The IMB reports that another tanker has been hijacked in Southeast Asia, taking the total for the year so far to 10 vessels hijacked in 2015 in the region.
According to the report, a product tanker (not named so far) was around 8nm South West of Pu Aur, Malaysia on June 4th when it was boarded by pirates shortly after midnight local time. The armed men took the crew hostage and then sailed the ship to rendezvous it with another tanker. Part of the cargo was then siphoned off into the other vessel.
Before the pirates fled, they stole crew and ship property and damaged all comms equipment. The ship was able to sail to a safe port.
Hijackings in Southeast Asia are currently occurring approximately twice a month and the pirates seem completely unfazed by regional attempts to stop them so far. Ironically, last week the Indonesian Navy arrested a film crew who were trying to recreate a pirate attack in its waters.
The vessels taken over by pirates so far this year are as follows:
January 28th: Sun Birdie
January 28th: Rehobot
February 13th: Lapin
February 20th: Phubai Pattra 1
March 9th: Singa Berlian
March 22nd: Davide Tide II
April 1st: Dongfang Glory
May 2nd: Ocean Energy
May 15th: Oriental Glory
June 4th: Orkim Victory