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Missing hijacked chemical tanker found grounded in the Philippines

Missing hijacked chemical tanker found grounded in the Philippines
The Indonesian chemical tanker Rehobot hijacked by pirates on 28 January has been found grounded in the Southern Philippines.

The Rehobot was hijacked after it left Bitung, Indonesia with a cargo of 1,100 tonnes of diesel and was hijacked on 28 January by eight pirates. The 14 crew were found adrift in life rafts three days later, however, the vessel was missing.

According to ReCAAP on 23 February a vessel ran aground in Brgy Cabuaya, Mati City, Davao Oriental, Philippines.

The following day Philippines authorities confirmed the ship was the missing Rehobot.

“Initial investigation revealed that there was sign of spillage of unknown substance found onboard the ship,” ReCAAP said.

It remains unclear what happened to the Rehobot after 28 January and investigations are ongoing.

The Rehobot was one of three small tankers to be hijacked in Southeast Asian waters this year.