PETALING JAYA:The whereabouts of 29 Malaysians and 10 Filipinos on an MISC Bhd tankers remains unknown since the vessel was hijacked by heavily-armed pirates in the Gulf of Aden on Tuesday.
MISC, the world’s largest single owner and operator of liquefied natural gas tankers, confirmed that its 32,025 dead-weight-tonne chemical tanker Bunga Melati Dua which carried palm oil was hijacked by pirates at 10.09pm local time off the coast of Somalia.
PUTRAJAYA, Aug 21 (Bernama) — Wisma Putra will utilise all diplomatic channels and work closely with countries in the Gulf of Aden region to amicably end the hijacking of Malaysian tanker MT Bunga Melati by heavily-armed pirates on Tuesday.
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said Wisma Putra would continue to monitor the situation and developments through the Malaysian High Commission in Kenya and the Malaysian Embassy in Yemen.
He said this was to coordinate the peaceful recovery of the vessel and the safe return of all crew members on board.
“The tanker owner, Malaysian International Shipping Corporation (MISC), has communicated to all family members of the crew that it would continue to keep them updated on a timely basis,” Rais said in a press release Thursday.