Posted on April 26, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after a vessel got boarded off the coast of Indonesia. 

Category: Boarding/Attempted Robbery

Date: 23rd of April

Location: Nipa Island, Indonesia

Position: 1°11'26 N – 103°34'8 E


A Cyprus flagged tug boat towing a backhoe dredger was boarded by two individuals during the early morning hours of April the 23rd. The attack occurred at approximately 05:10 LT, some 5 nautical miles northwest of Nipa Island, Indonesia. 

Two wooden boats were initially sighted next to the backhoe dredger. The Master of the tug shone a light at the vessel, and the two robbers who had boarded the ship proceeded to escape via the wooden boats. 

Crew & vessel are safe and nothing was reported stolen.

The tug pilot reported the incident to Singapore's VTIS who initiated the safety navigational broadcast and notified the local maritime authorities 


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 , Indonesia , Asia , Robbery , Boarding

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