NAVY RESCUES HIJACKED VESSEL; SEARCH FOR ABDUCTED CREW.
Following the hijack of a ship by sea pirates in Nigerian waters, a Nigerian Navy Ship, NNS CENTENARY has carried out a successful operation leading to the rescue of the supply vessel, MV BOURBON about 55 nautical miles off Brass, Rivers State.
A statement from Naval headquarters, signed by Navy Captain Dahun on behalf of the Director of Information said, “Following an alert from the ship’s owners, the Nigerian Navy dispatched NNS CENTENARY to locate and rescue the ship which was accomplished at about 2.00 am Wednesday.
“Both vessels are currently heading towards the Federal Lighter Terminal, Onne, Port Harcourt where the naval authorities will conduct further investigation.
“One Russian and a Nigerian were abducted from MV BOURBON before NNS CENTENARY was able to contact and rescue the vessel from the hijackers.
“Efforts are currently ongoing to ascertain the whereabouts of the abducted crew.
The statement recalled that a Nigerian Navy Ship NNS OKPABANA recently rescued MT MAXIMUS, a foreign oil tanker, hijacked by gun men off the coast of Ivory Coast.
“The ship was laden with 4,700 metric tons of AGO. In that operation, Nigerian Navy personnel killed one pirate and arrested six others. The ship had a crew of 18 from Pakistan, China, Sudan, South Korea and Ghana.”