Pinoy crews on attacked ships safe – DOLE chief

Silvestre Bello III

THE Department of Labor and Employment yesterday said there were no Filipino casualties in the two oil tankers that were separately attacked in the Gulf of Oman on June 13.

Nevertheless, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the seafarers will be provided assistance to ensure their safety and security.

“We are extending assistance, if necessary, to our seafarers which include repatriation and protection in high-risk zones,” he said.

Bello said the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration will coordinate with the manning agency of the seafarers for the needed assistance.

The attacked ship in the Gulf of Oman, the Marshall-Islands flagged tanker Front Altair Ship, was manned by 11 Filipinos, 11 Russians, and a Georgian.  It was heading to Taiwan from Qatar when the explosion happened, reports said.

According to the statement of the Front Altair, the crew were transferred to an Iranian navy vessel and disembarked at a local Iranian port.

The second tanker was a Panama-flagged ship heading from a port in Saudi Arabia towards Singapore when a fire broke out approximately 28 miles from Jask, Iran.