Posted on December 13, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Weekly Maritime Piracy Security Report -  7th to the 13th of December

Weekly Maritime Piracy Report - December 13th 2019


1st Incident


Category: Attempted Boarding

Date: 6th of December

Location: Pulau Sambu, Indonesia

Position: 1° 10.95’ N, 103° 56.63’ E


Pirates attempted to board the Singapore-flagged Tug, BW Loyalty during the early morning hours of December the 6th. The incident occurred at approximately 0210 hours, off the coast of Pulau Sambu, Indonesia. 

The vessel had been underway when a suspicious boat with five to seven individuals approached it from the side. One of the pirates attempted to secure a rope at the ship's port side but failed due to the adverse weather conditions present in the area. The duty officer onboard the vessel sounded the general alarm and the boat aborted the boarding attempt and proceeded to flee the scene.

Vessel & crew are considered safe.


2nd Incident


Category: Attempted Robbery

Date: 6th of December

Location: Strait of Singapore, Indonesia

Position: 1° 10.59’ N, 103° 50.6’ E


Pirates attempted to rob the cargo of a barge being towed by the Singapore-flagged Tug, Kim Hock Tug 8 during the morning hours of December the 6th while the vessel was transiting through the Strait of Singapore. The incident occurred at approximately 1132 hours, while the vessel was travelling through the Eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme of the Strait of Singapore.

The tug was mid-transit when 10 to 15 small boats came alongside the barge and boarded it, in order to attempt and steal the metal scrap cargo onboard the vessel. Thankfully, a 2nd Tug that had been operating in the area, the Singapore-flagged Kim Hock Virgo, approached the barge and managed to drive away the smaller boats. 

Nothing was reported as stolen. Crew & vessel 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.

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