A new statement by UK prosecutors has raised questions over why special forces stormed a Navios tanker in a reported hijacking incident off the Isle of Wight in October.

The UK's Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said recently that it was not pressing ahead with court action potentially involving seven stowaways on the Navios Maritime Acquisition-owned 75,000-dwt Nave Andromeda (built 2011).

The incident resulted in significant international media coverage after the UK Special Boat Service (SBS) conducted a night-time boarding to regain control.