PortandTerminal.com, February 10, 2021
DORSET, ENGLAND – Seven stowaways attempted to hijack a ship and sparked a 16-hour siege that ended in dramatic arrests in the English Channel.
The Albanian nationals were discovered on the Japanese Chise Bulker Tanker off the Isle of Portland, Dorset, at around midnight on February 9.
Riots erupted on board as the stowaways attempted to force their way onto the bridge.
Police were scrambled to the scene amid reports of injuries on the commercial vessel. They established no one was injured in the high-seas drama and the ship was eventually docked safely at Portland Port.
Dorset Police confirmed the seven stowaways were arrested earlier this morning.
The ship, owned by Orix Corp, had loaded at the Port of Rouen in France before making its way through the English Channel.
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