By Godfrey Bivbere
Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Indigenous Shipowners Association of Nigeria (ISAN) are at war over the removal of the 16 vessels swept ashore by the storm which hit Lagos about two weeks ago.
Despite assurances by NIMASA that the removal of the vessels would commence soon after getting the nod from the ministry of transport, most of the vessels are still lying by the shore side as at the time of this report.
Meanwhile, the apex regulatory body has issued a marine notice directing the owners of the affected ships to remove them or face sanction from the agency, even after stating that it would embark on the removal and make the owners bear the cost.
Director General of NIMASA, Temisan Omatseye, said the storm resulted into a strong line stroll and subsequent rough sea and strong winds which forced the ships to drift from the Lagos anchorage into light house beach spread over five nautical miles. He also said that the 16 unseaworthy vessels anchored at the Lagos break watersÂ were watched to the beach side .