Hijacked Orkim Harmony tanker released, pirates escape | Reuters

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KUALA LUMPUR The hijacked oil tanker Orkim Harmony has been expelled by pirates, who fled in a ship’s rescue boat, Malaysian navy and nautical officials pronounced on Friday.

The Orkim Harmony, hijacked on Jun 11 off a Malaysian seashore by pirates reportedly armed with pistols and machetes, was now being escorted by a navy to Malaysia’s Kuantan Port.

Officials pronounced usually one member of a 22 organisation was injured, pang a gunshot wound to a thigh.

Three Malaysian navy ships and dual aircraft were sport a journey pirates.

The hijacking is a second seizure of a tanker by pirates in Southeast Asia this month, lifting serve concerns over robbery in a region.

The 7,300 deadweight tonne (DWT) Orkim Harmony was hijacked about 30 nautical miles from a Malaysian pier of Tanjung Sedili carrying around 50,000 barrels of RON95 gasoline.

The Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) pronounced a gasoline on a boat was owned by state-controlled oil and gas association Petronas.

The Orkim Harmony is operated by Malaysia’s Orkim Ship Management. On house is a organisation of 22, including 16 Malaysians, 5 Indonesians and one Myanmar national.

After a tanker was hijacked, a pirates repainted a boat and altered a name to Kim Harmon. Malaysia’s Chief of Navy Admiral Abdul Aziz Jaafar says 8 pirates were involved.

The Malaysian naval vessel shadowing a tanker in Vietnamese waters on Thursday was perplexing to convince a hijackers to surrender, says Jaafar.

Early on Friday, Malaysia pronounced a hijacked boat was still being shadowed by a navy boat and had been redirected to Indonesia’s Natuna Island, where it was approaching to arrive on Saturday.

A successive MMEA news pronounced a pirates had fled a ship.

Earlier this month, a 7,100 DWT oil tanker, Orkim Victory, carrying diesel installed from Petronas was hijacked on Jun 4 in a same area and on a same route.

The Orkim Victory was after expelled by a hijackers after about 770 metric tonnes (6,000 barrels) of the load had been siphoned off.

(Reporting By Al-Zaquan Amer Hamzah and Emily Chow; Editing by Michael Perry)

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