Malaysia navy says found wreck of oil tanker which sank off Johor

Officers from Malaysia's Marine Department looking at a map during search operations for six missing crew members of MT Putri Sea on June 16, 2017.
Officers from Malaysia's Marine Department looking at a map during search operations for six missing crew members of MT Putri Sea on June 16, 2017.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) -  The Royal Malaysian Navy said on Sunday (June 18) it has found the wreck of the MT Putri Sea, which is believed to have sunk off Tanjung Pengelih in Johor following an explosion.

Royal Malaysian Navy chief   Admiral Tan Sri Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin said on Twitter that the navy hydrography vessel KD Perantau had detected an underwater object, which is believed to be the missing MT Putri Sea.

“Bravo to KD Perantau for successfully detecting MT Putri Sea using multi-beam sonar,” he tweeted on Sunday.

The oil container MT Putri Sea lost contact with its agent in Singapore approximately 4.6 nautical miles south-west of Tanjung Pengelih at around 5am on Thursday.

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It was reported that the ship, which was carrying crude oil, may have sunk soon after an explosion on board.

Six crew members were reported missing.

The 46.3m-long MT Putri Sea was registered in Equatorial Guinea.