Posted on October 14, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after a vessel was boarded while anchored at the Lagos Secure Anchorage area, Nigeria. 

Maritime Piracy - Lagos Secure Anchorage Area, October 5th 2019 - Boarding, Robbery


Category: Boarding/Robbery

Date: 5th of October

Location: Lagos Secure Anchorage Area, Nigeria

Position: 06:17.2N – 003:13.8E


An anchored Product Tanker was boarded during the early morning hours of October the 5th, while anchored at the Lagos Secure Anchorage Area, Nigeria. At approximately 02:00 am UTC, a Duty security patrol onboard the tanker noticed three robbers on the forecastle and immediately informed the Officer on Watch who proceeded to raise the alarm.

Upon noticing the alarm, the robbers escaped without stealing anything.

The incident was then reported to the Nigerian Navy, who proceeded to dispatch a patrol boat to investigate further. Vessel & crew are considered safe. 


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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 , Robbery , Boarding , Nigeria , Gulf of Guinea , West Africa , Africa

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