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World Great Britain: an oil tanker victim of a hacking attempt in the south of England

08:25  26 october  2020
08:25  26 october  2020 Source:   pressfrom.com

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British police on Sunday declared a major incident after reports of the attempted hijacking of a ship in the English Channel. The incident off the Isle of Wight reportedly took place aboard the Libyan-registered Nave Andromeda crude oil tanker south of Sandown, according to Isle of Wight Radio.

British police on Sunday declared a major incident after reports of the attempted hijacking of a ship in the English Channel. The incident, off the Isle of Wight, reportedly took place aboard the Libyan-registered Nave Andromeda crude oil tanker south of Sandown, according to Isle of Wight Radio.

Grande-Bretagne : un pétrolier victime d'une tentative de piratage au sud de l'Angleterre © Puneet Vikram Singh, Nature and Concept photographer / Getty Images Great Britain: an oil tanker victim of a hacking attempt in the south from England Seven stowaways were arrested while on board the ship and threatened the crew who earlier in the day had referred to "verbal threats".

The army had to intervene. Seven suspects were arrested Sunday evening October 25 during an operation by the British armed forces to take control of an oil tanker in the south of England whose crew had been threatened by stowaways on board. This intervention brought an end to an crisis situation that had started about ten hours previously off the Isle of Wight. "In response to a request from the police, the Minister of Defense and the Minister of the Interior authorized members of the armed forces to board a ship in the English Channel to ensure the safety of lives and a ship that was the subject of suspected piracy, "the Defense Ministry tweeted.

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Reports have claimed there was a hijacking attempt by stowaway passengers. Identified in the British media as a Liberian-registered crude oil tanker , the Nave Andromeda left the Nigerian port of Lagos earlier this month and was expected to dock in Southampton on Sunday morning.

A British Special Forces unit has boarded a Greek-operated oil tanker off the coast of the Isle of Wight in the English Channel Armed forces personnel “have gained control of the ship,” the UK Defense Ministry confirmed late on Sunday, adding that “seven individuals” were detained in the operation.

"The armed forces took control of the boat and seven people were arrested", according to the same source. The 22 crew members are "safe and sound," Hampshire Police said in a statement, saying the investigation was continuing to establish the full circumstances of the incident. According to the police, the police were alerted around 10:00 a.m. (GMT) Sunday morning of the worrying situation of the crew of the tanker Nave Andromeda, which was off the Isle of Wight (southern England ).

Courage of staff

Stowaways were on board the ship and threatened the crew, according to the same source, who earlier in the day had referred to "verbal threats". Departing from Lagos,

the economic capital of Nigeria , the ship was on its way to Southampton. An exclusion zone around the ship had been established since Sunday morning for security reasons. According to Defense Minister Ben Wallace, the operation was carried out "under a dark sky and deteriorating weather". The Minister praised the courage of the personnel who intervened. “People are safe tonight because of their efforts,” he tweeted.

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The crude oil tanker , the Liberian-registered Nave Andromeda, is thought to have stowaways on board and was due to dock in Southampton earlier. Please include a contact number if you are willing to speak to a BBC journalist. You can also get in touch in the following ways

Photographs released of oil tanker 'Nave Andromeda' believed to be involved in ongoing incident off the southern coast of England . Video credit: HUW GIBBY.

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The Minister of the Interior Priti Patel for her part praised the "rapid and decisive action of our police and our armed forces who were able to regain control of the situation, guaranteeing the safety of all those on board ". Law firm Tatham & Co, representing the owners of the vessel, assured the BBC "100%" that it was not an act of piracy. According to the BBC, citing a source close to the shipping company, the stowaways, whose presence on board had been known for a while, became violent towards the crew, who locked themselves in a secure part of the ship to take cover.

Comparable incident

The coast guard, who mobilized two helicopters, lent a hand to the police, said a spokesperson. Local Isle of Wight Radio initially reported on a possible

piracy attempt on board the 228-meter Liberia-registered vessel carrying 42,000 tonnes of crude oil.

>> To read also - Energy, a sensitive sector under the threat of computer hackers The United Kingdom had already been confronted recently with a comparable incident. In December 2018, four stowaways were arrested on a container ship from Nigeria after threatening the crew with iron bars. The police intervened to put an end to a blocking situation where the boat had made circles in the water for 14 hours in the Thames estuary.

UK police given more time to hold tanker 'hijack' seven .
British police said Tuesday they had been given more time to question seven Nigerian men whose discovery on board an oil tanker off southern England sparked a special forces raid. Hampshire Police said magistrates had granted an extension to hold the group for further questioning on suspicion they attempted to hijack the Nave Andromeda. The seven were arrested on suspicion of "seizing or exercising control of a ship by use of threats or force"Hampshire Police said magistrates had granted an extension to hold the group for further questioning on suspicion they attempted to hijack the Nave Andromeda.

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