Posted on August 20, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after a container ship was boarded in Vietnam.

Maritime Piracy - Vietnam - Attempted Robbery - August 11th 2019

Category: Boarding/Attempted Robbery

Date: 11th of August

Location: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Position: 10:44.3N – 106:46.2E


The Singapore-flagged Container Vessel, Kota Waris was boarded during the evening hours of August the 11th while berthed at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The incident occurred at approximately 19:30 UTC, while the vessel was in the Phuoc Long Mooring Buoy No. 03. Two individuals armed with knives boarded the ship and tried to break into the steering gear room. The Duty AB noticed the boarding party and notified the Duty Officer. The alarm was raised and the crew proceeded to muster.

Upon seeing the alerted crew, the boarders escaped. Nothing was reported as stolen. 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.

Posted in Security , Piracy , Attempted Robbery , Boarding , Vietnam , Southeast Asia

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