Posted on December 30, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates attacked a vessel transiting off the coast of Sao Tome.

Maritime Piracy - Sao Tome, Gulf of Guinea - Attack - 28th of December 2019


Category: Attack

Date: 30th of December

Location: Sao Tome & Principe, Gulf of Guinea

Position: 01°56 30N 004°53 37E


A Bulk Carrier was attacked by pirates during the early morning hours of December the 30th while transiting through the Gulf of Guinea. The attack occurred at approximately 0050 hours, some 143 nautical miles northwest of Sao Tome & Principe. According to initial reports, the bulk carrier is thought to be the Vietnam-flagged VINALINES MIGHTY. Reportedly, the vessel was boarded by 3 pirates while transiting from Douala and Greenville.

Vessel & crew are considered safe. 


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 , Sao Tome , Gulf of Guinea , West Africa , Attack

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