KUALA LUMPUR: Three aircraft are deployed to track down the escaped hijackers of the MT Orkim Harmony, said Navy chief Admiral Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar. Apart from the P3 Orion, C130 and a Beechcraft aircraft, the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) has tasked three ships and two helicopters to join the search operation. Abdul Aziz, who is updating the operation through his Twitter account, said the eight hijackers fled the vessel at around 8.30pm on Thursday using its rescue boat. The 22 crew members on board MT Orkim Harmony were freed at about 2.30am, Friday.
Assets from the RMN, MMEA and Royal Malaysian Air Force were sent to hunt for it.The vessel, first reported to be adrift in Cambodian waters, suddenly changed course to the east towards Natuna Island, Indonesia. The cargo belongs to Petronas while the ship’s owner is Magna Meridian Sdn Bhd.
Authorities confirmed that MT Orkim Harmony had been repainted and renamed ‘Kim Harmon’ by the pirates. – The Star