The Vietnamese general cargo ship Phu An 268 was attacked by pirates in Philippine waters off Boan Island. The vessel was approached by motor skiff with six men from the stern, who had suspicious manner and tried to intercept it. The captain of the Vietnamese freighter increased speed to full ahead and maneuvered head towards Malaysia to avoid boarding of the pirates. Fortunately the piracy attack was unsuccessful and the vessel proceeded en route to Malaysia. The accident was reported to the local authorities and ESSCom, which sent patrol boat to the scene of the Malaysian maritime boundary to find and escort the cargo ship to Sandakan Port.
Fortunately during the accident there were no injured people and no reported hijacking of the Vietnamese cargo ship. Only the quick action of the Captain and the ESSCom to mobilize its patrol boat prevented boarding of the pirates on board of the vessel. The investigation for the root cause is under way, but unfortunately the navy failed to trace the pirates.
The Vietnamese general cargo ship Phu An 268 (IMO: 9549293) has overall length 80.00 m, moulded beam of 10.00 m and maximum draft of 4.00 m. The deadweight of the freighter is 3,068 DWT and the gross tonnage of 1,599 GRT. The vessel was built in 2008 by Hai Phong Fishery Shipbuilding in Vietnam.