The Malaysia-flagged tanker MV Orkim Harmony, which had been missing since June 11, was detected in Cambodian waters with a fresh coat of paint an a new name, the local daily Bernama quoted Malaysia’s Chief of Navy Admiral Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar as saying.
The MT Orkim Harmony, laden with 6,000 metric tonnes of ULG 95 petrol, is currently monitored from the air by planes of Malaysian and Australian air forces, as well as by aircraft of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, Admiral Abdul Aziz said.
As World Maritime News reported, Malaysia yesterday deployed five aircraft to help the thirteen vessels already searching for the tanker.
MT Orkim Harmony went missing 17 nautical miles southwest of Pulau Aur on June 11. The tanker had 22 crew members comprising Indonesians, Malaysians and Myanmar nationals on board at the time of the incident.
This was the second incident involving Orkim vessels off Pulau Aur this month.
Orkim Harmony’s sister vessel, Orkim Victory was siphoned off 770 metric tonnes of Automotive Diesel Oil on June 4, approximately 15.2 nm southwest of Pulau Aur.
World Maritime News Staff