Posted on March 06, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates robbed a vessel transiting through the Straights of Malacca.

Category: Robbery

Date: 5th of March

Location: Straits of Malacca

Position: 01:12.08N - 103:34.62E


A vessel was successfully robbed by pirates while transiting through the Straits of Malacca & Singapore. The robbery took place at approximately 03:10 UTC, during the early morning hours of March the 5th. 

Whilst underway, the crew of vessel spotted 11 individuals attempting to board from two small crafts. The vessel had been carrying scrap iron, bound for Penang Malaysia. At approximately 03:45 am, the Master of the vessel reported that the 11 individuals escaped in small crafts, having stolen scrap iron from the vessel.

No confrontation with the crew occurred. Crew & vessel are 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 , Robbery , Security , Straights of Malacca , Asia

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