Vietnamese Crew Member Killed in Pirate Attack

A crew member of a Vietnamese tanker VP Asphalt 2 has been killed by pirates in a hijacking attack on Sunday afternoon off the eastern coast of Malaysia.

The vessel, owned by VP Petrochemical Transport Co, had just left Singapore loaded with 2,300 metric tons of liquid asphalt, when pirates, apparently confusing the carrier for an oil tanker, attacked the vessel, Bloomberg writes citing Vietnam Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Center.

The ill-fated crew member was shot in the forehead by pirates, who stormed the Vietnam-bound vessel near Aur island off southern Johor state, the International Maritime Bureau said.

The pirates stole the crew’s belongings before escaping, Noel Choong, head of IMB’s Kuala Lumpur-based Piracy Reporting Center, told AFP.

The shot crew member was flown to a Singapore hospital but died due to severe injuries, Choong added.

The tanker is reported to had returned to Singapore.

Piracy in the Southeast Asia has been on a steady rise as armed attacks on small tankers become ever more frequent in the region, which is home to some of the most important transportation choke-points.

World Maritime News Staff

Share this article

Follow World Maritime News

In Depth>

Events>

<< May 2019 >>
MTWTFSS
29 30 1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31 1 2

GreenTech in Shipping USA Forum 2019

GreenTech in Shipping USA Forum is an event for Maritime leaders who want to unlock successful business formula of the industry!

read more >

CWC World Gas & Power Series – Brazil & the Americas Summit

CWC World Gas & Power Series: Brazil & the Americas Summit is the perfect meeting place to make contacts…

read more >

FPSO Brazil Congress 2019

Charging ahead with 24 planned orders by 2022, Brazil has once again solidified its status as one of the world’s foremost oil and gas leaders…

read more >

Nor-Shipping 2019

Nor-Shipping’s conference and event programme is tailored to deliver the knowledge, value and networking to help you build your business.

read more >