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Another tug attacked, 4 crew kidnapped, 1 wounded. Third hijack in a row.

April 16, 2016 at 05:53 by Mikhail Voytenko in Maritime Security

Indonesian tug HENRY with towed barge Christi was attacked by armed pirates or militants in a speed boat, in the afternoon Apr 15 in position 04 31N 119 00E, 70 nm east of Tawau, northeast Kalimantan, Celebes sea. Tug was fired upon, pirates boarded vessel, kidnapped four crew (according to latest reports, Indonesians) and fled. One of 6 crew remaining on board was wounded by a gunshot, he’s in hospital in stable condition. Five seamen remained unharmed. Tug and barge arrived to Lahad Datu, Malaysia, northeast Kalimantan.
Tug HENRY, IMO 9302231, GT 245, built 2003, flag Indonesia, manager GLOBAL TRANS ENERGY INTL, Jakarta.

This is the third attack in two weeks, in the same area, marked with the same pattern – pirates or militants attack tugs, hijack Malaysian crew members, and demand ransom.

Apr 1: Tug MASSIVE 6
Four crewmen of a Malaysian vessel have been kidnapped by armed Filipino gunmen near Pulau Ligitan off Semporna in the east coast of Sabah at night Apr 1. Later tug MASSIVE 6, which has been hijacked by Abu Sayyaf militants on Apr 1 near Pulau Ligitan off Semporna in the east coast of Sabah while towing barge with 7500 tons of coal, was returned to its’ owner, Highline Shipping Sdn. Bhd. Four kidnapped Malaysian crew were replaced with new crew.

March 28: Tug BRAHMA 12
Tug BRAHMA 12 hijacked by Islamist terrorists Abu Sayyaf, $1 million ransom demand
March 28, 2016
Militants of a well-known Islamist terrorist group Abu Sayyaf, Philippines, on Mar 28 hijacked Indonesian 10 crew tug BRAHMA 12 in Sulu sea. Reportedly militants demand a ransom in sum of 50 million pesos ($1,080,000). No other details available.

Another tug attacked, 4 crew kidnapped, 1 wounded. Third hijack in a row.

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