Two men in their twenties charged with endangering tanker Nave Andromeda off Isle of Wight

POLICE have charged two men in relation to the incident onboard the tanker Nave Andromeda that occurred off the Isle of Wight earlier this autumn.

By Richard Lemmer
Saturday, 26th December 2020, 4:04 pm
A police boat patrolling next to the Nave Andromeda at berth in Port of Southampton earlier this year. Photo: Simon Czapp/Solent News & Photo Agency
A police boat patrolling next to the Nave Andromeda at berth in Port of Southampton earlier this year. Photo: Simon Czapp/Solent News & Photo Agency

Emergency services were alerted to concerns over the welfare of the crew of the 228-metre long vessel as the ship – sailing from Lagos, Nigeria – headed towards Southampton on Sunday, October 25.

Approximately 16 members of the Special Boat Service (SBS) secured the Nave Andromeda in nine minutes and detained seven Nigerian nationals, who were handed to Hampshire Police.

Now, two men have been charged and appeared in court today as part of the ongoing Hampshire Constabulary led investigation into the maritime security incident.

The two men, Matthew John Okorie, 25, and Sunday Sylvester, 22, have been charged with an offence relating to conduct endangering ships under the Merchant Shipping Act 1995.

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They appeared before Southampton Magistrates Court this morning and have been remanded in custody.

They will next appear at Southampton Crown Court on January 29, 2021.

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 25, while Hampshire Constabulary’s investigation continues.

They are currently detained under Border Force powers.

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