The deputy director of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, Ahmad Puzi Abdul Kahar, show a picture of missing tanker during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, June 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
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A Malaysian naval vessel has made contact with the pirates onboard hijacked tanker Orkim Harmony and is trying to persuade them to surrender, a maritime official said Thursday.The 7,300 deadweight tonne (DWT) Orkim Harmony was hijacked on June 11 about 30 nautical miles from the Johor port of Tanjung Sedili carrying around 50,000 barrels of RON95 gasoline, in the second such incident in the same area this month.The Orkim Harmony is operated by Malaysia's Orkim Ship Management. Malaysian state oil firm Petronas told Reuters that the Orkim Harmony was carrying 6,000 metric tons of product from its Malacca refinery to the port of Kuantan on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia for distribution.
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