A tanker crew, already held for nearly three months in Equatorial Guinea, has been told they will be taken by armed guard to Nigeria where they are accused of stealing oil.

The 26-strong multinational crew of the 300,000-dwt VLCC Heroic Idun (built 2020) has been treated like criminals in a case of “shocking maritime injustice”, according to ship manager OSM.

The Ray Car Carriers-owned tanker had been due to load a cargo of oil from Nigeria’s Akpo terminal in early August but the master left the area fearing an attack from pirates after an approach in the darkness from an unidentified vessel.