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ReCAAP reports: On 25 Jul 12 at about 1600 hrs (local time), tug boat Woodman 38 towing barge Woodman 39 departed Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia enroute to Samarinda, Indonesia scheduled to arrive on the morning of 31 Jul 12 for loading of coal. The company last contacted Woodman 38 on 27 Jul 12 at 1238 hrs (local time) off Balabac Island, Philippines (07 56.33N, 117 17.05E). Since then, the company was not able to establish contact with the vessel which has a total of 12 crew (comprising seven Indonesians, four Malaysians & one Myanmar national). The vessel travelled at a speed of 7.02 knots had its tracking system switched off after the last contact. The shipping company reported the incident to the ReCAAP ISC, and seeking assistance to
locate the missing vessels. The ReCAAP ISC had alerted all its ReCAAP Focal Points and the maritime authorities in the region, including the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) and the Indonesian authorities to assist in locating the missing tug boat and empty barge.
Tug Woodman 38 IMO 9257307, GRT 194, built 2001, flag Malaysia, owner WOODMAN SDN BHD.