Nigeria starts clearing sunken vessels in Lagos harbour

by Hans | June 21st, 2010

Four grounded vessels in Lagos harbour have been refloated under the supervision of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA). In a statement issued last week by the state maritime organisation, it was reported that four of the 16 vessels that were washed ashore earlier this year following a large storm and high seas have been refloated.

The vessels ARCTURUS No.3, MT PENIL, MT ODYSSEY and MT KENTASTEM were all refloated after a two-week operation off Lighthouse Beach which involved the use of bulldozers on the beach and dredging offshore with tugs ultimately pulling the grounded vessels into deep water. The exercise comprised the first phase of the operation to refloat the 16 vessels. A decision has now to be taken as to when Phase 2 will commence. Another salvage job facing Nigerian maritime authorities involves the Nigerian Ports Authority Floating Dock V which could not be raised during routine tests of the 6,000-ton dock. NPA Marine general manager Captain Iheanacho Ebueogu put his spin on the report by saying that the dock could “only complete half of the circle of its routine test.” He blamed pump and valve malfunctioning for the dock being unable to refloat. The dock which is owned by the Nigerian Ports Authority is kept at the Continental Shipyard at Apapa in Lagos
Source: Ports & Ships Maritime News

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