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NIMASA’s Swiftly Deploys Search And Rescue Team For Majestic Rig Incident

ByHybridNewsNg

Aug 17, 2023


In a resolute demonstration of its commitment to ensuring maritime safety and environmental preservation, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has promptly dispatched a proficient team of Search and Rescue professionals along with marine accident investigators to the site of the recent Majestic Rig incident.

The rig, owned by Depthwize Nigeria Limited, capsized in the vicinity of Ovhor, located in the picturesque region of Warri, Delta State.
Underpinning its mission of fostering secure shipping practices and safeguarding our oceans’ integrity, NIMASA has sprung into action, exemplifying its core mandate.

The incident involved an exploration rig, flying the Panama flag, which has been operational within Nigerian waters since 2016, yet lacking the necessary approvals from NIMASA, as per regulatory requisites.

The Majestic Rig, classified by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and comprising an inland water drilling barge measuring an impressive 232 feet in length, and boasting a formidable drilling capacity extending up to 30,000 feet, experienced an unfortunate collapse during its journey from N04, 30:34 / E00543:57 to its destination, Ovhor 21, an integral part of the SEPLAT Oil field situated within Delta State.

Taking a proactive stance, NIMASA has established lines of communication with the Clean Nigerian Associate, an amalgamation of International Oil Companies (IOCs) at the forefront of Tier 2 oil spill mitigation.

The collaboration aims to ascertain the extent of the spillage resulting from the incident, underscoring NIMASA’s dedication to prompt and efficient environmental management.

Furthermore, NIMASA is in active dialogue with representatives from SEPLAT Energy Limited, who chartered the ill-fated Rig. The corporation is anticipated to formally report the occurrence within the stipulated 24-hour timeframe, adhering to the protocols outlined in the Merchant Shipping Act of 2007.

This noteworthy development serves as a reminder to the public to remain informed and attuned to the proactive measures being undertaken by NIMASA and relevant stakeholders, in their unwavering commitment to maritime safety, ecological balance, and prompt response during unforeseen incidents of this nature.

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