Posted on April 03, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates boarded a vessel anchored at Batangas Anchorage Alpha, Philippines.
Date: 26th of March
Location: Batangas Anchorage Alpha, Philippines
Position: 13°44'N 121°00'E
Pirates boarded the Marshall Islands-flagged Tankship, Nakhal Silver while it was anchored at Batangas Anchorage Alpha, Phillippines on the 26th of March 2019. The perpetrator got on the vessel by climbing on the anchor chain, after having broken the padlock of the anchor-chain pipe securing arrangement.
A duty able seaman on watch noticed the activity and promptly notified the OOW (Officer on Watch). The general alarm was raised and the crew mustered. They proceeded to investigate the forecastle, but the would-be-robber jumped overboard and escaped.
The crew was not injured in the process. Vessel & crew are safe.
However, the ship's bell was stolen during the incident.
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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.