NIGERIAN NAVY SHIP, NNS BURUTU P174, ARRESTS ILLEGAL BUNKERING VESSEL ‘MT VIE LAND’ WITH 1,300 METRIC TONS(7,381 BARRELS) OF DIESEL; 10-MAN CREW APPREHENDED

NNS Burutu P174, a 38 metre Suncraft Sea Eagle Offshore Patrol Craft

NNS Burutu P174, a 38 metre Suncraft Sea Eagle Offshore Patrol Craft

NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA
May 7, 2013

The Nigerian Navy Ship, NNS Pathfinder says it has impounded a vessel, MT Vie Land, suspected to be carrying stolen crude oil.

Capt. Chukwuemeka Okafor, the Commanding Officer, Nigerian Navy Forward Operating Base, Bonny, said in Port Harcourt on Tuesday that the vessel (MT Vie Land) was intercepted in Bonny, Rivers. He said the impounded vessel had 10 crew men, all Nigerians, on board.

“What you are seeing is a vessel that has just been arrested on Friday, May 3, 2013. “It was arrested by Nigerian Navy Ship, Burutu, while she was on routine patrol around Bonny Fair Way Buoy; she intercepted this vessel and accosted her. “She (MT Vie Land) could not give any explanation as to the product she was carrying and so she (Burutu)had to bring her down here and handed the vessel over to NNS FOB (Forward Operating Base) Bonny.’’

Okafor said preliminary investigation showed that the impounded vessel was carrying 1,300 tonnes of stolen crude. The commanding officer said the vessel would be handed over to the appropriate authority for further investigation and possible prosecution. He also said the Nigerian Navy was well-equipped now to fight illegal oil bunkering.

He said: “The Federal Government is determined to put a stop to acts of illegality in the maritime environment and the Nigerian Navy is fully out to accomplish that. “We are better equipped now; we are better motivated and we have layers of patrols that they cannot escape. “They escape one layer, they will be caught in the next layer.’’ Okafor said patrols had been intensified such that vessels carrying stolen crude might find it difficult to evade interception.

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One Response to NIGERIAN NAVY SHIP, NNS BURUTU P174, ARRESTS ILLEGAL BUNKERING VESSEL ‘MT VIE LAND’ WITH 1,300 METRIC TONS(7,381 BARRELS) OF DIESEL; 10-MAN CREW APPREHENDED

  1. Yagazie says:

    FANTASTIC NEWS. Give our Navy the tools and they will do the job. KUDOS and more grease to your elbows Nigerian Navy.

    The Federal Govt on its part should continue to ensure that our Navy is well funded and well equipped with the relevant platforms (etc – comprehenive costal radar systems, well equipped Naval Bases and FOBs, frigates, corvettes, ocean patrol vessels/craft, helicopters, fixed wing aircraft, Naval Air Stations, shipborne helicopter landing platorms, submarines, on-going training and adequate welfare packages for naval personnel etc ) to enable it perform it’s statutory duties/responsibilities.

    ONWARD TOGETHER!!.

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