Kuala Lumpur: A maritime watchdog says a Thai tanker carrying diesel may have been hijacked, after it failed to arrive at an Indonesian port two days ago.
The International Maritime Bureau says the ship`s owner lost contact with Mt Orapin 4 and its 14 crew members after it left Singapore on Tuesday. It was due at the Indonesian port of Pontianak on Thursday.
Noel Choong, who heads the bureau`s piracy reporting centre in Kuala Lumpur, said today the ship was classified as missing and a "possible hijack."
The IMB urged ships to be on the lookout for the missing vessel and for pirates. Last month, a Thai ship and a Singapore tanker carrying diesel were attacked by pirates after they left Singapore. Pirates stole the cargo before releasing the ships.