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12 missing after Chevron contractor's vessel capsized

Twelve crew members are missing after an offshore tug, Jascon 4 vessel, belonging to Chevron Nigeria Limited's contractor, West African Ventures Limited, capsized and sank in the early hours of Sunday in Delta State.

A report on www.upstreamonline.com said search had continued for the entire crew of the anchor-handling tug after it went down in rough seas off Delta State.

Chevron spokesman, Kurt Glaubitz, confirmed that a local unit of the United States supermajor, Chevron Nigeria Limited, had hired the vessel.

The company added "Initial reports indicated that heavy ocean swells caused the Jascon 4 to capsize, while performing tension tow operations of the tanker at SBM 3.

"Emergency response has commenced, including search and rescue operation with surface vessels, helicopters and divers."

CNL said the vessel sank while supporting a tanker loading at Single Mooring 3, a loading point 30 kilometres offshore in the Escravos area.

The oil major also explained that initial reports indicated that heavy ocean swells caused the Jascon 4 to capsize, while performing tension tow operations of the tanker at SBM 3.

"Chevron Nigeria Limited, operator of the NNPC/CNL Joint Venture, confirms that Jascon 4 vessel belonging to our contractor, West African Ventures Limited, capsized and sank early this morning (Sunday), while supporting a tanker loading at Single Buoy Mooring 3, a loading point 30km offshore in the Escravos area of Delta State, Nigeria," it said.

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