ E , about 17 nautical miles southwest of Pulau Aur.
Subsequent attempts to contact the vessel on all available communications were not successful. Orkim Harmony was en route from Melaka to Kuantan, Malaysia and was loaded with 6,000 tonnes of ULG 95 (petrol) with a crew comprising Indonesians, Malaysians, and Myanmar nationals.
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Regional enforcement agencies such as Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) and the Indonesian Navy had been notified to look out for the missing tanker. Since then, both enforcement agencies responded with dispatch of patrol boats to perform the ongoing search for Orkim Harmony.
ReCAAP ISC has reportedly received the tip-off from another Singapore-based anti-piracy watchdog, Information Fusion Centre (IFC) on the missing tanker and urges all vessels operating in the vicinity to report sighting of Orkim Harmony to the nearest coastal states.