Posted on September 12, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after a vessel was robbed while transiting near Johor, Malaysia.


Category: Boarding/Robbery

Date: 8th of September

Location: Bandar Penawar, Johor, Malaysia

Position: 01:34.6N – 104:30.9E


The UK-flagged tankship, British Contributor was boarded during the early morning hours of August the 8th while anchored off the coast of Malaysia. The incident occurred at approximately 09:08 am UTC, some 15 nautical miles east of Bandar Penawar, Johor. Three persons boarded the tanker via the vessel's anchor cable. They proceeded to steal the forward liferaft and ship's properties & stores before escaping.

The theft was noticed later via the ship's CCTV recording.

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 , Robbery , Boarding , Malaysia , South East Asia

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