Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Oil thieves convert Fishing Trawlers to Tankers

The Nigerian Navy has exposed how unscrupulous Nigerians and their foreign collaborators are now converting fishing trawlers into oil tankers for illegal bunkering in the Niger Delta region. The converted ships, according to the Navy, venture into the creeks and rivers in the Niger Delta disguised as fishing trawlers to lift stolen crude oil. 
Naval patrol team on routine patrol that intercepted such trawlers found stolen crude instead of fish in all the vessels captured. Parading the crew of one of such vessels in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, the navy raised the alarm that the activity was on the rise in the region.
The authorities of the Nigerian Navy, through the Command Operations Officer, Central Naval Command, Commodore Emmanuel Enemor, disclosed that the confession obtained from the captain of one of the seized vessels showed that fishing trawler were now being converted to motor tanker for the purpose of illegal bunkering. According to him, the captain of the seized vessel, MV DALAL, caught last week, confessed to the illegal lifting of 120,000 litres of diesel from illegal refineries at the Akassa creeks in the state.

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