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    Attempted hijacking of oil tanker reported off Isle of Wight | UK news | The Guardian

    Police and coastguard officers are dealing with reports of an attempted hijacking of a Liberian-registered tanker off the Isle of Wight.

    The vessel, the Nave Andromeda crude oil tanker, was said to have been forced to anchor south of Sandown.

    A Hampshire police spokesman said: “We are aware and dealing with an ongoing incident on board a vessel which is situated south of the Isle of Wight.”


    The Ministry of Defence denied it was involved in the incident or that any members of the Special Boat Service had been scrambled.

    Police and coastguard staff were handling the operation, the MoD said.

    A spokeswoman for Associated British Ports, which runs Southampton port, said it had not had any contact with the vessel and had no further comment.

    It is understood that the 228-metre tanker had been expected to dock in Southampton at 10.30am on Sunday.

    Two coastguard helicopters have been scrambled to the scene and were spotted circling the ship as it adopted an erratic, zig-zag course through the Channel. An exclusion zone was set up south of Sandown. The vessel was reported to have left Lagos, Nigeria earlier this month.

    An aerial photograph of the ship, shared on Twitter, showed it sitting high in the water.

    Unconfirmed reports suggested that a number of stowaways may have attempted to take control of the ship as it approached the UK.
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    When I worked for a Lloyd's insurance agency years ago we modelled something like this. Pre WTC we'd looked at a plane crashing into the twin towers but not both towers; next we looked at other 'similar' types of attacks and to us hijacking a tanker and sending it full speed into a port was feasible. So, not surprised this has happened, just surprised it's taken so long.

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    Turns out to be just some Nigerian stow-aways on the ship

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    Quote Originally Posted by ladymuck View Post
    You missed highlighting this important part -

    The 748ft-long (228m) ship left Lagos on 5 October, and was heading to Fawley Oil Refinery near Southampton.
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    And the stowaways got what they wanted, am I missing something here ?




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    Quote Originally Posted by GhostofTarbera View Post
    And the stowaways got what they wanted, am I missing something here ?
    I don't think part of their wishing to be in the UK was being detained under her majesty's pleasure. I suppose it's a case of being careful of what you wish for....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whorty View Post
    When I worked for a Lloyd's insurance agency years ago we modelled something like this. Pre WTC we'd looked at a plane crashing into the twin towers but not both towers; next we looked at other 'similar' types of attacks and to us hijacking a tanker and sending it full speed into a port was feasible. So, not surprised this has happened, just surprised it's taken so long.

    Will watch this story with interest.
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