The bulk carrier Giang Hai was attacked by armed pirates in Sulu Sea on 20 nautical miles north off Pearl Bank in Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. The vessel was carrying 4,500 tons of cement from Indonesia to the Philippines, when was approached by motor boat with heavy armed men, who tried to cross the route of the bulker. The crew changed course and headed the bulk carrier Giang Hai to northeast Borneo, but pirates opened fire shooting to the deck and bridge. One seamen was killed during the attack, but the crew retreated and the pirates took control over the ship. The pirates kidnapped 6 seamen and fled with their boat in north direction. The other Vietnamese sailors were alive and without reported injuries. The crew raised alarm and at the scene arrived personnel of the Philippine Coast guard and police, who boarded the vessel near the province’s Baguan Island.
The investigation for the root cause of the accident is under way. The Coastguard launched a pursuit in coordination with the military and the police, but did not found the pirates. Large part of the communication equipment of the bulk carrier Giang Hai was damaged and the ship will remain for repairs and inspection at the dock in Sandakan, Malaysia.
The bulk carrier Giang Hai (IMO: 9557329) has overall length of 92.00 m, moulded beam of 15.00 m and maximum draft of 5.20 m. The deadweight of the ship is 4,739 DWT and the gross tonnage is 2,875 GRT. The bulk carrier was built in 2010 by HA Long Shipbuilding Industry in Haiphong, Vietnam.