27 Nov 2016
KOTA TINGGI: The Sessions Court here today sentenced eight Indonesian men to jail for between 15 and 18 years each and whipping for robbing a ship, MT Orkim Harmony, in waters off Tanjung Sedili in June last year.
They are Ruslan, 63; Kurniawan, 50; Abner Loit, 29; Jhon Danyel Despol, 39; Anjas, 28; Randy Aditya, 20; Fauji Adha, 28; and Hendry Andaria, 40; all of whom pleaded guilty to the charge.
Judge Salawati Djambar, when handing down the sentence, said she took into consideration all factors, including public interest.
She ordered all the accused to serve the jail sentence from today, with six of them – Abner, Jhon Danyel, Anjas, Randy, Fauji and Hendry – to also be given five strokes of the cane each.
However, the other two convicts – Ruslan and Kurniawan – were exempted from whipping.
22 June 2015
Malaysian tanker hijack: 13 pirates involved, 5 still at large
Malaysian tanker hijack: 13 pirates involved, 5 still at large http://goo.gl/y7rb0B
PUTRAJAYA – Thirteen individuals were involved in the hijacking of MT Orkim Harmony, with five remaining at large, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) confirmed.
MMEA deputy director of operations Datuk Ahmad Puzi Ab Kahar said besides the eight that were arrested in Vietnam waters on Friday, there were another five individuals manning a tugboat used to approach MT Orkim Harmony.
The five individuals went separate ways in the tugboat, which was later found in Batam by the Indonesian navy.
“The five are currently still at large. In the meantime, we are using all means to ensure the eight are extradited to Malaysia so we can question them further,” said Ahmad Puzi at a press conference here.
He also said further investigations by Vietnamese authorities revealed that the suspects were not amateurs, but “seasoned criminals”.
19 June 2015
Malay Mail Online
Orkim Harmony captain only reports hijackers’ escape five hours later
KUALA LUMPUR, June 19 — The captain of MT Orkim Harmony, Nor Fazly Sahat, only informed the Malaysian Navy that the tanker was freed almost five hours after all eight of the hijackers escaped.
The hijackers escaped in the tanker’s rescue boat at about 8.30 pm and the captain only informed the navy vessel KD Terengganu at about 12.55pm, with a request to be rescued.
Chief Of Navy Admiral Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar said Nor Fazly had earlier been threatened by the hijackers that his family would be harmed if he exposed their plans to leave the tanker.
“For the sake of his family’s safety, Nor Fazly only informed the KD Terengganu almost five hours after they (the hijackers) escaped.
“They also took down personal details of Nor Fazly’s family,” he said in a statement issued by the Royal Malaysian Navy (TLDM) today.
#MTOrkimHarmony: Authorities still confirming the nationality of 8 suspects found at Tho Chu Island in Vietnam: MMEA
Friday June 19, 2015 MYT 3:56:13 PM
Eight suspected tanker hijackers caught in Vietnam
PUTRAJAYA: Hours after the pirates fled on a rescue boat from hijacked oil tanker MT Orkim Harmony, Vietnam said eight Indonesians were detained in its waters near Thổ Chu Island. Navy chief Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar confirmed the report from Vietnam of the arrest of the eight but said his men were confirming if they were the hijackers of the Malaysian tanker.
“They were found near Tho Chu Island at about 6.30am. They were on a life raft and claimed they were from a fishing boat that sank. “We are checking their story and investigation is still going on,” Aziz said.
The eight pirates reportedly fled in the rescue boat at 8.30pm Thursday. Before that, they had directed the Navy to move its ships about five nautical miles (nine kilometres) from the MT Orkim Harmony.
“They said if we did not move away they would harm the crew. So we turned our ships around and moved, and while we did that they lowered the boat and fled. “We did not suspect that they would do that,” Aziz told The Star.
All crew members of Malaysian oil tanker MT Orkim Harmony were released by pirates at 2.30am today. The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) said one member of the tanker sustained slight injury.
The eight hijackers are believed to have made their getaway from the ship at 8.15pm-8.30pm, Thursday night.
Friday June 19, 2015 MYT 8:19:22 AM
Tanker hijackers trying to escape to Indonesia’s Natuna Island
Oil tanker MT Orkim Harmony has been repainted and renamed “Kim Harmon”. KUALA LUMPUR: The hijackers of MT Orkim Harmony have reportedly changed course to the east heading for Natuna Island, Indonesia, in an attempt to escape.
Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) commander of marine region 1, Rear Admiral Datuk Azhari Abdul Rashid said the hijackers want authorities to provide a boat when they reach the island.
“The talks are still ongoing. On arrival at Natuna Island, they (hijackers) request for a boat for them to escape. The Royal Malaysian Navy is still following the tanker. “The tanker is expected to reach the island on Saturday morning. The RMN has informed the Indonesia maritime authorities on the matter,” he said when contacted by Bernama, Thursday evening.
Friday June 19, 2015 MYT 8:09:24 AM
‘Amateur’ pirates holding tanker
KUALA LUMPUR: The MT Orkim Harmony tanker has been hijacked not by pirates but by amateurs who appear to have bitten off more than they can chew. Navy chief Admiral Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar said the eight pirates now in control of the tanker were practically begging the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) to just let them go.
Calling them “part-timers on a maiden voyage”, he said: “We asked for their demands and all they want is for us to give them a boat, water and food, and to let them leave. But we can’t do that.” Armed with pistols and parang, the pirates said they would not harm the 22 crew if their demands were met.
The hostage-takers also said they have no more interest in the cargo – 6,000 metric tonnes of RON95 petrol, valued at RM21mil – or the ship.
Orkim Harmony has been found. Now the negotiations begin with the pirates for the release of the crew…
#MTOrkimHarmony is still in Vietnamese waters, with between seven and 12 potentially armed robbers on board: MMEA
malaysiakini.com retweeted Abdul Aziz Jaafar
Navy Chief Abdul Aziz reveals at least 8 pirates armed with pistols & machetes. Negotiations ongoing.
A fuel-laden Malaysian tanker that ‘disappeared’ off the east coast of Johor last Thursday has been found in Cambodian waters, repainted and renamed, and with all the 22 crew safe. The MT Orkim Harmony, carrying 6,000 tonnes of petrol valued at RM21 million, was spotted 210 nautical miles north of Pulau Redang at 3.45pm yesterday, said Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) commander of Naval Region 1 Rear Admiral Azahari Abdul Rashid. The vessel, which bore the name ‘Kim Harmon’, was spotted by a P3C Orion aircraft of the Royal Australian Air Force, he told Bernama. http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/302262 —
Missing MT Orkim Harmony in Cambodian waters, renamed and repainted http://english.astroawani.com/malaysia-news/missing-mt-orkim-harmony-cambodian-waters-renamed-and-repainted-62875?cp …
KUALA LUMPUR: The missing Malaysian-registered tanker, MT Orkim Harmony has been spotted in Cambodian waters, Commander of Naval area 1 Admiral Dato Azhari Abdul Rashid said. The tanker has been repainted from blue to black and renamed Kim Harmon, Azhari told Astro AWANI. The tanker was spotted by Australia’s P3 C-Orion at 3.45pm, Wednesday. http://english.astroawani.com/malaysia-news/missing-mt-orkim-harmony-cambodian-waters-renamed-and-repainted-62875 —
— SEARCHERS WERE LOOKING IN SINGAPORE AND INDONESIAN WATERS!
NST NEWS: Exlusive: Has the ‘Orkim Harmony’ been found?: The tanker believed to have been hijacked on June 11,… http://bit.ly/1Tv1RbH
The tanker believed to have been hijacked on June 11, may have been spotted near Cambodian waters. At press time a Royal Malaysian Navy corvette is steaming to the location. The fate of the tanker’s 22 crew members remain unknown. In your New Straits Times today.
— On 4 June, the Orkim Victory was hijacked in the same area. www.marinetraffic.com — The Maritime Executive
Pirates Hijack Tanker off Malaysian Coast
The crew of the product tanker Orkim Victory were taken hostage after their vessel was hijacked by pirates eight nautical miles off the coast of Pu Aur, Malaysia. Two small boats approached the 7,119 dwt, Orkim Victory, owned by Orkim Ship Management in the early morning hours of June 4. The armed assailants boarded the tanker and altered its course to rendezvous with a larger vessel. Part of the oil cargo was then transferred to the pirate ship. The pirates also robbed the crew and seized ship property. Before leaving, the pirates damage the onboard communication systems. All crew have been reported safe and the tanker was able to make its way back to a nearby port. http://maritime-executive.com/article/pirates-hijack-tanker-off-malaysian-coast — Malaysiakini Jun 15, 2015
Second oil tanker goes missing in Malaysia this month
Earlier this month, the 7,100 DWT oil tanker Orkim Victory, en route to Kuantan from Malacca, was hijacked on June 4 in the same area by a speedboat. “The perpetrators were armed with two hand guns and one machete. They threatened the crew (comprising eight Malaysians, seven Indonesians and three Myanmar nationals) and reportedly assaulted them, though no injuries were reported,” Singapore-based Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) said in a report. “The perpetrators subsequently brought Orkim Victory to another location, and siphoned off 770 tonnes (about 6,000 barrels) of automotive diesel oil,” it added. The Orkim Victory has since been released and shipping data on the Thomson Reuters terminal shows it is currently in east Borneo, heading into the port of Sandakan. Shippers say there has been a rise in such highjackings recently but that due to excess oil capacity and strong insurance competition, shipping rates have been unaffected. – Reuters http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/301911 —
Tanker with Ron95 shipment missing off Johor waters
— Malay Mail Online
Pirates get tips on ships to hijack, claims cargo captain
PETALING JAYA, June 15 — Durairajah Gopalan, 56, was the chief officer aboard a merchant costal tanker transporting liquefied natural gas from Kemaman, Terengganu, to Butterworth, Penang, in 1996. They were passing Raffles Lighthouse which marks the western approach of the Singapore Straits. “It was just after midnight when a crew member woke me up to say pirates had boarded the ship.” It turned out at least two intruders had boarded the ship and forced a deckhand at knife point to the captain’s cabin. “They told him to be quiet or he was dead. Of course, he did as he was told. “We suspected they were Indonesians from the language they spoke.” … “They were professionals, definitely seamen. No one except for the deckhand had noticed them and fortunately, nobody was harmed. …
KUALA LUMPUR: The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) has deployed three vessels to search for an oil tanker which went missing last Thursday, at 30 nautical miles east of Tanjung Sedili, Kota Tinggi in Johor. The KD Terengganu, KD Pendekar and KD Ganyang are in the midst of locating the MT Orkim Harmony which was laden with 6,000 metric tonnes of RON95 petrol at the time of its disappearance.
RMN Chief Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar said about 150 RMN personnel were involved in the search and rescue (SAR) operation. “We are assisting the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency in the SAR,” he told Bernama when contacted today.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Government will deploy its resources to locate a missing oil tanker off Johor, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. “I am distressed by the news of a missing Malaysian-owned tanker. I pray for the safety of the 22-strong crew, 16 of whom are Malaysians. “My thoughts are with their families. The government will deploy our resources to locate it,” the Prime Minister said in his latest posts on his Twitter and Facebook, Sunday. —
Oil tanker, MT Orkim Harmony status reportedly missing not ‘hijacked’ Read more at: http://english.astroawani.com/malaysia-news/oil-tanker-mt-orkim-harmony-status-reportedly-missing-not-hijacked-62498?cp …
Search for missing M’sian tanker with 6k metric tonnes of petrol extends to S’pore, Indonesia http://tdy.sg/1GlTh8v
Sunday June 14, 2015 MYT 1:09:26 PM
Tanker with Ron95 shipment missing off Johor waters
JOHOR BARU: An oil tanker with 6,000 metric tonnes of Ron95 petrol has gone missing. A search since Thursday has been extended to waters off neighbouring countries. The Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) in a press statement released here said MT Orkim Harmony was sailing from Malacca to Kuantan when it disappeared. MMEA operations director southern region Maritime First Admiral Ibrahim Mohamed said the tanker was carrying 6,000 metric tonnes of RON95 petrol when the incident took place “The last known location for the tanker was about 30 nautical miles of Tanjung Sedili east when it suddenly lost contact at around 8.50pm,” he said. http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2015/06/14/oil-tanker-with-ron95-petrol-missing-off-johor/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter —–