Posted on September 26, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after a vessel was robbed while at the Lagos Secure Anchorage Area, Nigeria.

 Maritime Piracy - Secure Anchorage Lagos - Robbery - 23rd of September 2019

Category: Attack

Date: 23rd of September

Location: Lagos Secure Anchorage Area, Nigeria

Position: 06:17.7N – 003:14.1E


The Singapore-flagged Tankship, GRACE VICTORIA was boarded during the early morning hours of September the 23rd while at the Lagos Secure Anchorage Area in Nigeria. The attack took place at approximately 03:15 in the morning. 

The Duty Watchmen on patrol noticed two individuals near the forward cargo tanks and proceeded to raise the alarm. One of the two individuals shouted at the seafarer and proceeded to make a threatening gesture. 

However, the alarm was raised, and the Nigerian Navy Patrol boat responded to the call. They proceeded to search the waters around the tanker. 

An initial investigation revealed that a section of the razor wire had been cut and that the vapour locks of the forward cargo tanks had been opened.

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 Robbery , Boarding , Nigeria , Gulf of Guinea , Piracy , Security , Africa , West Africa

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