The sinking vessel. INSET: The crew members
MV MADANFO, a Ghanaian fishing vessel owned by Panofi Company Limited, and loaded with salt and tuna fish, sank off the Tema Port yesterday while about 40 sailors were discharging the goods from it.
Captain King Kyung and the other members of the crew – Korean nationals – and a Ghanaian, have been arrested by security personnel at the Port and handed over to the Tema Regional Police Command. Caution statements have since been taken from them.
But they have been released to seek medical attention and report to the police tomorrow for further investigations.
No casualty was recorded but the sailors looked traumatized as well as some officials of the Port who expressed shock at the incident.
Other sailors who earlier noticed the vessel sinking quickly ran out of it but they managed to salvage some of their personal properties before it completely grounded.
Joana Adda, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GHPHA), who confirmed the sinking vessel to DAILY GUIDE, said that the incident started at about 2:20 pm while the workers were offloading cargo from the vessel.
According to her, “The incident occurred as a result of imbalance and failure of the captain to adhere to directive given by the Port.”
She explained that the Port State Control – a body responsibility to ensure that vessels are sea-worthy before berthing – advised the captain on what to do for a safe berthing but he (captain) paid less attention to it until the vessel began sinking.
The Port PRO was of the view that penalties would be slapped on the company.
From Vincent Kubi, Tema