Posted on July 23, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after a vessel was attacked while transiting off the coast of Sierra Leone. 

Maritime Piracy - Sierra Leone Attack - June 21st 2019

Category: Boarding/Attack

Date: 21st of July

Location: Freetown, Sierra Leone

Position: 0828N – 01328W 


A merchant vessel was attacked during the early morning hours of July the 21st while transiting off the coast of Sierra Leone. The incident occurred at approximately 02:40 am UTC, some 15 miles west of the capital city of Freetown. 5 pirates armed with knives approached and boarded the vessel.

No further information is known at this time. 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 , Sierra Leone , Attack , Africa

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