Eight Indonesian men believed to have hijacked the tanker Orkim Harmony have been arrested by the Vietnam Coast Guard.
Singapore-based piracy reporting centre ReCAAP ISC said on 19 June that the Vietnam Coast Guard also seized the life boat that the suspects used to flee the Orkim Harmony.
The life boat belonged to the tanker, which was carrying 6,000 tonnes of unleaded petrol from Malacca to Kuantan when it was hijacked on 11 June.
In a Twitter post on 19 June, Adm Aziz said the eight men, believed to be Indonesians, fled on the rescue boat at about 2030 h local time on 18 June.
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The 2009-built, 7,301 dwt Orkim Harmony ceased its hourly position update to its operator Orkim Ship Management at 2054 h local time on 11 June. Its last reported position was about 17 n miles southwest off Pulau Aur.
Subsequent attempts to contact the vessel on all available communications were unsuccessful. Orkim Harmony was ferrying 6,000 tonnes of ULG95 (petrol) from Melaka to Kuantan, Malaysia, with a crew comprising Indonesian, Malaysian, and Myanmar nationals.
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