Dearth of facility: Nigeria tows ship to Equatorial Guinea for repairs

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By; KAYODE ATOFOLAKI, Lagos.
A drill ship MV Pacific Bora which suffered damage at the starboard after hull off the coast of Nigeria has been towed to Malabo, Equatorial for repair as Nigeria lacks facilities to repair it.
The damaged vessel,   belonging to Pacific International Drilling West Africa’s (PIDWAL), was earlier repaired by the Harris Pye Engineering Group in Malabo.
Assistant Rig Manager, Pacific Bora, Adebo Oladipo confirmed that the vessel was taken to Equitorial guinea for repair.
He said: “We were sceptical initially because we weren’t sure of Harris Pye’s experience working off the coast of Nigeria.”
The Chief Technical Officer of the company, Chris David said that the repair was successfully evaluated and the repair was carried out in less than two weeks.
David said: “We studied the repair scope and put together a method statement to perform the repair work while the rig is afloat to avoid any dry docking and other cofferdam and divers cost in order to bring the PBA back to 100 per cent operability in less than two weeks.”
He noted that the company was initially skeptical, but later voted for the shipyard after due scrutiny.

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