- Police called after ‘security incident’ on a crude oil tanker called the Nave Andromeda off Isle of Wight today
- Restriction zone of five nautical miles now in place around vessel, which last sailed from Nigeria on October 6
- The ship is reportedly Libyan-registered and was set to dock in Southampton at around 10.30am this morning
A major incident is today underway after a group of stowaways were discovered hidden aboard an oil tanker as it headed into Southampton, according to reports.
Police are currently dealing with the ‘security incident’, which reportedly involves a group of ‘at least’ seven stowaways, on a Libyan-registered oil tanker near to the Isle of Wight.
A mayday call was made at around 9am today. Crew members are reportedly sheltering in a safe room on the vessel, named the ‘Nave Andromeda’, with initial reports suggesting the incident was a hijacking.