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Malaysian oil tanker not hijacked, taken over commercial dispute

There was no element of terrorism involved

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JAKARTA, Indonesia - A Malaysian oil tanker that was previously thought to have been hijacked on Wednesday morning, was later reported to have been taken due to a commercial dispute. > Big News Network

According to the Malaysian authorities, the ship Vier Harmoni had been carrying about 900,000 litres of diesel, worth about $390,000 (1.6 million ringgit).

The ship had gone missing after it left the Tanjung Pelepas port on the eastern coast of Peninsular Malaysia and was relocated in the waters off Batam, Indonesia.

After hours of fears over reported hijacking, the spokesperson of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) was quoted as saying in a Reuters report that there was no element of terrorism involved in the tanker’s disappearance.

According to the spokesperson, the ship that was registered in Batam was being leased by a Malaysian company, and as per an initial investigation, the tanker had been taken due to a disagreement between the ship’s management and the crew.

Reports in The Star newspaper further quoted MMEA's southern regional chief Admiral Adon Shalan as saying that there could have been a financial dispute within the company.

He said in the online report, “We tried to contact the ship but it went unanswered. We believe the ship's captain might have turned off its tracking system as we could not trace it on our radar.”

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