and Safety Agency(NIMASA) on Monday said it was still on the rescue operation
for possible survivors from the vessels collision incident.
Haruna Baba Jauro, at a news conference in Lagos, said the agency was
investigating the cause of the accident involving MT Elixir and MT Tank on Oct
area where the incident happened, had been asked to assist in continued search
and rescue operation, to ensure some people were not still trapped.
been deployed to the area to guard against possible pirate attacks.
Director, Maritime Safety and Seafarers Standards, said the rescue operation
was continuing because there had been such situations where some survivors were
rescued days later.
quaters that that NIMASA was not part of the rescue effort.
immediately it received the distress alert, by sending signals to its zonal
office close to the area.
was able to pick up a survivor because it was close to the accident area and
had received the signal from them.
which collided with MT Tank and ripping through it, thereby causing it to sink,
to assist with advanced divers to access the sunk wreck in the 1500 metre deep
efforts to ensure settlement between both parties, adding that the agency was
not responsible for compensation in matters of casualties.
Director of Twinstomp Energy Ltd., owners of MT Tank, however, said that
besides the loss of their vessel, nine crew members were dead.
members were rescued, only one corpse was found, while the others remained
with the level of corporation given so far by NIMASA.
investigation by agencies of government saddled with the responsibility rather
than do a unilateral investigation.
Navy and possibly the Nigerian Army be involved in carrying out the
Elixir, which is far bigger than the MT Tank, should not be allowed to sail out
of Nigerian waters until justice was done.
statement, said its search and rescue team saved and rescued three crew members
and recovered one body from the collision incident.
Elixir and MT Tank, occurred midstream about 65 miles from shore, just 10 nautical
miles south west of the Bonga FPSO near Warri.