The Netherlands flagged tug Lydia D and her tow the renamed tanker Vaishnavi (formerly Nelson) are currently off Weymouth on a heading for Torquay. Their destination is given as Las Palmas, presumably for bunkering but my most reliable source has indicated that there may well be another Dutch tug and tow also heading this way, perhaps for a link up.
Despite increased security and preventative measures by the Nigerian government, the highly suspicious trade in aged waterway tankers with their shallow draught continues. The vessels are able to ferry stolen oil from pipelines out into deep water for transfer to ocean going tankers. Keep you posted on developments.