A Vietnamese oil tanker en route to Vietnam from Singapore went missing last week. Now officials are saying that the Sunrise 689 was likely hijacked by pirates, according to Petro Global News.
The vessel lost contact with its operator, Hai Phong Sea Products Shipbuilding, within hours of leaving port. The last known location was 115 nautical miles, or about 133 miles, from Singapore. The Sunrise 689 was expected to conclude its journey of over 600 miles to Vietnam on Wednesday, but has not been seen.
On board the ship were 18 crew members and 5,225 tons of gas oil, making it a lucrative target for pirates.
This is the twelfth instance of hijacking in Southeast Asia since April. The ship will only be released by the pirates once it has been relieved of its cargo.
In the meantime, the officials have been unable to make contact with the vessel or locate it via satellite. While Vietnam’s coast guard searches for the missing tanker, Interpol has asked other ships to be vigilant, keeping an eye out for pirates, the Sunrise, or both.