Oil tanker ‘hijack attempt’ off Isle of Wight – exclusion zone in place

Oil tanker 'hijack attempt' off Isle of Wight - exclusion zone in place

A number of stowaways are reported to have attempted to hijack an oil tanker just off the Isle of Wight.

Police have confirmed an incident on board a vessel and en exclusion zone has been established around the giant ship.

The incident is reported to have taken place aboard the Liberian-registered Nave Andromeda crude oil tanker south of Sandown, according to Isle of Wight Radio.

It is reported from maritime data that the vessel had set sail from Lagos, Nigeria. However, it is not clear how many people are involved in the incident.

A Hampshire police spokesman said: “We are aware and dealing with an ongoing incident on board a vessel which is situated south of the Isle of Wight.

“We will provide you with further updates when we are in a position to do so.”

A spokeswoman for Associated British Ports, which runs Southampton port, said they had not had any contact with the vessel and they had no further comment.

It is understood that the 228-metre tanker had been expected to dock in Southampton at 10.30am on Sunday.

The coastguard said it was assisting police and that local search and rescue helicopters from Lee on Solent and Lydd are also in attendance.

The five-mile exclusion zone was set up in the area south of Sandown.