By GODWIN ORITSE
MARINE pilots operating in the Escravos Channel have decried faulty and wrong positioning of the fair way buoys on the channel, a development they said can lead to ship running aground and causing other marine accidents.
In an exclusive chat with Vanguard, Captain Solomon Prebo said that the current position of the buoys are misleading adding that and this can make an inexperienced pilot make mistakes that could run a vessel aground.
He said that complaints have been lodged before the management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on the development but nothing has been to correct the anormally done.
In a sharp reaction to the pilots claim, NPA’s General Manager in charge of marine operations Captain Ihenacho Ebubeogu castigated who ever made such claim saying “these buoys were laid only two weeks ago and they are till being observed.
Ebubeogu stated that the buoys were laid because the Ecravos breakwaters were failing and navigational aids were put there to assist the pilots and other water crafts.