Posted on September 16, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after a vessel encountered suspicious activity off Lagos Anchorage, Nigeria.

Lagos Anchorage, Nigeria - Maritime Piracy - September 7th 2019

Category: Suspicious/Irregular Activity

Date: 7th of September

Location: Lagos Anchorage, Nigeria

Position: 03°44'48N / 002°26'25E


A merchant vessel came across some irregular activity during the evening hours of September the 7th while anchored off Lagos Anchorage, Nigeria. At approximately 17:20 UTC, the vessel received instructions that they are to await cargo surveyors, who will be boarding the vessel in order to conduct an assesment. 

Following the message, a small vessel arrived next to the merchant vessel, carrying a group of individuals claiming to be the surveyors. The crew checked their ID, found that their documents had been falsified, and denied access to the party. Soon after the incident, the authorized surveyor arrived. 

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 Security , Piracy , Nigeria , Irregular Activity , Suspicious Activity

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