Product tanker Ad Matsu attacked by pirates in South China Sea

Product tanker Ad MatsuThe asphalt and bitumen product tanker Ad Matsu was attacked by pirates in South China Sea on 15 nautical miles north off Tanjung Berakit, Indonesia. The vessel was en route from Singapore to Hai Phong, Vietnam, but near the island Pulau Bintan was reached by fast boat from the starboard. Six armed men succeeded to board the vessel and took control of the tanker. The crew was locked in the mess room, while pirates robbed the vessel and stole all the cash and valuables of the seamen. After robbery the pirates abandoned the vessel and fled away to Malaysia. There were no injured seamen from the product tanker Ad Matsu during the piracy attack. The crew reported about the accident and vessel returned in operations.

The Indonesian Navy found and arrested one of the pirates in large scale anti-piracy operation. The young man was arrested and will be investigated and judged for piracy according to the Indonesian laws.

The asphalt and bitumen tanker Ad Matsu (IMO: 9523782) has overall length of 90.00 m, moulded beam of 17.00 m and maximum draft of 5.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 4,200 DWT and the gross tonnage is 3,609 GRT. The product tanker was built in 2009 by Nakatani Shipbuilding in their shipyard in Hiroshima, Japan. The owner and operator of the ship is Singapore company Reta Link.