Police investigate pirate attack

MT Berkat Rehobot found on Feb. 23rd.

Police investigate pirate attack

The North Sulawesi Police are currently investigating the hijacking of a ship transporting 700 kiloliters of diesel while it was en route from Bitung, North Sulawesi, to Halmahera, North Maluku.

The tanker Berkat Rehobot departed Bitung Port on Jan. 28 at 9:20 p.m. with a cargo of subsidized diesel for the mining company PT Nusa Halmahera, operating in Halmahera.

The vessel was taken over by pirates around two hours later in the vicinity of Lembeh and Dua islands, in North Sulawesi. The ship’s captain Ridwan Balaati, 43, and the 14 members of his crew were sent off in a life raft.

The crew were later found by fishermen and picked up by water police aboard the Beo patrol vessel in the border area between Indonesia and the Philippines.

North Sulawesi Police chief spokesman Adj. Sr. Comr. Wilson Damanik said police were still investigating the case.

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Source: thejakartapost.com

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