|NNS THUNDER, Photo Nigerian Navy|
THE NIGERIAN BULLETIN Published the story:
"The Nigerian Navy, according to a statement issued on Friday in Abuja and signed by the Director of Naval Information, Kabir Aliyu, has intercepted a Greek-owned merchant tanker, MT KERALA, believed to have been hijacked off the coast of Luanda after a four-days search in the Gulf of Guinea using the Nigerian Navy remote surveillance system, and search patrols.
It further stated that MT KERALA was currently under Ghanaian custody in the Port of Tema and Interpol operatives were investigating the circumstances of the hijack of the ship.
The statement said that on January 23, the Navy received a report from the International Maritime Bureau, IMB, that MT KERALA had been hijacked off Luanda in Angola.
“Subsequent report from IMB on January 25 located her about 50nm South West of Pennington Oil Terminal in Nigeria. In a swift response, three patrol vessels were deployed to search for MT KERALA. Two other vessels, MT ITRI and a tug boat GARE were reportedly in the vicinity of MT KERALA conducting ship-to-ship transfer of products with KERALA in gross violation of existing regulations in Nigeria,” the statement said." Read the rest of the story at: THE NIGERIAN BULLETIN
Editors note: We love news of victories by local constabulary navies and coast guard forces. Every day these emerging small navies and coast guards are proving increasingly capable of keeping the peace in their immediate ocean neighborhoods. The ocean world is changing. Just because a major power's navy isn't on scene no longer means that any particular stretch of ocean is open to criminal or thug state activity. Adjacent coastal states, even those with struggling economies are investing the treasure, and human effort to develop competent naval forces.