A Thai oil tanker missing since Friday was recovered with all of its crew members safe, the International Maritime Bureau said Monday.

But the pirates who hijacked the tanker took its cargo and damaged its communications gear, Maritime Executive reported.

The MT Orapin 4 left for Singapore Friday on its way to Indonesia when it lost contact.

The IMB sent an alert shortly after the vessel went missing.

It arrived in Thailand’s Sri Racha port on Sunday evening, Maritime Executive said.

The tanker was attacked by armed men while on route to Pontianak on Kalimantan (Bormeo Island).

The crew consisted of 14 sailors.

The armed pirates destroyed all communication equipment and took control of the vessel.

They stole a cargo of  3 million liters of diesel but reportedly left enough fuel for the ship to return safely to shore.

Thai Rear Admiral Karn Dee-ubol confirmed the crew was unharmed and that an investigation was ongoing.

Pirates raided a tanker off the coast of Malaysia in late April, taking 3 million liters of diesel, the report said.


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