After an investigation, investigators had found enough grounds to determine that the "Sunrise 689" has been hijacked as reported by the vessel’s crewmembers, and were seeking help from the Interpol to track down the pirates.
Through an examination of the entire vessel and the testimony of the crew, investigators concluded that the tanker suffered from a piracy attack in international waters. The Investigation Police Agency under the Ministry of Public Security Based will launch an official investigation into the case and will coordinate with the Southeast Asia anti-piracy Center based in Singapore to hunt down the hijackers. It was also confirmed that the vessel’s black box had not been lost as previously reported, but police found it during their examination after the case was handed over to them from the Ba Ria-Vung Tau Border Guard on Oct 15. The provincial border guard force and the Vietnam Coast Guard had handled the case when the vessel was escorted by three Coastguard boats to the coastal city of Vung Tau on Oct 11, nine days after the hijacking occurred. The black box has been sent to the Vietnam Maritime Administration for examination to collect information stored in the device.
According to a report of the ship’s captain, Nguyen Quyet Thang, the hijacking occurred on Oct 2 when the ship was transporting 5,226 tons of oil from Singapore to the northern Vietnamese southern of Quang Tri. The hijackers were armed with guns and knives. Some of them took control of the crew, while others destroyed the vessel’s communications system. They assaulted several sailors, including machinist Luong Dai Thanh, who suffered a broken toe and a badly injured left kneecap; and crewman Tran Van Lich, who sustained an ankle injury, the captain said. After offloading about 2,000 tons of oil, the pirates freed the ship at around 2 am on Oct 9 near Thai waters.
En route from Kunda to La Pallice the "Frank W" ran into the embankment of the Kiel Canal on Oct 27, 2014, close to the ferry pt. Fischerhütte. It had entered the canal westbound at 2 p.m. and had a stop in Rendsburg short past 5 p.m. The tug "Wolf" was dispatched from Brunsbüttel at 8.30 p.m. to pull the ship out which succeeded short before 11 p.m. The ship berthed at the South Quay in Brunsbüttel on Oct 28 at 1.30 a.m. for investigations. The vessel resumed its voyage from Brunsbüttel to La Rochelle/La Pallice after investigations were completed on Oct 28 at 2.30 p.m.
On Oct 23, 2014 around noon the "Sylt" docked in at the MSR Gryfia S.A. in Szczecin coming from Rauma after some temporary repairs and inspections during cargo discharge. The ship had sailed from Rauma on Oct 20. On Oct 11 at 2.15 a.m. the vessel had got out of the fairway and touched the bottom. One ballast tank on starboard side was breached, and the ship developed a list. It was escorted back to the harbour by the tug "Apollon" and the patrol boat "Uisko". Also a rescue helicopter from Turku had been readied for a possible evacuation of the ship's 13-member crew and the pilot.
Finnish report with photo:
On Oct 26 around 8.30 p.m. the "Auto Baltic", coming from St. Petersburg, allided with the quay of the Northern lock in Bremerhaven while entering it. The ship was entering the lock Stern first when it hit the quay with the port side. The captain had misjugded the wind and current. Both the ship and the quay were damaged. The hull was dented and some rafters bent. The ship berthed in the Kaiser Dock 2 at 10 p.m.
German report with photo: