VIrgo Gas, ex Gongora, image by Alf van Beem/wikipedia
Trinidad and Tobago’s Ministry of Transport reports in an emailed statement the LPG tanker Virgo Gas was attacked on
10 July 29 June in the vicinity of Port of Spain.
According to spokesperson Beverly Phillip, Director of Maritime Services at the Ministry of Transport, 8-10 men aboard three small fishing vessels boarded the ship via the stern. “The men were armed with machetes, knives, one 9mm pistol and pieces of wood. They assaulted and robbed the Master and crew members holding them captive for approximately thirty minutes.”
The Peruvian captain was beaten unconscious and shot and three of the crew were assaulted during the attack according to a local report by GuardianMEDIA.
It’s unclear who actually owns the vessel as she has switched owners in recent years.
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