Posted on April 03, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates successfully robbed a vessel anchored at Manila's South Anchorage, Philippines. 


Category: Boarding/Robbery

Date: 26th of March

Location: Manila South Anchorage, Philippines

Position: 14 33 18.0 N, 120 54 06.0 E


Pirates boarded and successfully robbed the Liberian-flagged Cargo Ship, TRF Kaya while the vessel was anchored at Manila's south Anchorage. The incident occurred during the morning of March 26th. At approximately 08:30 am, the pirates boarded the vessel and escaped with the ship's stores.

The theft was noticed later by a duty watchman during routine rounds. There was evidence that the razorwire installed around the hawse pipe had been removed. Footprints were found on deck, leading into the bosun's stores. 

The Captain proceeded to notify the local maritime authorities of the incident. The Philippines Coast Guard then boarded the vessel in order to conduct their own investigation.

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 , Robbery , Philippines , Asia , Security

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