Posted on February 27, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates attacked a vessel transiting through the Gulf of Guinea.

Category: Attack

Date: 21st of February

Location: Gulf of Guinea, Nigeria

Position: 02:59.5N – 005:56.6E


Supply vessel, IPL Rabiat was attacked by pirates while transiting through the Gulf of Guinea. The attack took place at approximately 00:16 UTC on the 21st of February, some 80 nautical miles southeast Bayelsa, Nigeria. Around four to six armed pirates in a speed boat chased and fired upon a container vessel transiting through the area. The alarm was raised and all non-essential crew proceeded to muster in the citadel. Thankfully, due to the evasive manoeuvres, they avoided being boarded.

Nigerian Navy was notified of the incident. Vessel and 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 , Nigeria , Gulf of Guinea , Security

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