Navy intercepts 5 ships with 1.913 m litres of stolen diesel

 Five ships fully loaded with about 1.913 million litres of diesel valued at N240 million have been impounded by the Nigerian Navy in Rivers State.

The Flag Officer Commanding the Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral Atiku Abdulkadir, who addressed newsmen in Onne, Rivers State Tuesday on the interception of the ships, alleged that the products were stolen.
Three of the ships, MT Mona, MT Alice and MT Purity were laden with 911,520, 600,000 and 400,000 litres of diesel refined illegally.
The two other vessels and two barges, according to him, were said to be empty but were equally arrested for committing other offences.
He told newsmen, “MV Solution III; MT Trader and two barges, Atlantic I and Atlantic II with varying tonnage capacities were all empty at the time of arrest.
“The ships and barges were arrested for various offences which included lifting and transportation of illegally refined products; none approval to operate in the area; competency, among others.
“For example, MT Purity had product which laboratory test revealed was a mixture of adulterated Automotive Gas Oil and cooked oil, which is illegally refined.
“Similarly, the ship is carrying AIS identification that is not her own or converted – which ultimately creates multiple identification aimed to deceive unsuspecting security personnel.

“Also, the captain of the ship neither has approval or certificate to operate a merchant tanker ship, while his crew members lacked competency to justify them serving onboard the ship.”