Posted on September 26, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after a vessel was robbed while transiting off the coast of Ecuador.

 Maritime Piracy - South America, Isla Escalante - Robbery - September 22nd 2019

Category: Boarding/Robbery

Date: 22nd of September

Location: Isla Escalante, Ecuador

Position: 02:32.44S – 080:05.72W

A Containership was hijacked during the early morning hours of September the 22nd while transiting off the coast of Ecuador. The incident occurred at approximately 01:00 am UTC, some 4.5 nautical miles West to Southwest of Isla Escalante.

The Officer on Watch tried to contact two duty crew members on the radio but kept getting no answer. After an initial investigation, it was revealed that the two crew members had been attacked and tied up. They confirmed that seven individuals armed with shotguns had boarded the vessel, taken them hostage and stolen their personal belongings and radios before escaping the ship.

The containership then continued towards Posorja where the local coast guard and anti-narcotics police force boarded the vessel and conducted a search.

After they received clearance by the local authorities, they continued along with their transit. 

Vessel & crew are considered safe.


ARX Maritime provide commercial risk management for vessels trading in high-risk areas, making sure that vessels adopt and implement the best risk management practices.

As part of this service, ARX Maritime have designed the ABaC (anti-boarding and climbing) system. An anti-piracy barrier solution that denies pirates from boarding vessels that are vulnerable to attack in areas of high risk. The ARX ABaC system is designed to repel grappling hooks and ladders, significantly increasing the chances of company vessels and crew surviving unwanted pirate aggression. The ARX ABaC system is easily installed and provides a cost-effective alternative to razor wire.

Posted in Security , Piracy , Aggravated Robbery , Boarding , South America , Ecuador

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