Two men charged over Nave Andromeda hijack incident

Two men appeared in court last week as part of the ongoing investigation into the maritime security incident that took place on board crude oil tanker Nave Andromeda (IMO 9580405) off the coast of the Isle of Wight on October 25th 2020.

Seven stowaways were reported to have hijacked the vessel in the English Channel, threatening the crew, who were forced to retreat into the ship’s citadel. UK armed forces took over the vessel and apprehended the stowaways the same evening.

The two men, Matthew John Okorie and Sunday Sylvester have been charged with an offence relating to conduct endangering ships under S.58 Merchant Shipping Act 1995, Hampshire Constabulary said.

They appeared before Southampton Magistrates Court on Saturday morning and have been remanded in custody. They will next appear at Southampton Crown Court on January 29th.

Five other men, who were arrested on suspicion of seizing or exercising control of a ship by use of threats or force, remain on police bail until January 25th while the Hampshire Constabulary investigation continues. They are currently detained under Border Force powers.

The Nave Andromeda was en route from Lagos in Nigeria to Fawley oil refinery on Southampton Water when it was hijacked.

2011-built, Liberia-flagged, 42,338 gt Nave Andromeda is owned by Great Folegandros Ltd care of manager Navios Tankers management Inc of Piraeus, Greece. It is entered with Gard P&I on behalf of Great Folegandros Limited. It is entered with Generali Assurances for H&M on behalf of Navios Tankers Management Inc, with Gard having a subscription position.