Pinoy seamen home safe from ME ordeal

THE 32 Filipino seamen of two tankers which were damaged in an incident off the Strait of Hormuz are all safe and unharmed, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) yesterday said.

In a report, Philippine Ambassador to UAE Hjayceelyn M. Quintana told the DFA that she met with the 11 Filipino seafarers of the MT Front Altair and the 21 Filipino seafarers of the MT Kokuka Courageous on two separate occasions.

These two tankers were damaged during an incident off the Strait of Hormuz on June 13.

Quintana said she is happy to report that “all Filipino seafarers are unharmed and in good condition.”

“The seafarers are appreciative of the concern extended to them by the Philippine government and all those involved in their rescue. The manning agencies are now looking after the crews’ wellbeing and are dealing with their repatriation,” Quintana said.

The two oil tankers were attacked on June 13 near the Strait of Hormuz fueling concerns about further tensions in the Middle East.

Tehran was blamed for the attacks based on US intelligence, type of weapons used and level of expertise needed to carry out the operation.