The owner of the hijacked tugboat Brahma 12 has agreed to pay a ransom in the amount of IDR 14.3 billion (USD 1 million) for the ten kidnapped crewmembers, according to the Indonesia’s newspaper Jakarta Globe.
PT Patria Maritime Lines’ reportedly agreed to the terms of the crew’s release previously set by pirates, claiming to be members of the Islamic extremist group, the Abu Sayyaf, despite the Indonesian government’s attempts to facilitate the hostages’ release and prepare for a strike on the kidnappers.
After the crew members were taken hostage on March 26 from the tug Brahma 12 and barge Anand 12 in the Philippine waters, the tug was soon released, however the kidnapped crew remained in captivity, with their whereabouts unknown.
While on their way from Sungai Puting, South Kalimatan to Batangas, South Philippines, the vessels were attacked by the pirates.
World Maritime News is yet to receive a confirmation on the matter from the Indonesian government and the vessel’s owner.
World Maritime News Staff