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Hijacked Vietnamese oil tanker recovered

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

The Vietnamese oil tanker that disappeared earlier this week, suspected hijacked, has since been recovered.

The pirates that seized the MT Sunrise 689 released the 18 strong crew this morning.

Captain, Nguyen Quyet, told reporters that the hijackers pulled alongside the Sunrise in a high speed boat and two fishing boats around two hours after they left Singapore on 2 October.

“The pirates broke the communication system, robbed the oil and goods onboard”, he added. “They put knives to our throats and threatened to kill us if we resist”.

Two crew members have been injured and more than 5000 t of gas oil taken according to Nguyen Vu Diep, a manager at the Haiphong Sea Product Shipbuilding Co.

The tanker is now on its way to Phu Quoc island. It is expected to arrive later this evening. According to the BBC, the MT Sunrise 689 is the 12th tanker to be hijacked in South East Asia since April this year.

Edited from various sources by Emma McAleavey.

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