Posted on April 23, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates kidnapped the crew of a vessel anchored at Bonny River's Inner Anchorage.

Category: Boarding/Kidnapping

Date: 20th of April

Location: Bonny River Inner Anchorage, Nigeria

Position: 04:28N – 007:10E

During the early morning hours of April 20th, Pirates boarded the Palau-flagged Oil Product Tanker, Apecus that had been anchored at Bonny River's Inner Anchorage. At approximately 01:00 am LT, the Pirates boarded the vessel and managed to successfully kidnap several crew members from the ship. According to initial reports, the kidnapped crew members are all Indian nationals. 

This is the 2nd such attack to take place within the anchorage in the space of a week, showcasing the fact that pirates might be escalating their activities in the area. 


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 Piracy , Security , Kidnapping , Nigeria , Gulf of Guinea , Africa

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