Twelve Missing After Chevron-Contracted Tugboat Sinks Off Nigeria

Twelve Missing After Chevron-Contracted Tugboat Sinks Off Nigeria

LAGOS - A tugboat contracted by oil giant Chevron Corp. has sunk off the coast of Nigeria, leaving 12 sailors missing, an official said on Tuesday.

"I can confirm the incident. It was on Sunday morning," said Corrie van Kessel, a spokeswoman for Sea Trucks Group, which owns West African Ventures Ltd., operator of the vessel. "12 crew members...There is a big rescue operation in progress at the moment." She could not confirm the nationalities of the sailors.

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Prince Enye | Jun. 2, 2013
This is quite some tragedy. I pray they are all found alive. This incident most likely emanates from lack of adherence to laid down HSE rules. In Nigeria most international oil companies pay lip service to management committement to HSE policies. Most times it is production figures againist HSE adherence. Steve P, please stop insulting Nigerians! You claim to have worked for 14years in Nigeria, am sure you never for one day took HSE serious for these 14yrs. It is persons like you that bit the finger that fed them. Our money fed and sustained you, your family and other dependents yet you have the odacity to paint us in bad light. Who has ever taken money from you except the local girls whom your likes use as sex toys? Am sure you might ever have kids littered along the creeks!

Terry Lee | Jun. 1, 2013
Tragic event. Steve P you defence of Sea Trucks surprises me. We have recently experienced Sea Trucks expertise in Offshore Operations down here in Bass Strait (Yolla Platform Mid Life Extension ) . They are Cowboys in our experience, Frequently staying to late to run from Bad Weather putting all on board at risk, 40 odd cases of Salmonella poisoning on board and would not leave the field to have the vessel deep cleaned by experienced people until the Union made them. Mate the next time we see Sea Trucks here in Bass Strait will be too soon. Anyway our thought are with the 12 missing and their families, lets hope they are all rescued soon.

val Onyeakazi | Jun. 1, 2013
Very sad. Please could Chevron, Sea Trucks Group or Govt make a statement on the true position of the situation regarding whether any of the seamen is found alive or dead. It is a high time safety is taken serious in Nigeria. The government should keep close eyes on these foreign oil companies who are in Nigeria for just profit. Every thing about safety including implementation of safety rules and regulations should be made mandatory, no options. I hope these seamen are found alive.

dedekuma julius | May. 31, 2013
Real sad story, sinking of boat has being too frequent in recent times in that region, i think NIMASA has to step up their responsibility on safety.

Sophronius | May. 31, 2013
Maintenance and tugboat Capt. expertise could have been key in this incident, I hope to be wrong and that the incident was caused by something unexpected.

Steve P | May. 31, 2013
Hope all the crew are found and everyone can join their families. However, the comments posted are based on assumptions. I lived and worked in Nigeria for 14 years and all your claims are baseless and nonsense. I have been on most of the Sea Truck boats and they are all equipped with the latest and greatest as are the other reputable marine companies. J Day your comment of "Cheap" Nigerian lives paying for International Oil Company profits? is nonsense. Before you Nigerians start your normal pointing fingers, get the facts and judge as it should be judged. This incident could have been created/caused by your own pirates/militants because the captain did not comply with their own agenda plans for money and extortion as it has been for years and years and in Nigeria it is all about money and it is the Nigerian that does his best get all the money from my pocket to his pocket or any company working in Nigeria. Can you hear the smell?

A Diver | May. 30, 2013
I hear on the Facbook grapevine that one crew member was found alive by a team of divers, and is now in decompression with them after 3 days at 30 meters!

Chimezie Nwaenenwa | May. 30, 2013
Since the story is "12 MISSING", let us not conclude that they are all dead.Let the company and Government mobilise whatever rescue apparatus needed to see if we can get some out alive. That way we may know exactly what happened and how it all happened. If eventually, we loose all of them, then it is a very sad story for Nigerian Oil industry and Chevron and the contractor will have a huge explaining to make.

Christian Schmidt | May. 30, 2013
An absolute shocking tragedy! Other reports state it happened during a static tow operation. Despite the tragedy and the very sad loss of lives, the demand for lifejackets is probably less urgent than the demand for proper qualifications, proper training and proven experience before you become a responsible officer on a tug! In addition once again the question of the quality of surveys ( class, flag and port state controls ) should be raised to protect the lives of seamen! Unfortunately the maritime industry with its different rules and regulations, various regulatory bodies and the surprising amount of exemptions is probably mostly to blamed! I am sorry for the fellow seamen and the families, which have lost their lives in that tragic accident!

J Day | May. 29, 2013
This is a terrible tragedy. Let us pray for those whom are missing and their loved ones. Why can they not rescue or find the unfortunate crewmen in todays world where most safety conscious Companies have electronic beacons to track man over board incidents? Is this perhaps another example of "Cheap" Nigerian lives paying for International Oil Company profits?

ernest | May. 29, 2013
its really sad to hear it make us that are seeking a career in this line scared i think the issue of safety should not be over enphasized

Ado Musa | May. 29, 2013
This is very sad. What is more sad is the fact that Nigerian Government has directed that all offshore and swap personnel shall use life jacket equipped with Maritime Locator Device in case of Man Over Board such as this. Unfortunately, Chevron and over Operators are not in compliance yet. This incident is one out of several. Investment in Safety is never too much as we pray for souls of the victims

Dacoster | May. 28, 2013
This is really a sad one and I sincerely pray that those men are still alive, cause if a tugboat sank on Sunday and uptil now none of them is found yet, that calls for worry.

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