A Motor Tanker Vessel, MT KEMEPADE, which was reported missing from the Lagos anchorage on Wednesday 28th September 2011 has been found in a Ship Yard at Tema Habour in Ghana with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) number wipped off.
In a statement on Thursday by the Deputy Director and Head, Public Relations, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Hajia Lamai Tumaka, the Vessel, which was reported missing by the owner had one sailor on board at the time of the incident.
Tumaka said the Management of the, NIMASA, requested shipping in the area via radio to report sighting in line with her statutory responsibilities to ensure safety and security of ships on Nigerian waters.
According to her, aside of deploying Automatic Identification Tracking System (AIS), the Agency also collaborated with neigbouring countries such as Togo, Liberia and Benin through their Maritime Rescue Coordination Centers (MRCCs) to enhance the search operation.
She said the Vessel was found in a Ship Yard at Tema Habour in Ghana Five days later with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) number completely wipped off.
Tumaka said the Agency was yet to determine the fate of the sole crew member onboard at the time of disappearance, as NIMASA was liaising with Ghanaian Authorities for further investigation.