Mystery surrounds sinking of Danish offshore vessel

Oct 24, 2003
Author: P&S

Eleven seafarers are feared dead after an offshore service vessel Stevns Power sank in 80 metres of water close to the Bonny offshore oil terminal about 50 nautical miles from Port Harcourt in Nigeria last Sunday (19 October 2003).

Nigerian maritime authorities immediately despatched several search and rescue vessels, but no survivors have been found.

The 560-dwt vessel carried a crew consisting of six Filipinos, two Congolese and three Danes.

According to reports there was an explosion on the ship after which the 1976-built vessel turned over and sank within minutes, apparently taking the crew with her who either had no time or were unable to abandon ship.

Earlier Stevns Power had dropped anchor adjacent to a larger offshore vessel, Maersk Terrier, whose crew witnessed the sinking. The owner of Stevns Power told a Danish newspaper he couldn’t explain why the crew were unable to abandon the ship before she sank so suddenly.

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