Posted on March 22, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Weekly Piracy Security Report -  16th to 22nd of March


1st Incident


Category: Attempted Boarding

Date: 19th of March

Location: Callao Anchorage, Peru

Position: 12:01.66S – 077:12.03W


Four pirates wearing jackets and caps approached an anchored vehicle carrier in a small boat. Duty crew on routine rounds noticed the four individuals trying to board the ship via the anchor cable. They proceeded to raise the alarm, and sounded the ship's horn, while the crew directed flashlights towards the boarding party.

Realizing that the ship had been alerted to their presence, the pirates aborted the attempted boarding and proceeded to escape.

The crew notified Vessel Traffic Service Tramar as well as the local maritime authorities. A patrol boat was later dispatched to search the area surrounding the anchorage. 




2nd Incident


Category: Robbery/Attack

Date: 21st of March

Location: Jose Terminal Anchorage, Venezuela

Position: 10:11.2N – 064:47.4W


Three pirates armed with knives boarded a crude oil tanker anchored at Venezuela's Jose Terminal Anchorage. Duty crew on routine rounds spotted the robbers and promptly notified the Officer on watch. Noticing the alarm, the pirates proceeded to threaten him with a knife before stealing his radio. The alarm was raised throughout the ship and the crew mustered, which led to the pirates escaping alongside their accomplices that had been waiting in a nearby boat. 

The incident was reported to the local maritime authorities. 




3rd Incident


Category: Attack/Alleged Kidnapping

Date: 20th of March

Location: Nigeria, Gulf of Guinea

Position: 04°26N - 008°21E

In the early morning hours of March 20th, a RoRo vessel carrying passengers was attacked while transiting off the Coast of Nigeria. The attack took place some 30 nautical miles off the coast, in the Calabar region of Nigeria. At approximately 06:00 am UTC, the vessel was attacked by 7 pirates in a skiff, armed with AK-47s. 

They boarded the vessel and proceeded to rob both passengers and crewmembers. Allegedly, initial reports suggest that the pirates kidnapped 5 individuals before leaving the scene.

The vessel has since then berthed safely at the Shoreline Jetty in Calabar, as of 10:30 UTC. 



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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