Posted on September 30, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates attempted to board a tanker berthed at Balikpapan, Indonesia. 

Maritime Piracy - Attempted Boarding, Attempted Robbery - Balikapapan, Indonesia - September 18th 2019


Category: Boarding/Robbery

Date: 18th of September

Location: Dermaga Kencana Temirnal, Balikpapan, Indonesia. 

Position: 1°06'32.0"S 116°44'10.6"E


A berthed tanker was boarded during the evening hours of September the 18th while at the Dermaga Kencana Terminal in Balikpapan, Indonesia. Two intruders boarded the vessel but were spotted by the crew. The crew then proceeded to raise the alarm, at which point the boarding party escaped without having stolen anything.

Incident was reported to the local authorities. 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 , Indonesia , South East Asia , Attempted Robbery , Boarding

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