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Equatorial Guinea Detains Large Vessel Accused Of Stealing Crude Oil In Nigeria

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Equatorial Guinea Detains Large Vessel Accused Of Stealing Crude Oil In Nigeria


A very large crude carrier (VLCC) has been detained by the navy in Equitorial Guinea after it got into a dispute with Nigerian authorities.

The 300,000 dead weight tonnage (dwt) carrier got into a dispute with Nigerian authorities last week and was chased down and detained by the navy in neighbouring Equitorial Guinea.

It was subsequently detained by Equitorial Guinea.

According to Maritime Executive, reports from the counties say Equatorial Guinea arrested the vessel contending that it illegally entered its water without permission as it sought to evade the Nigerian forces.

The VLCC, which was built in 2020, is named Heroic Idun. According to the AIS signal, she remains anchored at the port of Luba, which is used mostly as a logging port on the island Bioko in the Gulf of Guinea.

She has a crew of 26 aboard, comprising 16 Indians, eight Sri Lankans, one Pole, and one Filipino, and is being held while the matter is being investigated.

Teodoro Nguema, Vice President of Equatorial Guinea confirmed on his Twitter account that the country's authorities detained the large crude carrier named Heroic Idun.

“Equatorial Guinea is still investigating the tanker detained last week in Annobon following a tip-off from Nigeria. So far, the tanker has incurred two serious offences; first, entering our waters without prior authorization and second, navigating without an identifying flag," Nguema wrote.

The local media is reporting that Heroic Idun, registered in the Marshall Islands, was seen near the AKPO oil field, off the Nigerian coast, on August 7.

The Nigerian Navy’s Maritime Domain Awareness facility was the first to detect the vessel and it reported the vessel for suspicious activity, saying that they did not believe the vessel had permits from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)

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