Posted on January 14, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after a vessel was attacked while anchored off Lagos, Nigeria.

Category: Attack

Date: 7th of January

Location: Lagos Secure Anchorage Area, Nigeria

Position: 06:15.7N – 003:12.8E


A group of 4-5 men in a small skiff approached an anchored product tanker at approximately 01:10 UTC, in the early morning hours of January the 7th. They proceeded to throw ropes attached to hooks onto the tanker’s railing.

Duty crew on routine rounds heard voices near the bow and proceeded to investigate. Upon noticing the hooks and the skiff, they raised the alarm. Non-essential crew members gathered in the citadel while the Master requested assistance from the Nigerian Navy.

A Nigerian Navy patrol boat immediately responded to the call. Hearing the alarm, the pirates fled the scene. The patrol boat then proceeded to search the waters around the vessel.


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

Posted in Piracy , Security , Nigeria , Lagos

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