Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Chevron-contracted vessel sinks off Nigeria, 12 crew missing

Twelve crew members are missing after a Chevron contracted tug boat sank on Sunday due to rough seas off the coast of Nigeria, the ship's owner said on Tuesday.

The Jascon-4 capsized early on Sunday due to "heavy ocean swells" while the vessel was "performing towing operations" at a mooring point around 30 kilometres off oil-producing Delta state, Chevron's Nigeria unit said on Sunday.

"Unfortunately all twelve crew members are still missing," a spokeswoman for the ship's owner West African Ventures said.

"Rescue operations involving sea divers are still ongoing and a full investigation into the incident is taking place," she said. West African Ventures is owned by Sea Trucks Group.
Chevron Nigeria declined to give an update.

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