7 stowaways, together with Nigerians on board a Liberian registered oil tanker heading for England have been detained, after a suspected hijacking off the coast of Isle of Wight.
This was introduced by the UK’s Ministry of Defence and several other British Information Media on Sunday night.
In response to a police request, the Defence Secretary and House Secretary authorised Armed Forces personnel to board a ship within the English Channel to safeguard life and safe a ship that was topic to suspected hijacking. (1/2)
— Ministry of Defence 🇬🇧 (@DefenceHQ) October 25, 2020
The Ministry of Defence stated: “In response to a police request, the Defence Secretary and House Secretary authorised Armed Forces personnel to board a ship within the English Channel to safeguard life and safe a ship that was topic to suspected hijacking.
“Armed forces have gained management of the ship and 7 people have been detained. Police investigations will now proceed. Preliminary reviews verify the crew are secure and nicely.”
According to BBC, the ship, Nave Andromeda, was on its method to the Fawley oil refinery in Southampton from Lagos, Nigeria and left Nigeria on the fifth of October.
“In accordance with a supply near the delivery firm, the crew had been conscious of stowaways on board, however the stowaways grew to become violent in direction of the crew whereas it was off the Isle of Wight.
“The crew retreated to the ship’s citadel, a safe space wherein they will lock themselves, making it unattainable for attackers to get in.
“That is customary process throughout a terrorist or pirate assault, however there isn’t any suggestion the crew had been doing greater than defending themselves from the stowaways. The crew contacted the coastguard, which then alerted police.
“The lads, from Nigeria and Liberia, waved metallic poles and threw faeces and urine after being discovered hiding on the Grande Tema,” BBC stated.
The British Chairman of the Commons Defence Committee, Tobias Ellwood, stated the stowaways taking on the ship, or forcing the ship to not be in command might have triggered a ” multi-agency alarm” which induced protocols to be put into motion.