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Seafarer killed during pirate attack in Philippine waters

24 February 2017

One seafarer was killed, and six crew members kidnapped, during a pirate attack on the Vietnam-flagged bulk carrier Giang Hai in Sulu Sea, around 20 nautical miles off Pearl Bank, Philippines on 19 February. The armed men were in a motor boat that attempted to intercept the vessel, which changed course to head to north east Borneo. The pirates opened fire, killing one crew member, and then took control of the ship, damaged the communication equipment, kidnapped six crew members and fled in their boat. The remaining crew were uninjured and raised the alarm, but a pursuit by the Philippine coast guard and military failed to locate the pirates.

The incident is the latest in the increasing attacks reported in these waters.

Other recent incidents reported to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) worldwide Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) include the following.

  • Five armed robbers boarded a tug anchored at Batam, Indonesia on 23 February but escaped empty-handed after crew raised the alarm.
  • Armed pirates boarded a tanker around 33 nautical miles off Forcados, Nigeria on 19 February. The alarm was raised and the crew retreated to the citadel. The pirates damaged the ship’s equipment, stole ship’s property and crew personal belongings, and escaped before two Nigerian Navy vessels arrived at the scene.
  • Four robbers boarded a bulk carrier anchored at Jingtang, China on 14 February, but escaped empty-handed after the alarm was raised.

All attacks and suspicious sightings should be reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre, tel: +603 2031 0014 (24 hours), email:

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