The Nigerian MaritimeÂ Â Â Â Â Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA has commenced the Salvage exercise for the Distressed Vessels at Takwa Bay Beach in Lagos. Arcturus number 3; Kentastem Penile and Morlarp Trader are the first set of Vessels, whose salvage exercise has reached an advance stage over the weekend.
Heavy equipment such as Bull dozers and Thug Boats have been mobilized to site with excavation ongoing on a 24 hourly basis. The Thug boats have also been well positioned and await the natural element of high tidal waves to ensure that the Vessels float again.
Adequate environmental impact assessment has also been carried out before the exercise commenced to ensure safety of aquatic and terrestrial lives during the operation.
This salvage exercise comes barely two weeks after the Management of NIMASA in company of the leadership of the Indigenous Ship owners Association of Nigeria (ISAN) led other stakeholders on an inspection tour of the distressed vessels to determine the true state of all the affected Vessels.
During the working tour, the NIMASA Director General Mr. Temisan Omatseye noted that ISAN and NIMASA are working closely to ensure that those economically viable are salvaged, while those to be wrecked are scrapped accordingly. While noting that NIMASA as a Flag Administration is responsible for all Nigerian Flagged Vessels, The DG restated the Agencyâ€™s commitment to collaborating with ISAN to resolve any challenge as regards Vessels owned by Nigerians
Mr Omatseye also stated that the salvage operation was delayed by NIMASA to ensure that due process was adhered to in its entirety. The Chairman of ISAN, Chief Dr. Isaac Jolapamo who endured a 10 kilometer walk on the Beach with the NIMASA helmsman, noted the need for Indigenous Ship owners to improve on the quality of vessels that operate on Nigerian waters. â€œwe have to raise the bar. Raising the bar means acquiring better vessels; stop using single Hull Vessels, understanding the industry
better. With better Vessels we can avoid some of these occurrences in the futureâ€ he said.
The Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, insurance firms and other stakeholders also took part in the process of determining Vessels to be salvaged or scrapped.