KUANTAN, June 20 (Bernama) — The oil tanker, MT Orkim Harmony, with 21 crew arrived at Kuantan Port this morning.
A spokesman for the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) said the vessel arrived at the port at 7.50 am and berthed at the Petronas Pier.
The tanker, laden with 6,000 metric tonnes of RON95 petrol, worth RM21 million, was earlier scheduled to arrive at 2 am, but was delayed due to a faulty engine.
It lost communications with base at 8.57 pm last June 11 at Tanjung Sedili, Kota Tinggi, in Johor.
The vessel was detected the following day, repainted and renamed ‘Kim Harmon’.
All the 22 crew onboard the tanker were rescued at about 2.30 am Friday following negotiations between the Royal Malaysian Navy and the hijackers.
However, a member of the crew, a cook, was injured from gun shot wound in the thigh and was flown by helicopter to Universiti Sains Malaysia Hospital (HUSM) yesterday for treatment.
Three aircraft, a P-3C Orion, C130 and Beechcraft, were mobilised to track the hijackers who escaped from MT Orkim Harmony.
Eight Indonesian nationals, believed to be the hijackers, were detained by Vietnamese authorities near Tho Chu Island, south Vietnam, while trying to escape the hunt at 6.30 am.
The Navy and MMEA are still seeking confirmation from the Vietnamese authorities whether the eight men were the hijackers of the Malaysian tanker.
Meanwhile, more than 30 media members began gathering at Kuantan Port since 4.30 am today to cover the arrival of the vessel at the port.
A media conference is scheduled to be held by the Navy and MMEA at Pangkalan Tanjung Gelam here.