The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA has debunked the news making the rounds in some online media platform that the Agency failed to provide assistance to a distressed vessel; MV ORC4.
Contrary to the false report which claimed that NIMASA and NLNG failed to provide assistance to a distressed vessel, resulting in the sinking of the vessel and loss of lives; the truth is that NIMASA and NLNG actually saved the vessel through its Search and Rescue Operations.
The said fishing vessel did not sink and is currently at the ORC Jetty at Kirikiri Lighter Terminal in Lagos where it was safely towed after rescue.
The Agency’s Search and Rescue Station swung into action and relayed the emergency call to shipping within the area in line with its statutory mandate. After preliminary investigation and assessment of the distress, the Agency immediately sought collaboration with the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas NLNG whose firefighting tug was closest to the scene to assist in bringing the situation under control along with other neighbouring vessels who collaborated in the rescue exercise, in line with global shipping standard.