Bulk carrier ROYAL 16 attacked, six crew kidnapped, Celebes Sea
Bulk carrier ROYAL 16 was attacked at around 0330 LT Nov 11 while enroute from Hai Phong, Vietnam towards Davao, 8.3 nm southeast off Coco Island, Basilan Strait in position 06 40.45’N, 122 29.05’E, reported ReCAAP. An unidentified number of armed men boarded the ship and abducted six crew members, including the master, chief mate, 2nd Officer, 3rd officer, bosun and assistant bosun, and fled in a speed boat. The remaining 13 crew understood unharmed, vessel proceeding proceeding to Zamboanga port.
Reported to ReCAAP by: Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Vietnam Coast Guard (VCG) and Vietnam Maritime Security Information Centre (MSIC).