Posted on November 25, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates successfully carried out a kidnapping in the Gulf of Guinea.Maritime Piracy Report - Boarding, Gulf of Guinea - November 20th 2019

 

Category: Kidnapping

Date: 20th of November

Location: Gulf of Guinea

Position: 0345.56N- 00814.1E

 

The Singapore-flagged Offshore Supply Ship, PACIFIC WARDEN was the target of a pirate attack during the early morning hours of November the 20th. At approximately 04:20 am, pirates boarded the vessel and successfully kidnapped 7 of the 15 crew members aboard the ship. 

Some of the crew members managed to successfully hide inside the ship's compartments during the attack and avoid capture by the pirates but unfortunately, not all of the seafarers were as lucky. 

The crew of the offshore supply vessel includes South African, Cameroonian, Philippino and Serbian nationals.

Following the attack, the vessel moved to the island of Malabo, where she remains as of writing. 

Original story here. Image Courtesy of Marine Traffic. 

 

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.

Posted in Security , Piracy , Kidnapping , West Africa , Gulf of Guinea

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