Vietnamese authorities are searching for an oil tanker feared to have been taken by pirates 40 minutes after it departed Singapore for Vietnam almost one week ago.
The Sunrise 689 was carrying 18 crew and 5,200 tonnes of oil when it left Singapore’s Horizon port on October 2. The ship’s owner, the Hai Phong Seafood Shipbuilding Join Stock Company, reported that it lost contact with the ship within an hour of its departure.
Southeast Asia has become a prime target for pirates who have staged a number of “serious attacks” on tankers in the region, according to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB).
The missing ship, Sunrise 689, was last detected by exactAIS® on October 3rd 06:21:49 UTC (2:21 PM SGT). exactAIS detected the tanker departing from the Singapore Strait gaining speed to about 9.0 knots. This is a fairly reasonable speed for a tanker of this size. The next few positions detected by exactAIS have shown the vessel slow down gradually to about 6.9 knots, a speed uncommon for tankers of this size. After the latest position, Satellite AIS detection has been lost. AIS transponders can be turned off voluntarily but most often in piracy incidents, AIS is being forced off.
Sunrise 689 was expected to arrive at Con Son Island in Southern Vietnam on Sunday, October 5.
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exactAIS tracking shows the Sunrise 689 leaving the Singapore Strait and entering into the South China Sea before it’s AIS detection is presumably forced off and all tracking information ends.