Second oil vessel splits in two at Tema
13 Dec 2018 - by Staff reporter
Just six months after an oil tanker vessel loaded with 1 200 metric-tons of light crude oil split into two at the Tema Port anchorage, there’s been a repeat incident with the oil vessel MT Anthony from Lagos splitting in half at the port.
According to a report on the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) website, all ten crew members escaped unhurt. The oil vessel has been operating in the waters of Ghana for three years.
“A visit by the crew revealed that one half of the vessel had been burnt and sources say it was as a result of some residents of Tema New Town who moved into the drifted half to fight over a pump,” GPA reports. “In the process, it was alleged that one of the residents set the vessel in flames.”
This was after GPHA’s marine department had towed the other half of the vessel from the anchorage to the Tema New Town area to prevent it from sinking, a port spokesman said.