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How we responded to distressed trawler off Bonny coast -NLNG

NLNG MD, Tony Attah
NLNG
Some photographs taken from NLNG’s tugboat involved in the rescue mission.

The Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG) has denied a news story that it refused to refused to respond to a distress call by a trawler 45 Kilometres SW of Bonny Fairway Buoy.

The company, in a statement by Andy Odeh, its Manager, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, said the report and claims are false and misleading, stressing that NLNG promptly dispatched a long range security boat to the location for the purpose of rescuing the distressed vessel.

He said that the very next day, NLNG, again, sent a tug boat with firefighting capabilities and two security boats to the same location in response to reports of a fishing boat on fire. He said the tugboat put out the fire and the crew of the security boats doused small fires in the fish hold.

The statement said further that the NLNG has caring as one of its core values and has consistently been exhibiting this value both for people and the environment in which it operates, to the extent that it was recently awarded “The Best Caring Company” by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) for its outstanding contributions to the realisation of the agency’s mandate on safety on the waterways, especially the Bonny-Port Harcourt sea route.

Odeh also pointed out that at the award event, NIMASA commended NLNG for the rescue of 12 victims of a boat mishap on the Bonny Sea on 19 November 2018.

Full text of the statement

Our attention has been drawn to a report in a national newspaper regarding Nigeria LNG Limited’s (NLNG) response to a distress call by a trawler 45 Kilometres SW of Bonny Fairway Buoy.

  • Claims in the report that NLNG failed to respond to a distress call are false and misleading.
  • On receiving the distress call at around 2107hrs on February 6, 2019, NLNG responded by dispatching a long range security boat to the location. On getting there, the crew of the long range boat found other sister vessels engaged in rescuing the crew of a distressed trawler, MV Orc IV. The boat returned to base after confirming that the trawler boat crew had been rescued by sister vessels.
  • At 1320hrs on February 7, 2019, after reports of a fishing boat on fire in the same location, NLNG sent a tug boat with firefighting capabilities and two security boats. The tugboat put out the fire and the crew of the security boats doused small fires in the fish hold.
  • In line with one of our core values of Caring, we continue to exhibit care for people and the environment to enhance safety and sustainability through partnership with relevant agencies.
  • Recently, NLNG was recognised with “The Best Caring Company” award by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) for its outstanding contributions to the realisation of the agency’s mandate on safety on the waterways, especially the Bonny-Port Harcourt sea route which borders our area of operation in Rivers State.
  • At the event, NIMASA commended NLNG for the rescue of 12 victims of a boat mishap on the Bonny Sea on 19 November 2018.

 

 

 

 

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