Posted on December 13, 2018 by Ilias Kiritsis

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after a vessel was approached by several skiffs near the strait of Bab-El-Mandeb.

Category: Suspicious Approach

Date: 13th of December

Location: Bab-El-Mandeb

Position: 15708N 0450008E


On the 13th of December, at approximately 08:45 UTC, a Merchant Vessel traversing through the Bab-El-Mandeb strait was approached by a large number of fast-moving skiffs, each with 4-5 POB. The armed security team onboard fired warning shots.

Vessel and crew are considered safe.


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 News , Piracy , Bab El Mandeb , Security , Risk

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