Ministry of Works and Transport has appointed an investigations team to conduct investigations into the Tuesday

The Ministry of Works and Transport has appointed an investigations team to conduct investigations into the Tuesday sinking of the Hangana Seafood-owned Resplendent fishing vessel at Walvis Bay.

The team consists of a master mariner, a retired skipper and two Government marine surveyors and investigations were scheduled to start today, according to the ministry in an update statement on the incident issued by Chief Public Relations Officer, Julius Ngweda yesterday.

The final report for the investigations is expected to be completed by 20 March 2020.

The Resplendent vessel owned and operated by Hangana Seafood, a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver and List Group of Companies, on Tuesday sank at the fishing grounds in the Namibian Exclusive Economic Zone at Walvis Bay.

The 27-crew vessel was believed to be steered by Carlo Gordon as the skipper who, despite ongoing search efforts, has not been located yet.

The ministry lauded Gordon's prudent seamanship, which means taking responsibility for the safety of others on board before his own.

He joins a distinguished list of ship captains who, in the face of imminent and grave danger to themselves, chose to be the last one off, if not the one to go down with the ship, the ministry stated.

Source: Namibia Press Agency