Posted on January 14, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

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

Category: Boarding/Robbery

Date: 7th of January

Location: Lagos STS Anchorage, Nigeria

Position: 06:16.3N - 003:20.1E


Two robbers with plastic hoses boarded an anchored tanker during STS operations at approximately 03:20 UTC, in the early morning hours of January the 7th. The robbers connected the hoses to the ullage ports of the forward cargo tanks and attempted to steal cargo.

Duty crew noticed the robbers and proceeded to raise the alarm. Having heard the alarm, the robbers quickly fled the scene. The incident was then reported to the Nigerian Navy patrol boat that responded to the call. 

The Navy vessel then proceeded to check the surrounding waters for signs of pirate activity. Nothing was reported as stolen. 


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 , Crime , Nigeria

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