Posted on October 18, 2018 by Ilias Kiritsis
Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates attempted to board a vessel off the coast of Lagos, Nigeria.
Date Time: 17/10/2018 01:55:00 UTC
Area: West Africa
Lat: 6°15'9 N
Lon: 3°13'3 E
Detail: [Boarding Attempt] Duty AB on routine rounds on board an anchored product tanker noticed a speed boat alongside the anchor chain at 0155 UTC in position 06:15.9N - 003:13.3E, Lagos Secure Anchorage Area, Nigeria. Around five persons armed with guns and hooks were noticed attempting to board the tanker. The AB shouted at the intruders and informed the bridge. Alarm raised and fire pump activated. Upon hearing the alarm, the persons aborted the attempted boarding and moved away. Incident reported to local authorities who dispatched a patrol vessel which searched the waters around the tanker. A search was made throughout the tanker. Nothing reported stolen. Reported (IMB) 17 Oct.
Reported By: OL BRAVO
Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution if they have to transit in this area.
ARX Maritime have designed an anti-piracy barrier to prevent pirates boarding your vessel. The ARX anti-boarding and climbing barrier repels grappling hooks and ladders, significantly increasing the chances of your vessel and crew surviving a pirate attack. The system is easily installed and provides a cost-effective alternative to razor wire.
For more information contact the ARX team on +44 1313170048 or at firstname.lastname@example.org