Swiss tanker to be released after being held in Nigeria for more than three years

The Nigerian government has agreed to release the Swiss-flagged San Padre Pio tanker that was seized in January 2018.

The San Padre Pio was intercepted as it was transferring diesel between ships, accused of entering Nigerian waters illegally and illegal diesel trafficking, something strongly denied by the ship’s captain.

Switzerland had initiated legal proceedings before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in its bid to get the ship freed.

The 7,616 dwt product tanker is owned by Swiss-based ABC Maritime.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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