Posted on December 17, 2018 by Ilias Kiritsis

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution, after pirates successfully attacked and boarded a vessel sailing through the Gulf of Guinea. 

Category: Attack/Boarding/Theft

Date: 4th of December

Location: Nigeria

Position:  3°8'0 N 6°20'0 E


Nine pirates in a speedboat chased and successfully boarded, a Vanuatu-flagged offshore service vessel at approximately 18:00 UTC on the 4th of December, 71 nautical miles south of Brass Nigeria.

All of the crew managed to muster in the Citadel while the Nigerian Navy sent a patrol vessel to intercept the pirates. As soon as the navy vessel arrived, it opened fire on the pirates, who managed to escape with the stolen personal belongings of the crew.

Vessel and crew are reported safe as of Dec 5th, 00:45 UTC and have proceeded to the Brass Oil Terminal.



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.

For more information contact the ARX team on +44 1313170048 or at


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