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Ro-ro SUPER SHUTTLE RORO 9 attack UPDATE: tug was attacked, not ro-ro ship

March 23, 2017 at 12:49 by Mikhail Voytenko in Maritime Security

Mar 26 UPDATE: As it came out, cargo ship SUPER SHUTTLE RORO 9 wasn’t attacked, a tug which was escorting or towing SUPER SHUTTLE RORO 9 was under attack on Mar 23 19 nm southeast of Sibago island, Philippines. Master and Chief Engineer of the tug were kidnapped, on Mar 25 Master was freed by armed forces of the Philippines, one of hijackers, reportedly Aby Sayaf militant, was killed.

Ro-ro cargo vessel SUPER SHUTTLE RORO 9 was attacked by gunmen believed to be Aby Sayaf militants, at around 1220 LT Mar 23 in Moro Gulf, some 19 nm southeast of Sibago island, Philippines. Four crew reportedly kidnapped, some sources say Master and Chief Engineer are among kidnapped. Vessel is en route from Cebu to General Santos. As of 1230 UTC Mar 23, vessel according to track, seems to change course and head for nearest port Zamboanga, proceeding at a reduced speed of some 3-4 knots.

Ro-ro SUPER SHUTTLE RORO 9 attack UPDATE: tug was attacked, not ro-ro ship

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