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MISC reports 'casualty' onboard hijacked tanker

Kuala Lumpur: MISC Bhd, the world's biggest owner of LNG tankers, has revealed that there has been a  "casualty'' onboard its ship that was hijacked by pirates three days ago, reports Bloomberg. The tanker, with a crew of 29 Malaysians and 10 Filipinos, was headed to Rotterdam in the Netherlands from Indonesia when it was seized on August 19 in the Gulf of Aden.

The first communication with the ship, which was carrying palm oil, was established at 5:05 p.m. local time on Aug. 21, the company said in a statement e-mailed to the newswire today.

MISC "was informed'' that the casualty involved one of its Filipino crew members during the boarding of the vessel by the hijackers, the company said, adding that it was unable to confirm the incident. The remaining crew is safe, it maintained.  [22/08/08]

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