World Bulletin / News Desk
The small oil tanker that was hijacked off the southeast coast of Malaysia last week has been detected in Cambodian waters, according to local media reports on Thursday.
State news agency Bernama, quoting Malaysia's Chief of Navy Admiral Abdul Aziz Jaafar, reported that the MT Orkim Harmony has been repainted and renamed.
"We have found the vessel and RMAF, MMEA and RAAF aircraft are tailing it from the air," Jaafar told Bernama, referring to the Malaysian air force and maritime enforcement agency, and the Royal Australian Air Force.
Local newspaper the New Straits Times reported that a senior navy official who was directly involved in the search efforts said the lead was following a sighting of the ship by an Australian aircraft.
A spokesperson from the maritime enforcement agency declined to confirm the news reports. The agency will hold a press briefing at 0700 GMT Thursday.
A navy spokeswoman said she could not immediately comment.
Earlier this month, the 7,100 DWT oil tanker Orkim Victory carrying diesel loaded from Petronas was hijacked on June 4 in the same area and on the same route.
Malaysian navy in contact with pirates aboard hijacked tanker Orkim Harmony
Malaysia's Chief of Navy Admiral Abdul Aziz Jaafar has said on his Twitter account that a Malaysian naval vessel has been shadowing the hijacked tanker Orkim Harmony and is trying to persuade the pirates aboard to surrender.
Both the crew and the cargo on board is safe, and the navy is in the midst of negotiations with the robbers, officials from the Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency confirmed in a press briefing in Kuala Lumpur.
Local media had reporter earlier that the Orkim Harmony that was hijacked off the southeast coast of Malaysia last week had been detected in Cambodian waters.Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Haziran 2015, 11:40