Posted on October 02, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after a vessel was boarded while transiting through the Singapore Straits. 

Maritime Piracy - Boarding, Attempted Robbery - September 30th 2019 - Singapore Straits, Indonesia


Category: Boarding/Attempted Robbery

Date: 30th of September

Location: Singapore Straits, Pulau Cula, Indonesia

Position: 01:02.7N – 103:39.0E


A bulk carrier was boarded during the afternoon of September the 30th, while transiting through the Singapore Straits. The incident occured at approximately 15:15 UTC, some 3.7 nautical miles West of Pulau Cula, Indonesia. The deck crew on routine rounds noticed five individuals on the aft deck. The crew proceeded to raise the alarm, activate the Ship Security Alert System and make a PA announcement. As a result, the would-be robbers fled without stealing anything.

The incident was then reported to the local Coast Guard. A Coast Guard vessel then approached the ship and escorted it to Singapore, where they conducted a full search of the ship, to ensure that the boarding party had left.

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 , Indonesia , South East Asia , Robbery , Boarding

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