The Kerala oil tanker, at the service of the state-owned National Fuel Society of Angola (Sonangol), which was allegedly hijacked by the crew last January 18, from Luanda to Nigeria, is already in the Angolan territory, having been recovered this month with at least 78 per cent of the cargo, which has deteriorated.
The information was given on Tuesday, in Luanda, by one of the directors of the firm, Anabela Fonseca, who explained that the recovery of the oil tanker happened due to a joint operation that involved the governments of Angola, Ghana and Nigeria, adding that the vessel is already at the disposal of Sonangol.
Anabela Fonseca, who is director for assets and international investments, explained that, before the disappearance, the vessel was bringing to Angola 120,000 tons of diesel oil, which has deteriorated due to water infiltration.
ANGOP has learnt that after the cargo is completely unloaded an investigation will be conducted.
"In an operation carried out in collaboration with the governments of Ghana and Nigeria it was possible to recover the vessel and bring it back to Luanda", said the source.
Anabela Fonseca, who was speaking at a press conference held for Sonangol to present the results of its operations in 2013, revealed that the vessel returned to the country with 108,000 tons of diesel oil. She went on to say that 12,000 tons of the product were stolen in Nigerian territory, corresponding to about USD 8 million.
On the other hand, said the source, Sonangol will cancel its exploration operation in Iraq, due to the politico-military insecurity in that country.
Last Tuesday (February 25) Sonangol celebrated its 38th foundation anniversary.