PHILIPPINES, SPEEDBOAT SHADOWS BULK CARRIER

The crew of a bulk carrier have reported a suspicious approach by a speedboat.

The bulk carrier was underway 115 nautical miles east of Baganga on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines.

As the speedboat approached an alarm was raised, the bulk carrier’s crew mustered and the ship‘s fire hoses pressurised.

Individuals in the speedboat were shouting towards the ship. Some were holding steel hooks.

The International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) piracy reporting centre said the speedboat chased the bulk carrier for some 30 minutes before moving away.

The bulk carrier continued its passage.

Pirate attacks off the east coast of Mindanao have been rare.

Even problems associated with piracy and crew abduction off southern Mindanao in the Sulu and Celebes Seas have been in decline.

A senior official in the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has been as quoted as saying there had been no piracy incidents off Mindanao in the ten months  to October 2018 and there have been no reports of piracy in the first four months of 2019.

However, Mindanao remains under martial law and terrorists and armed groups have the potential to pose a pirate threat.

Source: Gray Page

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