By Victor Ahiuma-Young
LAGOS â€” MARITIME Workers Union of Nigeria, MWUN, has called on the Federal Government and the Management of Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, to probe into why Invanood Shipping Company has refused to allow dockworkers into MV Stx Rose vessel that has been discharging midstream for five days and being guarded by some naval personnel.
The union said yesterday that the vessel which berthed sinceÂ 1April 2010, with eight barges is at opposite Commando Pool and that all attempts to send dockworkers to load or off-load in the vessel had been rebuffed.
President-General of MWUN, Comrade Nted Emmanuel, told journalists yesterday in Lagos, that as required by international law,Â it was the duty of dockworkers to load and off-load, lash and on-lash any vessel berthed, lamenting that when Textron Stevedore Company, which is in-charge of sending dockworkers to the vessel, sent some dockworkers there, they were allegedly denied access by Naval personnel guarding it
According to him, while the naval personnel claimed they were guarding the vessel against any attack by pirates, the owner of the vessel said it was only technical works that were available.
According to Nted, â€œit is obvious that they are just being economical with the truth. There must be a reason why they do not want labour to enter the vessel.Â We are calling on government and NPA to investigate the vessel because loading and off-loading, lashing and on-lashing in any vessel that berths according to law is done by dockworkers.â€