|The Sunrise 689 was carrying 18 crew and 5,200 tonnes of oil when it left Singapore's Horizon port on October 2. — Photo tuoitre
HA NOI (VNS) — The search continues for an oil tanker feared to have been taken by pirates after it departed Singapore for Viet Nam last Thursday.
The Sunrise 689 was carrying 18 crew and 5,200 tonnes of oil when it left Singapore's Horizon port on October 2, according to the National Committee for Search and Rescue and the VietNam Maritime Security Centre.
The ship's owner, the Hai Phong Seafood Shipbuilding Joint Stock Company, reported that it lost contact with the ship from October 3.
Nguyen Vu Diep from the company's management office said on Tuesday that signals had stopped coming from the vessel, making him suspect it had been taken over by pirates.
The International Maritime Bureau's Pirate Reporting Centre in Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur agreed the ship was probably a victim of piracy, which was still a problem in the seas around South-east Asia.
The ship was believed to have lost contact with shore authorities last Friday, about 360 nautical miles south-east of Ca Mau.
Weather conditions in the area at the time were said to be fine, according to agencies in Indonesia which recorded the last signal from the ship.
At a meeting on Wednesday, Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Hong Truong said Vietnamese agencies inside and outside the country were involved in the search.
The foreign ministry has sent diplomatic notes to the embassies of Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia in Ha Noi asking for their help.
It has also asked Vietnamese Government offices in these countries to work with local agencies to seek information.
The Sunrise 689, left Singapore's Horizon port late on October 2, was scheduled to arrive Viet Nam on October 5. — VNS