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Pirates free Indonesia-bound Thai tanker after cargo theft

Published on Jun 2, 2014 10:13 AM

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Pirates have released an Indonesian-bound Thai tanker after stealing its oil cargo, in the latest attack in South-east Asian waters, the International Maritime Bureau said on Monday.

MT Orapin 4, with 14 crew aboard, arrived at Sri Racha Port in Thailand on Sunday, the IMB's Kuala Lumpur-based Piracy Reporting Centre said.

The diesel oil tanker had lost contact with its owner after departing Singapore Tuesday on its way to Pontianak on Indonesia's Kalimantan.

"Pirates hijacked and stole the tanker's oil cargo onboard and destroyed the communication equipment. The crew and vessel are safe," the centre said in a brief release.

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