Posted on September 27, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Weekly Maritime Piracy Security Report -  14th to the 20th of September

Maritime Piracy - Weekly Maritime Piracy Report - September 27th


1st Incident


Category: Boarding/Robbery

Date: 22nd of September

Location: Isla Escalante, Ecuador

Position: 02:32.44S – 080:05.72W

A Containership was hijacked during the early morning hours of September the 22nd while transiting off the coast of Ecuador. The incident occurred at approximately 01:00 am UTC, some 4.5 nautical miles West to Southwest of Isla Escalante.

The Officer on Watch tried to contact two duty crew members on the radio but kept getting no answer. After an initial investigation, it was revealed that the two crew members had been attacked and tied up. They confirmed that seven individuals armed with shotguns had boarded the vessel, taken them hostage and stolen their personal belongings and radios before escaping the ship.

The containership then continued towards Posorja where the local coast guard and anti-narcotics police force boarded the vessel and conducted a search.

After they received clearance by the local authorities, they continued along with their transit. 

Vessel & crew are considered safe.


2nd Incident


Category: Attack

Date: 23rd of September

Location: Mabini Anchorage, Philippines

Position: 13:46N– 120:59E


An anchored product tanker was the target of an attempted boarding during the afternoon hours of September the 23rd. The incident occurred at approximately 17:00 UTC while the tanker was anchored at Mabini Anchorage, Philippines. 

The duty crew onboard the vessel noticed an individual attempting to open the anchor hawse pipe cover. The duty crew then proceeded to raise the alarm, at which point the crew mustered. 

The incident was then reported to the local agent. Vessel & crew are considered safe. 


3rd Incident


Category: Attack

Date: 23rd of September

Location: Lagos Secure Anchorage Area, Nigeria

Position: 06:17.7N – 003:14.1E


The Singapore-flagged Tankship, GRACE VICTORIA was boarded during the early morning hours of September the 23rd while at the Lagos Secure Anchorage Area in Nigeria. The attack took place at approximately 03:15 in the morning. 

The Duty Watchmen on patrol noticed two individuals near the forward cargo tanks and proceeded to raise the alarm. One of the two individuals shouted at the seafarer and proceeded to make a threatening gesture. 

However, the alarm was raised, and the Nigerian Navy Patrol boat responded to the call. They proceeded to search the waters around the tanker. 

An initial investigation revealed that a section of the razor wire had been cut and that the vapour locks of the forward cargo tanks had been opened.


4th Incident


Category: Attack/Kidnapping

Date: 23rd of September

Location: Lahad Datu, Sabah, Malaysia


A Malaysian fishing vessel was attacked by pirates during the afternoon hours of September the 23rd. At approximately 12:00 pm, seven men wearing masks attacked the vessel, kidnapping three of its crew members in the process. 

According to the initial reports, they were carrying a number of high-powered firearms such as M16s and pistols, as well as an RPG. 

They are believed to belong to the Kidnap for Ransom Group (KFRG); a Sulu-based offshoot of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) that is responsible for a number of terrorist acts in South East Asia. 

The fishing vessel was operating in the waters off Tambisan Island, Lahad Datu, Sabah, Malaysia at the time of the attack. 

The attackers are believed to have fled towards Tawi-Tawi Island, Philippines, following the kidnapping. 

In response to the kidnapping, both Malaysian and Philippine authorities are increasing their maritime patrols and intensifying their military operations, in an effort to rescue the kidnapped crew members and effectively neutralize the terrorist group. 

This attack is somewhat unprecedented in the area, as most kidnappings usually occur under cover of darkness. This was the first such incident to happen in broad daylight. 


5th Incident


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. 

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.

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