The Ro-Ro cargo ferry Super Shuttle Roro 9 was attacked by Aby Sayaf militants in Moro Gulf on 19 nautical miles southeast off Sibago island, Philippines. The vessel was en route from Cebu to General Santos, when was approached by two motor skiffs with armed men, who crossed the route of the ship and succeeded to board her. The armed Aby Sayaf militants took control of the vessel and kidnapped four of the crew from the ferry, including the Master and Chief Engineer. The pirates fled to the shore on their skiffs with the hostages. The Ro-Ro cargo vessel Super Shuttle Roro 9 headed to the nearest port of Zamboanga with reduced speed and reported the accident to the local authorities. Other crew on board of the Ro-Ro cargo ferry Super Shuttle Roro 9 were unharmed and in good health.
The investigation for the root cause of the accident is under way, but there is no additional information if shipowner or authorities to be in contact with pirates. The circumstances around the accident are unclear, but probably the Master and skipper did not took adequate actions to prevent boarding of the pirates, as the vessel has high freeboard and usually is hard target for hijacking.
The Ro-Ro cargo ferry Super Shuttle Roro 9 (IMO: 7902647) has overall length of 170.90 m, moulded beam of 23.00 m and maximum draft of 5.80 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 11,400 DWT and the gross tonnage is 17,884 GRT. The ferry was built in 1980 by STX Finland Rauma in Finland.
Update on piracy attack in Moro Gulf:
One of the hostages after piracy attack in Moro Gulf was freed [26/03]