Posted on January 06, 2020 by Ilias Kiritsis

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after 3 crewmen got kidnapped while their vessel was transiting through Nigerian territorial waters. 

Maritime Piracy Report - Kidnapping, Ramos, Nigeria - January 2nd 2019


Category: Aggravated Kidnapping

Date: 2nd of January

Location: Nigeria, Gulf of Guinea

Position: 05 07.8N 005 20.4E

A Hopper Dredger was the victim of a pirate attack during the evening hours of January the 2nd while transiting through Nigeria.

The incident occurred at approximately 2300 hours, near the mouth of the river Ramos. A number of pirates managed to board the Nigerian-flagged dredger, AMBIKA, kidnapping three crew members in the process.

A Nigerian Navy troop team was sent to repel the attack, and in the ensuing firefight four of the six Nigerian Navy personnel were killed.

The pirates then proceeded to escape, along with the kidnapped crew members which included two Russian and one Indian national, leaving five crew members remaining on the vessel.

Reportedly, the Nigerian Navy is engaged in ongoing efforts to ensure the rescue of the kidnapped seafarers.


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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 Security , Piracy , Nigeria , Kidnapping

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