Posted on February 01, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Weekly Piracy Security Report - January the 26th to February 1st

1st Incident


Category: Attack

Date: 25th of January

Location: Nigeria

Position: 03°02’N 006°05’E


A third merchant vessel was attacked by pirates while transiting through the Gulf of Guinea. The incident took place some  80 nautical miles south of the Brass oil Terminal in Nigeria, at approximately 15:35 UTC in the afternoon of January the 25th. 2 Skiffs came alongside the merchant vessel, each with 7-8 POB, and attempted to board. The MV increased speed and the skiffs turned away.

Vessel and crew are considered safe.

Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution when transiting through this area. 




2nd Incident


Category: Boarding/Robbery

Date: 19th of January

Location: Abidjan Anchorage, Ivory Coast

Position: 05:12.4N – 004:02.8W


A merchant vessel was robbed by pirates while anchored at Abidjan Anchorage, Ivory Coast. The robbery occurred at approximately 22:40 UTC, in the evening of January the 19th. Two pirates armed with long knives boarded an anchored product tanker. During routine rounds, a Duty OS noticed a ladder hooked to the ship's rail and two robbers near the poop deck winch.

Crew member notified the officer on watch, who proceeded to raise the alarm. The master then directed the searchlight towards the poop deck, at which point the robbers escaped, having successfully robbed the ship's stores.

Vessel and crew are considered safe. 




3rd Incident


Category: Boarding/Attempted Robbery

Date: 29th of January

Location: Jingtang Anchorage, China

Position: 38:52.8N – 119:11.8E


Pirates attempted to rob an ore carrier anchored at China's Jingtang Anchorage, at approximately 16:55 UTC, in the afternoon of January the 29th.

Duty crew onboard the vessel noticed an unlit barge alongside the ship and proceeded to raise the alarm.

Two pirates wearing masks were seen lowering hoses and escaping from the quarter deck. Upon further investigation of the ship, oil stains were discovered near the MDO tank sounding pipe. Upon sounding the tanks, the crew confirmed nothing was stolen.

VTS was informed. Vessel and 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.

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