Lagos - The Nigerian Navy said in a statement issued on Mar 9, that they arrested product tanker “San Padre Pio” with 16 all-Ukrainian crew and some 5000 tons of oil product on board for unauthorized entry into Nigeria waters, and illegal fuel trading. The ship was seized on Jan 23 and is presently anchored on Bonny anchorage, why did it take Nigerian Navy so long, to make an announcement, is unclear. The Captain of tanker, Mr. Andriy Vaskov, claimed that the vessel had clearance from the Nigerian Navy to ship the product to Nigeria. Vaskov named Blue Sea Marine Company as its Nigerian partners. He said that they lifted the product from Lome in Togo and attempted to discharge the product at Odudu oil fields to its Nigerian partners before their arrest: “This is about the fifth time that we have transported petroleum product to the country,” he confessed”. Product tanker “San Padre Pio”, IMO 9610339, dwt 7616, built 2012, flag Switzerland, manager Abc Maritime.
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