Philippine Sea

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Tin Ship hijacked in Strait of Malacca

After a quiet period, pirates in the Stait of Malacca appear to have seized a ship full of tin as reported here:
The Indonesian navy is searching for pirates who hijacked a Singapore-bound cargo ship carrying tin ingots worth US$4.5 million (�3.8 million), a maritime watchdog said Tuesday.
The pirates armed with guns attacked the Indonesian-registered Prima Indah on Friday after it left the port of Pangkal Balam on Bangka island, about 400 kilometers (240 miles) northwest of Jakarta, said Noel Choong, head of the International Maritime Bureau's piracy reporting center.

Fourteen crew members of the ship, which was carrying 660 metric tons (730 U.S. tons) of refined tin, were safe in Indonesia after the pirates let them leave on a small boat, Choong said.
Another tin ship was hijacked back in April 2005, as posted here.

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