Posted on May 29, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

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

Malaysia Robbery - Maritime Piracy - May 2019


Category: Boarding/Robbery

Date: 18th of May

Location: Tanjung Piai, Malaysia.

Position: 01:13.00N – 103:34.50E


A barge was attacked in the morning of May the 18th while transiting off the coast of Malaysia. The attack occurred at approximately 08:00 am UTC, some 3.4 nautical miles southeast of Tanjung Piai, Johor. Five wooden boats approached the barge, that was being towed by a tug at the time.

They proceeded to board the vessel, and having stolen supplies from the ship, escaped. The Master of the tug contacted the local maritime authorities and reported the incident. Vessel & crew are considered safe. 


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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.

Posted in Security , Malaysia , Asia , Piracy , Robbery

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