By Jite Eriabie
Four Nigerians who illegally boarded a bulker at the Lagos Port Complex Apapa and who threatened the crew of the ship while it was on its outward voyage have been arrested by the Uruguayan Navy.
The four men, who reportedly boarded the 57,400 dwt bulker named Friederike, were arrested in the morning hours of Saturday October 21 after the Uruguayan authorities received a distress call from the ship’s captain, saying that the stowaways mutinied and threatened the crew members during the voyage.
The ship was on its way to the port of Recalada in Argentina when the distress call was sent out.
The navy first directed the bulker to an anchorage some 40 km off the coast of Montenegro, Uruguay, to neutralise the situation and return control of the vessel to its captain.
The officials later escorted the bulker to the port of Montenegro where the stowaways were detained.
The Supramax bulker, owned by Greek company Technomar Shipping, was held at the co