Posted on April 24, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates attempted to board a vessel in Buenaventura Channel, Colombia.

Colombia Piracy Attack

Category: Attempted Boarding

Date: 19th of April

Location: Buenaventura Channel, Colombia

Position: 03:47.6N – 077:14.3W


The Panama-flagged container ship, NYK Lyra was attacked during the early morning hours of April the 20th while it was transiting off the coast of Colombia. The attack took place at approximately 05:35 UTC, near the city of Buenaventura. A boat with around 8 to 10 PoB approached the vessel, which was under pilotage at the time, and attempted to board it via the rigged pilot ladder. Duty crew on watch noticed the boat and promptly raised the alarm.

The crew proceeded to muster near the pilot ladder, and as a result, the boat aborted the boarding attempt and moved away. The pilot then notified the coast guard and a patrol boat was sent to the scene to investigate.

Crew & vessel 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 , South America , Colombia

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