TOKYO: Pirates armed with knives boarded a Japanese tanker and robbed the crew off Indonesia on Sunday, but no one was injured and the ship was undamaged and resumed its voyage, Japan’s Transport Ministry said.
The incident comes at a time when concerns over the safety of tanker operations have been heightened after a vessel owned by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines <9104.T> was damaged near the Strait of Hormuz in July by a suspected explosion.
Pirates boarded the chemical tanker, operated by Japan’s Iino Kaiun Kaisha <9119.T>, forced the crew to hand over their money and fled while the ship was sailing off Indonesia’s Anambas Islands, leaving the 20 crew members unharmed, a ministry official said on Monday.
He declined to comment on the amount of money stolen, the number of attackers or the specific cargo being carried.
This is the ninth pirate attack on ships operated or owned by a Japanese company so far this year, he said.
The incident did not delay the tanker, which was heading to China from Singapore, he added. – Reuters