A Thai oil tanker, C.P. 41, attacked by six armed pirates, while en route from Singapore to Songkhla Friday night, arrived in Songkhla yesterday.
All the 17 crew and the captain, were safe but almost half of its loaded 3.8 million litres of diesel oil were siphoned off by the pirates who spoke Bahasa.
C.P. 41 was loaded with 3,800 tons, equivalent to 3.8 million litres, of diesel oil when pirates attacked at about 9.00pm Friday night near Kuantan, the state capital of Pahang, Malaysia.
The pirates siphoned 1,500 tons and left the oil tanker on Saturday morning.
The crew said they were held captive at gunpoint during the hijack, and the hijackers either destroyed or snatched away their communications equipment.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)