Posted on December 12, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after an attempted boarding occurred off the coast of Pulau Sambu, Indonesia. 

Maritime Piracy Report - Pulau Sambu, Indonesia - Attempted Boarding - December 6th 2019


Category: Attempted Boarding

Date: 6th of December

Location: Pulau Sambu, Indonesia

Position: 1° 10.95’ N, 103° 56.63’ E


Pirates attempted to board the Singapore-flagged Tug, BW Loyalty during the early morning hours of December the 6th. The incident occurred at approximately 0210 hours, off the coast of Pulau Sambu, Indonesia. 

The vessel had been underway when a suspicious boat with five to seven individuals approached it from the side. One of the pirates attempted to secure a rope at the ship's port side but failed due to the adverse weather conditions present in the area. The duty officer onboard the vessel sounded the general alarm and the boat aborted the boarding attempt and proceeded to flee the scene.

Vessel & crew are considered safe.


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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 Attempted Boarding , South East Asia , Indonesia , Piracy , Security

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