Posted on September 27, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates robbed a vessel anchored off the coast of Johor, Malaysia.

Johor, Malaysia - Maritime Piracy - September 25th 2019 - Robbery

Category: Boarding/Robbery

Date: 25th of September

Location: Bandar Penawar, Johor, Malaysia

Position: 01:34N – 104:31E


An anchored tanker vessel was robbed in the evening of September the 25th while anchored off Johor Malaysia. The incident occurred at approximately 20:15 UTC, some 16 nautical miles east of Bandar Penawar. 

The pirates managed to board the vessel via the anchor chain, steal the ship's equipment from the forward store and escape unnoticed. 

Upon discovery, the incident was reported to the regional authorities. 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 , Piracy , Robbery , Malaysia , South East Asia

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