Posted on October 04, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after a vessel was boarded while transiting through the Strait of Malacca.

Maritime Piracy - Malacca Strait - September 30th 2019 - Boarding, Attempted Robbery


Category: Boarding/Attempted Robbery

Date: 30th of September

Location: Malacca Strait 

Position: 01 03 49.8N, 103 41 12.0E


The Maltese-flagged Cargo Ship, TRANSPACIFIC, got boarded during the evening hours of September the 30th while transiting through the Strait of Malacca. The incident occurred at approximately 11:15 in the evening. 

Five individuals armed with knives were seen in the upper deck of the vessel. The alarm was subsequently raised and the crew proceeded to search the accommodation area, but the perpetrators had already escaped. 

The Master proceeded to report the incident to the Singapore Vessel Traffic Information System (VTIS). The vessel had sailed off from Singapore on October the 1st and is bound for Pyeongtaek, South Korea. It is expected to arrive there on October the 9th.

Vessel & crew are considered safe. 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

Posted in Security , Piracy , Robbery , Malacca Strait , South East Asia

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