The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) said a commercial vessel had reportedly spotted the missing ship about 23 nautical miles west of Miri yesterday evening and had notified the owners of the vessel MV Sah Lian.
"The ship was reported to have a damaged gearbox and propeller crankshaft," MMEA officials said.
"This morning the owner informed us and we quickly deployed our vessel," they said.
The owners of the Malaysian-registered vessel lost contact with it on September 3 while it travelled along the Malaysian state of Sarawak with a crew of 14, including Indians.
"We believe this ship has been hijacked and taken out of Malaysian waters. We believe it could be in Indonesian waters near the Natuna islands," said First Admiral Ismaili Bujang Pit, the State's Coast Guard Chief.
Southeast Asian waters are the world's most piracy-prone, according to London-based International Maritime Bureau (IMB).


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