The tug Ever Ocean Silk, towing the oil barge Ever Giant, was attacked by pirates in South China Sea on 60 nautical miles off Bintulu in northern Borneo, Malaysia. One armed group with fast boat approached the convoy from starboard and boarded the tug, taking command. All all the 10 crew members were locked into the messroom and the pirates robbed the vessel, taking all the valuables and cash. After that theyr fled away on their fast boat and headed to Malaysian coast. The accident was reported to the local authorities and Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), which started investigation for the accident.
After the attack, tug Ever Ocean Silk and oil barge Ever Giant headed to Bintulu, but all the crew are safe and without injuries. After inspection, the vessel will resume the voyage to its final destination. It was estimated the pirates did not steal anything from the cargo on board, prabbaly not being equipment or being followed by the navy.
The tug Ever Ocean Silk has overall length of 26.00 m, moulded beam of 6.00 m and maximum draft of 3.50 m. The vessel is operating under the flag of Malaysia. The convoy of tug and barge were en route from Tawau, Sabah, to Port Klang, Malaysia, carrying 2,499 tons of palm oil.