Posted on December 04, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates boarded a vessel at Philippines' Tabangao Anchorage.
Date: 30th of November
Location: Tabangao Anchorage, Philippines
Position: 13° 43.9’ N, 121° 2.5’ E
The Marshall Islands-flagged Tanker, RIO DAYTONA was boarded by pirates during the early morning hours of November the 30th, while anchored at Tabangao Anchorage, Philippines. The incident occurred at Tabangao's Alpha Anchorage, at approximately 0330 hours. Two individuals were seen boarding the ship through the hawse pipe. They proceeded to steal one piece of a fire nozzle, a fire hydrant cover and five pieces of butterfly bolt from the bosun store hatch. However, the duty officer onboard noticed them and promptly informed the Master. The ship's general alarm was turned on, at which point they proceeded to escape the vessel.
The ship's crew then conducted an inventory check of the ship's property.
Vessel & crew are safe.
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