Tug and barge hijacked and robbed in Malaysia

tug hijackedThe tug Ever Prosper and barge Ever Dignity were hijacked and robbed by pirates in Malaysia. The barge was towed by the tug, carrying crude palm kernel oil, operating on cabotage routes. Near Mukah, East Malaysia, the convoy was attacked by armed pirates, who succeeded to board the tug and take the control. The shipowner lost communication with the tug and informed the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, requesting assistance due to possible hijacking. Another tug of the company spotted the hijacked vessel near Mukah with pirates barge alongside, pumping out crude palm kernel oil.

The local authorities and Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency dispatched two guard vessels from Bintulu to the scene of the accident, but when guards arrived, the pirates had abandoned the vessel and robbed the crew. They succeeded to pump out 3000 litres of the CPKO during the the night before and headed into unknown direction. Also perpetrators robbed the crew and took money, phones and other values.

The guard vessels escorted the tug Ever Prosper and barge Ever Dignity to Bintulu, where will be held inspection and further investigation. The ten crew members were safe and without serious injuries. One of the crew has injury to one of his eyes, believed to be punched by the perpetrators. He will be transported to the hospital for medical treatment.

The tug Ever Prosper has overall length of 21.00 m, moulded beam of 8.00 m and maximum draft of 4.00 m.