“ Next time it could be terrorists, ” Royal Navy officer warns after Isle of Wight stowaway incident


A former Royal Navy officer has warned Britain to strengthen maritime border security after seven Nigerian stowaways attempted to hijack a tanker off the Isle of Wight on Sunday.

All stowaways are detained after 16 commandos dropped onto the 42,000-ton oil tanker and secured the 22 crew members safely in just seven minutes, after the captain launched a Mayday call yesterday morning.

Vice Admiral Dr. Chris Parry told Good Morning Britain today: ‘Next time it might not just be stowaways. It could be terrorists, it could be smugglers or something.

‘We have to approach this problem in a much more sophisticated way, we have to increase our intelligence.

‘We must demand more from shipping companies and also from the foreign countries with which we do business.

‘We are now in a whole era of mass migration and I think that includes a lot of things that we probably don’t want to happen in our area or in our country.’

Coast Guard officers and crew were called after a group of stowaways was reportedly discovered on a Liberia-registered ship bound for Southampton

Crew members have reportedly taken shelter in a safe room on the Liberia-registered oil tanker called the Nave Andromeda, which was due to arrive in Southampton at 10:30 am.

The Special Boat Service brought 16 personnel on board the ship by air and sea after a ten-hour deadlock.

Reports claimed that the captain of the Nave Andromeda – believed to be able to carry 42,000 tons of crude oil – made a “ desperate ” call for rescue because he “ feared for his life ” when stowaways smashed glass on board and even killed it.

Dr. Chris Parry warned the world was seeing 'more and more of these incidents' which was the second to happen in Britain since 2018

Dr. Chris Parry warned the world was seeing 'more and more of these incidents' which was the second to happen in Britain since 2018

Dr. Chris Parry warned the world was seeing ‘more and more of these incidents’ which was the second to happen in Britain since 2018

Crew members reportedly took shelter in a safe room on the Liberia-registered oil tanker called the Nave Andromeda, which was due to arrive in Southampton at 10:30 am.

Crew members reportedly took shelter in a safe room on the Liberia-registered oil tanker called the Nave Andromeda, which was due to arrive in Southampton at 10:30 am.

Crew members reportedly took shelter in a safe room on the Liberia-registered oil tanker called the Nave Andromeda, which was due to arrive in Southampton at 10:30 am.

A source close to the shipping company said the crew had been aware of stowaways on board for some time, but had turned violent as the ship approached Britain. The crew then retreated to the ship’s secure citadel, where attackers could not enter, the source added.

Dr. Parry added, “We are seeing more and more of these incidents happening around the world and this is the second incident in our own waters in a few years.”

The maritime security expert explains that the Poole Special Boats Service would have launched two Merlin Mk 4 helicopters, supported by two Royal Navy Wildcat helicopters, as part of the operation.

He said they would have scouted the ship, they would have used night vision goggles and night vision goggles to see what was going on, they would then have closed the ship, rope down on the deck and then quickly secured the stowaways and made sure the ship was safe.

Hampshire Police later said all 22 of the tanker’s crew were safe.

Tobias Ellwood, chairman of the House of Commons Defense Committee, confirmed the action, saying no one was injured. The stowaways are now in custody.

The ship Andromeda entered Southampton last night after a 10-hour standoff ended when special forces commandos stormed the ship.  A source close to the shipping company said the crew had been aware of stowaways on board for some time

The ship Andromeda entered Southampton last night after a 10-hour standoff ended when special forces commandos stormed the ship.  A source close to the shipping company said the crew had been aware of stowaways on board for some time

The ship Andromeda entered Southampton last night after a 10-hour standoff ended when special forces commandos stormed the ship. A source close to the shipping company said the crew had been aware of stowaways on board for some time

It was originally suggested that the tanker had been hijacked, but lawyers representing the owners of the ship, which was from Nigeria, told the BBC today that the incident was '100 percent not hijacking' (photo: the stern of the oil tanker Ship Andromeda lit up by police boats when the SBS stormed the tanker last night)

It was originally suggested that the tanker had been hijacked, but lawyers for the owners of the ship, which came from Nigeria, told the BBC today that the incident was '100 percent not hijacking' (photo: the stern of the oil tanker Ship Andromeda lit by police boats when the SBS stormed the tanker last night)

It was originally suggested that the tanker had been hijacked, but lawyers representing the owners of the ship, which was from Nigeria, told the BBC today that the incident was ‘100 percent not hijacking’ (photo: the stern of the oil tanker Ship Andromeda lit up by police boats when the SBS stormed the tanker last night)

A police officer observes the ship Andromeda after it anchored off the east coast of the island

A police officer observes the ship Andromeda after it anchored off the east coast of the island

A police officer observes the ship Andromeda after it anchored off the east coast of the island

A Defense Department spokesman said: “ In response to a request from the police, the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of the Interior authorized Armed Forces personnel to board a ship in the English Channel to save lives. and secure a ship that was presumably hijacked.

The armed forces have taken control of the ship and seven people have been detained. The police investigation is now continuing. Initial reports confirm that the crew is safe and sound. ‘

It was originally suggested that the tanker had been hijacked, but lawyers representing the owners of the vessel, which hailed from Nigeria, today said the BBC the incident was ‘100 percent no hijacking’.

The Nave Andromeda was built in 2011 and weighs 42,338 tons.  It was last known to have been docked in Lagos, Nigeria on Oct. 6.  Although registered in Liberia, the ship is believed to be Greek-owned (photo: the ship off the Isle of Wight)

The Nave Andromeda was built in 2011 and weighs 42,338 tons.  It was last known to have been docked in Lagos, Nigeria on Oct. 6.  Although registered in Liberia, the ship is believed to be Greek-owned (photo: the ship off the Isle of Wight)

The Nave Andromeda was built in 2011 and weighs 42,338 tons. It was last known to have been docked in Lagos, Nigeria on Oct. 6. Although registered in Liberia, the ship is believed to be Greek-owned (photo: the ship off the Isle of Wight)

A source close to the shipping company said the crew had been aware of stowaways on board for some time, but had turned violent as the ship approached Britain. The crew then retreated to the ship’s secure citadel, where attackers could not enter, the source added.

Stowaways aboard Nave Andromeda have made “verbal threats to the crew,” but Hampshire police say no one has been injured.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said, “Tonight we are grateful for the swift and decisive action of our police and armed forces who have been able to take control of this situation and ensure the safety of all those on board.”

Dr. Parry added: ‘Our sea border must be safe, we need one authority to take care of our offshore zone.

‘We have to demand more from shipping companies when they leave those parts of the world where they have these problems.

“But the Royal Navy is standing by to help the government and our people safeguard our country and I think this is a fantastic example.

“The first seal hunter Tony Radakin would have been involved in authorizing this and I think he will be very pleased.”

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