Rehobot found almost one month after pirate strike

Manila: After more than three weeks the tanker Rehobot has been found in Philippine waters.

The Indonesian-flagged chemical tanker was hijacked on the night of January 28 off Lembeh Island in Indonesia. Three days later all 14 Indonesian crew were found in life rafts.

Last night the Philippine Coast Guard said the a had run aground in far south of the county, off Davao Oriental. The ship was identified as the Rehobot this morning.

Initial investigations have revealed signs of spillage of unknown substance found onboard the ship.

The Rehobot is one of three chemical and product tankers to have been struck by criminal gangs in Southeast Asian waters this year.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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