A Vietnamese oil tanker, which was en route to a north-central port from Singapore, reportedly lost radio contact four days ago in international waters, a senior official from the Defense Ministry announced on Monday.
Colonel Pham Van Ty, deputy head of the ministry’s rescue department, told Thanh Nien newspaper that the Sunrise 689 was carrying an 18-member crew and 5,226 tons of petroleum products when it suddenly lost touch at 4:27 a.m. on Friday (October 3).
Authorities said they lost contact with the ship when it was around 120 nautical miles (222 kilometers) north-east of Singapore and 360 nm (592 km) from Ca Mau.
Ty said his department has notified maritime authorities in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines and requested assistance in tracking the vessel down.
Vietnamese maritime police have asked signatories to the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) and the ASEAN Anti-Piracy Center to conduct a thorough search for the missing ship and open an investigation into its disappearance.
The 6,000-ton deadweight ship belongs to a shipyard based in the northern city of Hai Phong.
It was heading to Cua Viet port in Vietnam's central province of Quang Tri after disembarking from Singapore.