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BREAKING: Rare, attempted hijacking of an oil tanker off the coast of England

File Photo: Crude oil tanker Nave Andromeda Credit: Fleetmon

PortandTerminal.com, October 25, 2020

It’s understood that an exclusion zone of three miles is currently in place around the vessel. 

SOUTHHAMPTON, ENGLAND – Rarely do we report on vessel hijackings off the coast of England. Police are dealing with what’s being called an ‘ongoing incident’ on board a crude oil tanker off the coast of the Isle of Wight in England

The attempted hijacking took place off the coast of the Isle of Wight off of England’s southern coast.

Local media are reporting there has been an attempted hijacking of a crude oil tanker. It’s being reported that there are a small number of stowaways on board the Nave Andromeda.

A spokesperson for Hampshire Constabulary said:’We are aware and dealing with an ongoing incident on board a vessel which is situated south of the Isle of Wight.’

The coastguard helicopter left Gosport earlier and has been seen circling above the vessel. The ship was supposed to dock in Southampton this morning, but was refused entry and gave out a mayday signal at around 9 am, according to Isle of Wight Radio.

The Crude Oil Tanker is 748 feet long and is carrying 42,000 tonnes of crude oil. It left Nigeria last week and was heading for Southampton, according to marinetraffic.com.

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