The Malaysian tug Masfive 6 was released by Abu Sayyaf militants, but the four kidnapped crew remain in captivity. The vessel was returned to her owner Highline Shipping Sdn, but the crew remain hijacked without contact with authorities. The militants confirmed that crew is safe and will be released after the payment of the requested ransom, but currently remain in captivity. The navy and the coast guard are in regular contact with the Abu Sayyaf militants for the kidnapped seamen, but currently there is not more information from the local authorities.
The Malaysian ship Masfive 6 was hijacked by pirates near Pulau Ligitan off Semporna, but later it was estimated that armed seamen are Abu Sayyaf militants. The vessel was attacked, while towing barge with 7500 tons of coal. Currently the group has also 10 Indonesian hostages from another tug, which was hijacked two weeks ago.
The Malaysian tugboat Masfive 6 has length of 70.00 m, beam of 10.00 m and maximum draft of 3.50 m.
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Malaysian ship hijacked in Celebes sea [03/04]