Indonesia finds ship that was taken by disgruntled crew

AP News
Posted: Aug 24, 2016 11:17 PM

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's navy said Thursday it has located a fuel tanker that was missing for a week after being taken from port by its disgruntled crew.

The navy said in a statement that the MT Vier Harmoni with 10 Indonesian crewmen was found off West Kalimantan province on the island of Borneo.

The 53-meter (175 foot) long coastal tanker is being escorted to Tanjung Pinang, the provincial capital of Indonesia's Riau islands, for further investigation.

Vier Abdul Jamal, chief executive of the ship's owner Vierlines Asia Group, said there was a dispute between the charterer of the vessel and the crew when a promise of bonus payments was unfulfilled.

The tanker disappeared from a port in southern Malaysia on Aug. 16 and authorities there initially suspected it had been hijacked by pirates. Its tracking device had been turned off.

The navy said it deployed warships, a maritime patrol plane and a helicopter to find the tanker, which was carrying about 900,000 liters of diesel.