Switzerland to sue Nigeria for violating Law of Sea by hijacking Swiss tanker

Switzerland is considering an option of suing Nigeria in International Court of the Law of the Sea for gross violation of that law, by keeping in detention Swiss-flagged tanker SAN PADRE PIO for already more, than a year. Tanker was seized on Jan 23 last year by Nigerian Navy for allegedly, illegal entry and illegal fuel trade. Everything Nigerian Navy or officials, or whoever is in power there, said or are saying, doesn’t stand fact-checking. Tanker was seized after transporting several fuel shipments to Nigeria, and of course, there was no “illegal” entry or fuel trade, tanker was working in accordance with contract between tanker operator and Nigerian company. Of 16 all-Ukrainian crew, 4 are still on board, and their living and working conditions are far from being comfortable, to say the least.
Why did Nigerian Navy seize tanker, in the first place, is a mystery. It may be the result of competing Nigerian firms war, or it may be a pure hijack-extortion case, or any other reason one may think.
Initial news:
Swiss tanker seized by Nigerian Navy in strange circumstances
March 10, 2018
https://www.fleetmon.com/maritime-news/2018/21725/swiss-tanker-seized-nigerian-navy-strange-circumst/

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.

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