British police mentioned on Sunday they have been coping with an incident on board a tanker off the Isle of Wight on England’s south coast after stowaways threatened the ship’s crew.

Police helicopters have been seen flying over the Nave Andromeda, sitting six miles off the Isle of Wight. Some media reported that the vessel, owned by Greece’s Navios Maritime Acquisition, had been denied entry to the Port of Southampton earlier.

Vessel-tracking providers confirmed that the Andromeda had navigated in uncommon zigzags off the coast of the Isle of Wight.

Hampshire Constabulary, the native police drive, mentioned on Sunday night that considerations had been raised with police at 10.04am in regards to the welfare of the crew on board the vessel, which had been heading in the direction of Southampton.

“It was reported that plenty of stowaways have been on board, they usually had made verbal threats in the direction of the crew,” the drive mentioned. “Nobody has been reported injured.”

John Thompson, co-founder of Ambrey, a maritime safety agency that was offering recommendation to the vessel’s Greek house owners on Sunday, mentioned the incident was “positively not a hijacking”.

“It is stowaways who have gotten a bit rowdy with the crew,” Mr Thompson informed the FT, including that his firm had stood down its anti-hijacking group.

Mr Thompson mentioned his firm had helped to place Navios Tanker Administration, which manages the vessel on behalf of the house owners, in contact with the proper authorities within the UK, corresponding to border patrol, after the incident with the stowaways flared up.

Hampshire Police mentioned a three-mile radius exclusion zone had been enforce across the ship.

“Police are at the moment working intently with our companions, together with the Maritime & Coastguard Company and Border Power, to carry this incident to a secure conclusion,” the drive mentioned.

Whereas piracy within the Gulf of Aden and off west Africa has made tussles over the management of vessels frequent in among the world’s busiest delivery lanes, safety incidents are extraordinarily uncommon on board vessels in UK waters.

The Andromeda, able to carrying 500,000 barrels of crude oil or refined merchandise, final referred to as on the Port of Lagos, in Nigeria, on October 4, in line with vessel-tracking providers.

The vessel’s monitoring info indicated it was sitting excessive out of the water, suggesting it was empty or almost empty. ExxonMobil, operator of the Fawley oil refinery close to Southampton, mentioned the vessel had been scheduled to name there on Monday to gather a cargo of gasoline.

The Maritime and Coastguard Company mentioned it was aiding Hampshire Constabulary with the incident.

“The search-and-rescue helicopters from Lee-on-the-Solent and Lydd are in attendance,” the company mentioned.

Stowaways are a widespread drawback in worldwide delivery, with would-be migrants usually in a position to board ships and conceal amid the chaos of some massive developing-world ports.

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