The Capesize bulk carrier Kumiai Shagang was attacked by pirates in Sulu Sea north off Tawi-Tawi Island, Philippines. The vessel was en route from Port Hedland in Australia to Qingdao in China, but during passage of Sulu Sea was approached by speed boat with heavy armed men. The crew raised alarm, increased speed and maneuvered to avoid pirates to board the vessel. Fortunately, the bulk carrier Kumiai Shagang succeeded to escape from the attack and proceeded the voyage to China. The accident was reported to local authorities and ReCAAP, which started investigation for the accident and trying to track the pirates.
According to crew evidences, the pirates were militants from Abu Sayyaf terrorist group, which were heavy armed. They even open fire in the air, but fortunately there were no injured people. The crew succeeded to prevent boarding and sent distress signal to the local navy, which discouraged the militants for further attempts to hijack the ship.
The Capesize bulk carrier Kumiai Shagang (IMO: 9576337) has overall length of 292.00 m, moulded beam of 45.00 m and maximum draft of 18.40 m. The deadweight of the ship 179,191 DWT and the gross tonnage is 93,169 GRT. The vessel was built in 2011 by Sungdong Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering shipyard in Tongyoung, South Korea.