OIL TANKER STORMED BY SBS WAS DENIED PORT ACCESS BY FRANCE AND SPAIN | AfriTV Online

An oil tanker that was stormed by special forces off the Isle of Wight after a suspected hijack attempt had been denied port access by France and Spain to disembark seven stowaways in the days leading up to the incident.   The men were detained when th...

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OIL TANKER STORMED BY SBS WAS DENIED PORT ACCESS BY FRANCE AND SPAIN

Published by: A. Odean
10/28/2020 01:38 PM
Nave Andromeda was refused permission to berth and disembark seven stowaways
Nave Andromeda was refused permission to berth and disembark seven stowaways

An oil tanker that was stormed by special forces off the Isle of Wight after a suspected hijack attempt had been denied port access by France and Spain to disembark seven stowaways in the days leading up to the incident.

 

The men were detained when the Special Boat Service (SBS) stormed the Liberian-registered tanker on Sunday after it was feared the crew was no longer fully in charge. But the Guardian understands French authorities had previously refused the Nave Andromeda permission to berth and disembark the stowaways while Spanish authorities denied the tanker access to Las Palmas port.

 

According to the shipping newspaper Lloyd’s List, vessel-tracking data shows the tanker sailed from Nigerian waters on 5 October and spent 24 hours off the French coast near Saint-Nazaire from 20 October, before sailing north. It then spent two days off the Spanish and Portuguese coasts before arriving in waters off the south coast of England on 25 October.

 

The International Maritime Organization guidelines on stowaways state that shipmasters are required to notify authorities of the existence of stowaways at the next port of call, as well as taking steps to establish their identity and where they embarked.

 

Shipmasters must also ensure the security, general health, welfare and safety of stowaways until disembarkation, as well as ensuring they are treated humanely.

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