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

The Nigerian Navy has said that the suspected rogue vessel, MT Heroic Idun, which veered into Nigerian waters with the intention to load oil illegally could not do so before it was accosted by Nigerian Navy Ship, Gongola at the Akpo Oilfield Terminal.

Speaking at a media briefing in Abuja weekend, the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo, said the vessel only spent 12 hours on the Nigerian waters and barely 20 minutes at the oilfield.

Gambo, who was represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans (CPP), Rear Admiral Saidu Garba, reiterated that there was no piracy attack on Nigeria waters in the last one year, affirming that the vessel had not commenced loading at the said oil field before the Navy Ship Gongola accosted it for interrogation and ordered it to Bonny Anchorage.

On August 7, 2022, it was observed that a very large crude oil carrier MT Heroic Idun entered the Nigerian maritime environment and headed for Akpo field without any form of authorisation or clearance. MT Heroic Idun (IMO: 9858058) is registered in Marshall Island with an overall length of 336 metres and capacity of three million barrels.

The vessel arrived Akpo field midnight of August 7, 2022 with obvious intention of lifting crude oil within the field. This was, however, spotted by the Nigerian Navy Maritime Domain Awareness facility which probed the legitimacy of the very large crude carriers presence in the total SA operated by Akpo field.

The outcome of all relevant enquiries from controlling ....

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