A Honduras registered product tanker Moresby 9, GT 1321, carrying 2200 metric tonnes of Marine Gas Oil (MGO), was boarded by an unknown number of perpetrators approximately 34 nm from the Anambas Islands, Indonesia, on July 4, 2014.
The Indonesian Navy deployed their ships to the location of the incident. However, they were not able to locate Moresby 9 off Pulau Anambas. The last known position of Moresby 9 was approximately 36 nm from Anambas islands.
The shipping company managed to establish communications with Moresby 9 and is currently conducting an investigation of what had occurred onboard the tanker.
Notably, Moresby 9 had a previous incident in 2013, but siphoning of fuel was foiled by the presence of MMEA assets at the location of the incident causing the robbers to escape without siphoning the fuel.
Press Release, July 08, 2014; Image: RECAAP