Posted on April 05, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates boarded a vessel off Lagos, Nigeria.

Category: Boarding/Attempted Robbery

Date: 30th of March

Location: Lagos STS Anchorage, Nigeria

Position: 06:18.9N - 003:17.4E


A product tanker was boarded by pirates while anchored in the Lagos STS Anchorage, Nigeria. The incident occurred during the early morning hours of March the 30th. At approximately 03:10 UTC, the duty watchkeeper onboard the vessel noticed suspicious individuals near the ship's cargo tank and several more near the guard rails. He proceeded to raise the alarm, at which point, the pirates escaped without stealing anything.

The Nigerian Navy patrol boat operating in the area was promptly notified, and they proceeded to conduct a search of the waters around the tanker. 



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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 Piracy , Security , Gulf of Guinea , Nigeria , Africa

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