Posted on August 13, 2018 by Ashleigh Cowie

Vessels are advised to exercise extra caution if they're transiting near Malaysia after a tug boat came under attack this week.

A report has been released warning seafarers near Malaysia after pirates attempted to board a tug boat at 1000 UTC off Tambisan Island, NE of Sabah on Friday. 

The vessel was at position 5°29'3 N 119°9'31 E when 2 speedboats approached and the men on board tried to board the tug. The tug was towing a barge at the time. 

The vessel was fitted with hardening measures, which meant the crew were able to lock all access on to the deck. They then contacted local authorities who dispatched a security boat to assist. 

The pirates were unable to access the accommodation and retreated after seeing the security vessel approaching. 

The tug continued her voyage to the next port. The crew are reported to be safe.

ARX Maritime have developed a non-lethal defence system to stop pirates boarding your vessel. The ARX Anti-piracy barrier features in the BMP5 guidelines as a recommended measure to protect your vessel. The barrier is easy to install and is a cost-effective alternative to razor wire. It doesn't need to be taken off at ports, and can be installed by the crew on board. Designed to repel grappling hooks or ladders, and tested by the UK Special Forces, these barriers significantly increase the chance of your crew and vessel surviving an attack. 

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