Nigeria: Tugboat towing an oil tanker sinks 30 km off the coast, 13 feared dead – 280513 1410z

Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), operator of the NNPC/CNL Joint Venture, has confirmed that ‘Jascon 4’ vessel belonging to its contractor, West African Ventures Limited, has capsized and sank in the early hours of Sunday in Delta State.

The vessel sank while supporting a tanker loading at Single Mooring (SBM) No.3 a loading point 30 km offshore in the Escravos area. Chevron’s General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs explained in a statement that Initial reports indicated that heavy ocean swells caused the Jascon No.4 to capsize while performing tension tow operations of the tanker at SBM No.3. He confirmed that emergency response has commenced, including Search and Rescue operation with surface vessels, helicopters and divers. According to him “Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), operator of the NNPC/CNL Joint Venture, confirms that Jascon No.4 vessel belonging to our contractor, West African Ventures Limited, capsized and sank early this morning while supporting a tanker loading at Single Buoy Mooring (SBM) No.3, a loading point 30 km offshore in the Escravos area of Delta state, Nigeria. Initial reports indicated that heavy ocean swells caused the Jascon No.4 to capsize while performing tension tow operations of the tanker at SBM No.3. Emergency Response has commenced, including Search and Rescue operation with surface vessels, helicopters and divers. CNL wishes to stress that we conduct our business operations in line with the safest global industry standards. The safety of our employees and contractors alike, remains our highest priority,”
Tuesday, 28 May, 2013 at 03:12 (03:12 AM) UTC RSOE

“The Nation gathered that the incident occurred at 4.30am yesterday and that none of the 12 persons on board the vessel has been found at the time of filing this report.

The President of West African Ventures, Mr. Jacques Roomans, told our correspondent on phone that he just returned from abroad and did not have details about the incident.

Information on WAV’s website showed that JASCON #4 was delivered in January 2004 and has the capacity to accommodate 16 persons.

Sea Trucks Nigeria Limited is into chartering small inland oilfield support vessels to affiliates of major international oil and gas companies operating in the oil and gas fields in Niger Delta. It also has marine support facilities in Warri, Delta State, where it maintains and repairs its vessels and also begins a local inland vessel building business.” – thenationonlineng.net

SeaTruck boat mishap: 13 feared dead, tug boat still missing

SweetCrude Reports 27 May 2013, WARRI

Jascon tugboat 13 crew members on the tugboat, Jascon 4 belonging to West Africa Ventures, a division of the Sea Truck Group, which sunk offshore Nigeria, yesterday, around the Escravos high sea in Warri South-West council area of Delta State are still missing and are currently feared dead.

The tugboat named Jascon 4 was towing an oil tanker to Chevron Nigeria Limited, CNL, export terminal, Berth Operation Platform, B.O.P, in the high sea when the towing rope went apart forcing the tug boat to nose-dive into the deep water and has still not been found as at press time.

The incident was said to have occurred around 4:am Saturday with rescue teams still searching frantically for survivors and the tug boat without any success.

No official of the Seatruck Group or Chevron could be reached for comments at the time of filing this report.

Meanwhile, some family members of the victims of the unfortunate incident have expressed worry over the misfortune that have befallen their bread winners hoping that they could be furnished with information on the outcome of ongoing rescue efforts.” – http://sweetcrudereports.com

Off the coast of Nigeria tugboat sank to a citizen of Ukraine on board

(Translated by Google)

Off the coast of Nigeria tugboat sank to a citizen of Ukraine on board

As we learned yesterday, 30 kilometers from the coast of Nigeria in the oil field Chevron tug sank Jascon-4, IMO 9316256, flag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Tug supported the loading tanker mooring at number three barrels. The tug was owned by the company «West African Ventures Limited». The representatives of the shipowner confirmed flooding their tug. According to preliminary information, the cause of the flooding were bad weather conditions.

On board were 16 crew members. At the moment, they are all missing. According to information available to us in tow as a senior mechanic working citizen of Ukraine.

Currently on the site of the tragedy are continuing search operations. Nigeria has mobilized emergency services navy and air force to search for the ship’s crew Jascon-4.

Representatives of the owner, the company «West African Ventures Limited», confirmed the ship wreck Jascon-4, but more abstain from any official statements until the end of exploration and investigation of the accident.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine informed about the incident, but has so far refrained from making any official statements.” – seafarersjournal.com

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The cause of this sinking appears to differ in the various accounts, rough seas, flooding & tow line snap are all given. They may not be mutually exclusive. 

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