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[Update] Malaysian Oil Tanker Carrying RM1.57 Million Worth of Diesel Not Hijacked

MT Vier Harmoni was actually commandeered by its own crew

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[Update] Malaysian Oil Tanker Carrying RM1.57 Million Worth of Diesel Not Hijacked
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Indonesian Navy spokesman Edi Sucipto said the confusion was due to an "internal management problem". Malaysia also said it was an "internal dispute".

Based on a report by Aljazeera.com, a Malaysian oil tanker carrying 900,000 litres of diesel has been hijacked and taken into Indonesian waters, according to authorities.The Star also reports that Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency  (MMEA) director-general Datuk Ahmad Puzi Ab Kahar confirmed that MT Vier Harmoni was currently “somewhere in Batam waters.”

"#MTVierHarmoni and its load is believed to have been hijacked, carrying 900,000 litres of diesel worth RM1.57mil," he said in a Tweet.

Recent updates to the story by The Star indicate that the ship owner had not paid a bond to Malaysian authorities to allow the ship to sail.Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) (Southern Region) Rear  Admiral Adon Shalan said bond payments are necessary to ensure that ships be held accountable for incidents that occur in Malaysian waters.

“If there are no incidents such as oil spills, the bond will be returned to the shipping company," he said. He said initial investigations showed that there could be some financial dispute within the company leading to the tanker’s “disappearance.” The company had yet to make bond payments for the ship to embark on its journey.

 
 
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