|Coast Guard recovers two hijacked vessels|
|Thursday, 20 May 2010 09:39|
Last May 19, 2010, personnel of Coast Guard Station General Santos and the local Coast Guard Field Station have apprehended and detained an unidentified tug boat and a barge which entered Sarangani Bay early yesterday morning and subsequently took berth at Kinford Wharf, Tambler, General Santos City, after they were found to match the description of the Malaysian tugboat MT ATLANTIC 3 and Barge ATLANTIC 5 which have earlier been reported to have been pirated or seajacked within the Indonesia waters.Share
Commodore Lino Dabi, Commander of Coast Guard District South Eastern Mindanao said that personnel of Coast Guard Station General Santos who boarded and inspected the said vessels have confirmed the vessels to be MT ATLANTIC 3 and Barge ATLANTIC 5. According to the apprehending team, the said vessels are apparently in the process of altering their ships’ description by defacing their names on the hull and ships’ documents and machineries, and their IMO registration numbers. Investigation is ongoing with the end in view of establishing the identities of suspects. The incident has already been reported by the PCG to the Regional Cooperation Against Piracy and Armed Robbery at Sea (RECAAP) based in Singapore in order to gather and disseminate more information about the recovery of the said vessels.
Coast Guard Commandant, Admiral Wilfredo D Tamayo commended personnel of Coast Guard Field Station and Coast Guard Station General Santos headed by CDR Charlie Rances for the said apprehension, and further directed all Coast Guard units around the country to increase their vigilance and intensify campaign against pirates, recover hijacked vessels, and go after vessels reportedly involved in drugs, human trafficking, and other transnational crimes. With the said recovery of hijacked vessels, both present and in recent months, Admiral Tamayo believes that a regional “modus operandi” on piracy of vessels and smuggling has virtually been uncovered.