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Capsized Seplat Oil Rig Operating Illegally On Nigerian Waters Since 2016 — NIMASA

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The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has disclosed that the oil rig, which capsized on Tuesday at Ovhor in Warri, Delta State, had been operating on the nation's waters illegally since 2016

In a press statement by the Head, Public Relations of the agency, Osagie Edward, on Wednesday, he said the Majestic Rig belonging to Depthwize Nigeria Limited, had been operating since 2016 without requisite approvals from the regulatory Agency.

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According to him, NIMASA has, however, dispatched a team comprising of Search and Rescue and marine accident investigation officers to the scene of the incident.

“In line with the mandate of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, which includes safe shipping and cleaner oceans, a team comprising of Search and Rescue and marine accident investigation officers have been dispatched to the scene of the incident involving the Majestic Rig belonging to Depthwize Nigeria Limited, which capsized at Ovhor in Warri, Delta State.

“Initial findings has confirmed that the ill-fated Rig is Panama Flagged and has been operating on Nigerian waters since 2016 without requisite approvals from the Agency.

“The ABS Classed inland Water Drilling 232 feet-long Barge, with a rated drilling depth of 30,000 feet collapsed where it was been towed from N04, 30:34 / E00543:57 enroute Ovhor 21 that belongs to SEPLAT Oil field in Delta State.

“NIMASA has initiated contact with the Clean Nigerian Associate, a conglomerate of all International Oil Companies (IOCs) responsible for the cleaning of Tier 2 oil spill, to establish the level of spillage at the scene of the incident.

“In addition, the Agency is in communication with officials of SEPLAT Energy Limited chatterers of the ill-fated Rig who are expected to officially report the incidence within 24 hours in line with the provisions of the Merchant Shipping Act 2007,” he stated.


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