07.01.2017: 1450 UTC:
Posn: 13:44.0N – 121:02.2E, Batangas Anchorage, Philippines.
Robbers in two unlit boats approached and boarded an anchored product tanker. Duty AB on routine rounds noticed the robbers and raised the alarm. Hearing the alarm, the robbers escaped in their boats.
Crew mustered and a search was carried out. It was reported that ship’s properties were stolen.
Incident reported to Coast Guard, who boarded the tanker for investigation.
03.01.2017: 1524 LT:
Posn: 06:36.0N – 122:41.0E, Around 21.6nm East of Basilan Island, Philippines.
Six persons in two speed boats, armed with automatic rifles, chased and fired upon a general cargo ship underway. Master raised the alarm and increased speed.
Ship’s distress message was relayed by Zamboanga radio station to the local authorities who dispatched patrol boats to assist the vessel.
Due to the firing the vessel sustained multiple gunshot damage on the port and starboard sides.
Vessel however, managed to evade the attack. All crew safe.
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