Nov 19, Colombo: The High Commission of Sri Lanka in Kenya, which is concurrently accredited to Nigeria, is monitoring the welfare of the eight Sri Lankan crew members aboard vessel M/T Heroic Idun, currently detained by Nigeria.
Authorities of Equatorial Guinea detained the very large crude carrier on a request by the Nigerian Navy on 10 August 2022 for entering the Nigerian Maritime Environment on 07 August 2022, without clearance.
Equatorial Guinea has returned the vessel to Nigeria and its 26 crew members including 16 Indians, eight Sri Lankans, one Pole, and one Filipino.
On the instructions of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in Kenya, Velupillai Kananathan, visited Lagos, Nigeria and held discussions with the Nigerian authorities on the welfare of the detained crew members and their early repatriation following the legal process.
The Ministry and the High Commission will continue to monitor the situation.