Bunkery ship Has Been Arrested By the Nigerian Navy
the country loses an additional 600,000 barrels per day to a cartel that in-clude top officials of NNPC, DPR, Ministry of Petroleum, top Federal Government and security officials. This discovery was made over the weekend when a detachment of the Nigerian Navy charged with patrol-ling the country’s waterways and some NIMASA person-nel intercepted a ship that Has Been involved in bunker-ing activities on and off the coasts of the country.According to security reports, a French ship that sails under the name, M.T. ST Vanessa is involved in massive illegal bunkering that costs the county about 22.5 billion naira per week. the reports based on con-fessions of the Arrested crew members and security of-ficials who have Been moni-toring its movement added that the ship, with a capacity of 15, 000 tons( about 300,000 barrels) of crude enters into the country territory to load a full capacity cargo twice in a day. the ship, it was said, loads a super tanker ship that al-ways berth on the high sea off the country’s coast with a capacity to bunker about 75,000 tons (1.5 million bar-rels) of crude oil.
The super-bunker inter-change with another ship of similar capacity and discharge their cargoes twice weekly to ships off the coasts of Cotonou and Lome, thus costing the coun-try a whooping amount.
the ship, in her last voy-age arrived the Brass load-ing terminal on June 9, 2012 and having Been involved in loading the super tanker until Thursday night when it was intercepted on her second trip to the high sea to deliver its cargo to its sec-ondary conduits by security officials who had Been in it for about two weeks based on the order of President Good-luck Jonathan who have Been intimated about the ac-tivities of the vessels.
the ship Has Been moved to Bonny Anchorage in Port Harcourt.
the president was said to have Been miffed by the losses inflicted on the na-tion’s resources by the activi-ties of the vessels and their sponsors and was said to have directed that the ships be impounded and those be-hind its nefarious activities Arrested and prosecuted.
He was said to have par-ticularly ordered that the identities of those behind the oil theft be revealed for sanction.
the ship’s crew included 2 Nigerians, a French na-…Steals 1.5 million barrels of crude oil per weektional, who is the Captain of the ship, one Briton and two Togolese nationals.
Preliminary investiga-tions was said to have re-vealed that a British com-pany provides equipment and logistics for the illegal trade while it also supplies a sophisticated Mooring Master which is used to dis-rupt the radar equipment used to detect and monitor ships on the high seas.“
What this means is that the British company will invade the monitoring equipment of the country’s defensive radar system and jam them for the period that the ships will be in the coun-try’s waters and they will go undetected,” a Naval intelli-gence officer involved in the surveillance and eventual ar-rest of the ship told Saturday Mirror under condition of anonymity.
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