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A Motor Tanker Vessel, MT KEMEPADE which was reported missing from the Lagos anchorage on Wednesday 28th September2011 has been found in a Ship Yard at Tema Habour in Ghana with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) number wipped off.If true, Ghana is not unique in having this issue. A few months ago, a hijacked tug was found in a shipyard in the Philippines, as noted here and there are previous incidents involving China.
The Vessel, which was reported missing by the owner had one sailor on board at the time of the incident.
In line with her statutory responsibilities to ensure safety and security of ships on Nigerian waters, the Management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, requested shipping in the area via radio to report sighting.
Aside of deploying Automatic Identification Tracking System (AIS),the Agency also collaborated with neigbouring countries such as Togo, Liberia and Benin through their Maritime Rescue Coordination Centers (MRCCs) to enhance the search operation.
Five days later, the Vessel was found in a Ship Yard at Tema Habour in Ghana with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) number completely wipped off.
While the Agency is yet to determin the fate of the sole crew member onboard at the time of dissapearance, NIMASA is liaising with Ghanian Authorities for further investigation.
Meanwhile, the agency has issued a stearn warning to all those who engage in illegal business in the nation’s territorial waters to desist from such acts henceforth.(sic)