Second Malaysian tanker hijacked in Gulf of Aden: company

KUALA LUMPUR, August 30, 2008 (AFP) – A second Malaysian tanker carrying petrochemicals has been hijacked by pirates in the Gulf of Aden, the vessel’s owner said in a statement Saturday.

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The MT Bunga Melati 5 with 41 crew — 36 Malaysians, 5 Filipino — was hijacked on Friday off the coast of Yemen in the notorious Gulf of Aden, which has seen a spike in piracy in recent weeks.

The ship’s owner MISC Berhad said in a statement it “regrets to inform that another of its chemical tankers, MT Bunga Melati 5 has, been hijacked by unknown pirates … on August 29. The incident occurred in international waters off the coast of Yemen.”

“MT Bunga Melati 5 was sailing within the vicinity of the designated security corridor. The vessel attempted evasive manoeuvring before being overpowered by the hijackers,” the statement said.

The tanker was fully laden with 30,000 metric tonnes of petrochemicals and was heading towards Singapore from Yanbu in Saudi Arabia, the company said.

It said US-led coalition forces nearby were alerted of the attack “but were