- A cargo ship which went incommunicado for more than 48 hours and was feared to be hijacked off Sarawak, has been located with its crew safe
The MV Sah Lian remains stranded several kilometres off the Batang Baram river mouth, north of Sarawak, near the Brunei border.
“Initial reports of the vessel being hijacked have been found to be unfounded,” a maritime security official with the London-based ICC Commercial Crime Services told The Rakyat Post.
“It encountered a major engine breakdown and this affected communications on board based on reports received on Monday.”
“Repair works are presently underway on the stranded vessel and it’s not immediately known when it would be completed.”
The official reiterated that reports that the vessel had been hijacked and taken out to international waters were incorrect.
It was reported today that a cargo ship had gone missing for a week and was feared to have been hijacked off the Sarawak coastline, after communication was lost between port and the vessel.
Reports were lodged with the maritime authorities in Sarawak and the ICC by owners of the Malaysia registered vessel.
Checks revealed there were 14 crew members on board the vessel, including Malaysians, and it was laden with various types of cargo which included food and metal products.
Besides Malaysians, others on board included Indonesia,India and Myanmar nationals.
Last June, Malaysian registered oil tanker MT Orkim Harmony was hijacked off the peninsula east coastline and following a multi nation search operation it was spotted in international waters off the Vietnam coast.
Eight hijackers, all believed to be Indonesians were arrested and are presently facing charges.
The captain and crew were rescued unharmed.