25 May, Friday

Malaysia navy chief says may have found wreck of oil tanker which sank off Johor


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The Malaysian navy said on Sunday (June 18) it may have found the wreck of the oil tanker MT Putri Sea, which is believed to have sunk off Tanjung Pengelih in Johor following an explosion.

Royal Malaysian Navy chief Admiral Tan Sri Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin said on Twitter that the navy hydrography vessel KD Perantau had detected an underwater object, which is believed to be the missing MT Putri.

"A team of navy divers is on their way to verify this," he tweeted.

The oil container MT Putri Sea lost contact with its agent in Singapore approximately 4.6 nautical miles south-west of Tanjung Pengelih in the district of Kota Tinggi at around 5am on Thursday.

It was reported that the ship, which was carrying crude oil, may have sunk soon after an explosion on board.

Six crew members were reported missing.

The 46.3m-long MT Putri Sea was registered in Equatorial Guinea.


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