Update: Indonesia Tug Brahma 12 Freed, Kidnapped Crew Still Held Hostage

Illustration; Image Courtesy: Interpol

The hijacked Indonesian tug Brahma 12 has been released and is now being held by the Philippine authorities, the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs told World Maritime News in an emailed statement.

Meanwhile, the Indonesian-flagged barge, the Anand 12, with its 10 crew members are still being held by the hijackers, with their whereabouts unknown.

As World Maritime News reported, the crew members were kidnapped on March 26th following the hijacking of the two vessels in the Philippine waters.

The ships were attacked during their voyage from Sungai Puting, South Kalimatan to Batangas, South Philippines, the ministry confirmed, adding that the barge was carrying some 7,000 tons of coal.

The ministry said that it had received the information on the hijackings on March 28th and that it was in communication with relevant shipowners ever since.

As disclosed, the ship owners learned of the attacks on March 26th upon receiving a phone call from someone claiming to be a member of the Islamic extremist group, the Abu Sayyaf.

“During the phone conversation with the ship owners, the hijackers/hostage takers demanded ransom money. Since March 26th, those responsible have contacted the ship owners twice,” the ministry said in a statement.

The ransom is reportedly set at 50 million pessos (USD 1.07 million).

According to the ministry, the parties are working on the release of the kidnapped crew, whose safety has been given “top priority” by the Indonesian government.

World Maritime News Staff

Share this article

Follow World Maritime News

In Depth>


<< Mar 2018 >>
26 27 28 1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31 1

Singapore Maritime Technology Conference and Exhibition (SMTC) 2018

The 3rd Singapore Maritime Technology Conference and Exhibition (SMTC) 2018 is organized by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore…

read more >

Shippax Ferry Conference 2018

The two-day onboard ferry conference was first organized in 2003 and grows ever more popular with some 400 delegates from over 40 ferry…

read more >

8th Dredging & Land Reclamation World Summit 2018

The 8th Dredging and Land Reclamation Summit 2018 will gather the decision makers from Authorities and Operators responsible for ports…

read more >

Shipping 360

This course is ideal for those who have recently joined the maritime sector and those who need to have a better understanding…

read more >