Swiss tanker seized by Nigerian Navy in strange circumstances
The Nigerian Navy said in a statement issued on Mar 9, that they arrested product tanker SAN PADRE PIO with 16 all-Ukrainian crew and some 5000 tons of oul product on board for unauthorized entry into Nigeria waters, and illegal fuel trading. The ship was seized on Jan 23 and is presently anchored on Bonny anchorage, why did it take Nigerian Navy so long, to make an announcement, is unclear.
The Captain of tanker, Mr. Andriy Vaskov, claimed that the vessel had clearance from the Nigerian Navy to ship the product to Nigeria. Vaskov named Blue Sea Marine Company as its Nigerian partners.
He said that they lifted the product from Lome in Togo and attempted to discharge the product at Odudu oil fields to its Nigerian partners before their arrest. ““This is about the fifth time that we have transported petroleum product to the country,” he confessed” – well, he claimed his innocence, but nevertheless, “he confessed”.
As everything related to Nigerian waters and maritime safety and security, these news are curious and not exactly trustworthy, to say the least. What really happened in there, why tanker was seized after transporting fuel shipments to Nigeria for some time, is a mystery. The main mystery is, why foreign shipowners, risking their crews, still do any business in Nigeria at all?
IMRRA, FleetMon’s official Vessel Risk Rating Partner, risk assessed this vessel as having a ‘green’ risk rating, with a specific risk rating of 34% (06-OCT-17), compared to the fleet average 34.8%. New risk assessment reports can be purchased via FleetMon.
Red: Poorest performing; Amber: Average value; Green: Good indicator.