The Philippine government on Thursday expressed its appreciation to friendly governments for the rescue of a total of 32 Filipino seafarers who are crew members of the two disabled oil tankers sailing through the Gulf of Oman.
The statement came following the return of 11 Filipino crewmembers of the Norwegian-flagged oil tanker MT Front Altair that was attacked off the Strait of Hormuz on June 13.
Representatives of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and their local manning agency were on hand to welcome the 11 Filipino seafarers upon their arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Wednesday.
The oil tanker caught fire after it was hit by a suspected limpet mine on the Gulf of Oman, sending a thick cloud of black smoke into the atmosphere.
Reports said the Norwegian-owned ship with a total 23 crewmembers was loaded with naphtha from the United Arab Emirates when it was attacked.
The ship’s captain radioed for help as its cargo of flammable chemicals caught fire.