Product Shipping and Trading S.A. reports that a vessel under their management, the M/T ELIXIR (IMO No 9282510), was involved in a collision on 19 October, 2015 with a barge, the M/T TANK (IMO No 8681460), in international waters approximately 65nm off the Nigerian coast. Since 19 October the master of the M/T ELIXIR has been serving as the on-scene commander for search and rescue operations. Of the 12 crewman believed to have been on board the M/T TANK, three of its crewmen have been rescued and one body has been recovered by the M/T ELIXIR, which has been turned over to local authorities.
As part of the investigation initiated by the Nigerian Maritime Administration & Safety Agency (NIMASA), the M/T ELIXIR has been detained until the investigation is completed.
There is no imminent danger to the safety of the M/T ELIXIR, its crew, or to the environment.
Product Shipping and Trading S.A.’s top priorities are:
To keep conducting search and rescue efforts,
To protect the safety of the crew, all responders and workers on the scene,
To ensure the safety and integrity of the vessel,
and minimize any impact on the environment.
Product Shipping and Trading S.A. has activated its emergency response plan and is cooperating with NIMASA.
The M/T ELIXIR is a products tanker registered in the Marshall Islands.
Media point of contact: Tim O’Leary +1 281 352 7740.