December 8, 2022



No drop of crude oil stolen by MT Heroic Idun – Navy

The Nigerian Navy has mentioned that the suspected rogue vessel, MT Heroic Idun, which veered into Nigerian waters with the intention to load oil illegally couldn’t achieve this earlier than it was accosted by Nigerian Navy Ship, Gongola on the Akpo Oilfield Terminal.

Talking at a media briefing in Abuja weekend, the Chief of the Naval Employees, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo, mentioned the vessel solely spent 12 hours on the Nigerian waters and barely 20 minutes on the oilfield.

Gambo, who was represented by the Chief of Coverage and Plans (CPP), Rear Admiral Saidu Garba, reiterated that there was no piracy assault on Nigeria waters within the final one 12 months, affirming that the vessel had not commenced loading on the mentioned oil area earlier than the Navy Ship Gongola accosted it for interrogation and ordered it to Bonny Anchorage.

“On August 7, 2022, it was noticed {that a} very massive crude oil provider MT Heroic Idun entered the Nigerian maritime surroundings and headed for Akpo area with none type of authorisation or clearance. MT Heroic Idun (IMO: 9858058) is registered in Marshall Island with an general size of 336 metres and capability of three million barrels.

“The vessel arrived Akpo area midnight of August 7, 2022 with apparent intention of lifting crude oil inside the area. This was, nevertheless, noticed by the Nigerian Navy Maritime Area Consciousness facility which probed the legitimacy of the very massive crude provider’s presence within the whole SA operated by Akpo area.

“The result of all related enquiries from controlling company, NNPC Ltd, revealed that the vessel was not cleared to be in Akpo oil area,” he mentioned.

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He mentioned Nigeria misplaced nothing to the vessel, as NNS Gongola was deployed on August 8, 2022 and interrogated MT Heroic Idun, asking important questions together with mission and approval standing.

“The Captain of the vessel duly responded to the questions and additional acknowledged that the MT Heroic Idun was with out related clearance to function within the area.

“Accordingly, the vessel was consistent with regular process, ordered to show round and observe NNS Gongola to Bonny anchorage pending when she might be cleared for loading by NNPC Ltd.

“Nonetheless, the Captain after contacting the grasp/delivery agent refused to cooperate with NNS Gongola and acknowledged that she had been informed to not take directives from the Nigerian Navy Ship,” the Naval Chief mentioned.

He famous that the defiance to constituted authority by the Captain of the vessel necessitated the Navy to invoke the collaboration of neighbouring Equatorial Guinea by means of the Yaounde structure to arrest the vessel.

“I have to state that the Nigerian Navy surveillance facility was used to trace and always replace the Equatorial Guinea Navy on the placement of the rogue vessel,” he mentioned.

The CNS mentioned the vessel was arrested on August 12, 2022.

“Whereas inside Akpo oil area, MT Heroic Idun approached the one Buoy Mooring between 1143 and 1208 at gradual pace of about 3Kn, suggesting chance of commencing mooring operations however later aborted that motive and retreated exterior the sector.

“Clearly, she had not commenced taking merchandise from the oilfield as being falsely alleged in some quarters,” he additional defined.

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The naval boss defined additional that it was not a criminal offense for vessels to return into Nigerian waters forward of time with out clearance pending identical from authorities.

“It’s worthy to notice that it has been the Nigerian Navy’s modus operandi to watch crude oil tankers that strategy loading terminals with out vital clearance and impact arrest till the related company approves their respectable operation with a view to avert crude oil losses adduced to theft,” he mentioned.