Connect with us


Crew of hijacked tanker found

Legacy Phuket Gazette



Crew of hijacked tanker found | Thaiger

PHUKET: The crew of the hijacked Japanese tanker, the Global Mars, were found on an island off the coast of Phanga Nga Province on Friday after a 17-day ordeal at sea. The vessel, with 17 crew members – seven Koreans and 10 Burmese – left Port Klang in Malaysia on February 22, bound for the Indian port of Haldia with a cargo of 6,000 tonnes of palm oil. The alarm was raised after the operators lost contact with the vessel; its last radio call was on February 23. After that, there was silence, raising concern that the tanker had either been hijacked or had sunk. The crew told Thai authorities that about 20 pirates armed with automatic rifles seized the vessel at 10.30 pm on February 24, about 70-80 kilometers west of Thai waters. Eight of the hijackers took control of the tanker. The remaining 12 blindfolded the crew and transferred them to a large fishing boat, where they were held for 13 days. Pol Lt Col Chalermpol Maliwan of the Marine Police said the crew told him that they were treated well; no one was harmed and the pirates gave them food and water. On March 7 they were ordered onto a smaller fishing boat and abandoned. Since the crew had been blindfolded the whole time, they did not know where they were. The boat had a small engine and some provisions, so they motored until they ran out of fuel and then food. On March 9 they encountered some local fisherman, who gave them fuel, food and directions. When they again ran out of fuel, said Lt Col Chalermpol, they set to paddling with their hands and, helped by favorable winds, arrived at Surin Island, Kuraburi District, on March 10. There, they were found by staff of the national park. “The crew were not harmed but they were hungry and sunburned after their ordeal. Luckily, during the time they were lost, there was no bad weather.” The identity and nationality of the pirates are unknown but the police believe they are probably from the same Indonesian group that has orchestrated similar attacks in waters between Indonesia and Thailand. Royal Thai Navy helicopters and ships based in Phuket joined in the hunt for the Global Mars, searching from Myanmar to the far south of Thailand. But police believe the tanker is now a long way from Thai waters, most likely headed for India where its cargo of palm oil – estimated to be worth around 58 million baht – can most easily be sold on the black market. The crew are now in Bangkok awaiting replacement documentation to allow them to return home.


Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand7 hours ago

Thailand News Today | OnlyFans content creators arrested on pornography charges | September 21

Thailand9 hours ago

Soldier allegedly assaults neighbours following horn honking

Thailand10 hours ago

Border agencies instructed to look out for gun smuggling along Myanmar border

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Coronavirus (Covid-19)10 hours ago

Tuesday Covid Update: 10,919 new cases; provincial totals

Thailand11 hours ago

Officials clarify Korat police van stopped at the beach after collecting murder suspect

Crime11 hours ago

OnlyFans content creators arrested by Thai police on pornography charges

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand11 hours ago

Comments Galore! feat. Golf | Thaiger Bites | September 21

Cambodia12 hours ago

Scientists study bats in Cambodia to find clues about Covid

News13 hours ago

Update: government official that allegedly stole from fund meant for the disabled spent all the money on gambling

Thailand14 hours ago

Morning Top Stories | Reopening of entertainment venues, Manny Pacquiao for president | September 21 |

World14 hours ago

Flight restrictions to the US to ease in November – US government

Thailand15 hours ago

Bangkok re-opening Criteria, Thai Airways keeps Struggling | Good Morning Thailand | Episode 93

Thailand15 hours ago

Government warns that posting pornographic material is illegal following OnlyFans creator being questioned by police

Indonesia15 hours ago

Bali to re-open for international yachts with fully vaccinated crew, passengers

World15 hours ago

British Airways tests first ever net-zero carbon emissions flight

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14 | Thaiger
Thailand1 week ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism7 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11