Vessel used to siphon crude oil from MT Joaquim seized by Indonesia

KUALA LUMPUR: A tanker, believed to have been used by pirates to siphon 3,500 tonnes of crude oil from oil tanker MT Joaquim on Saturday, has been seized by Indonesian authorities.

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) deputy director-general (operations) Vice-Admiral Datuk Ahmad Puzi Ab Kahar said the tanker was detained about 4pm (Malaysian time) today, in the waters off Dumai, Indonesia.

“The Indonesian authorities have informed us over the vessel’s seizure and detention of the suspected pirates,” he told Bernama here.

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