Ship trackers have been unable to identify the name of a vessel that capsized six days ago, creating a national emergency in Tobago as oil floods onto the island’s southwest coastline of the Caribbean.
Divers were unable to verify the International Maritime Organization registration number of the capsized 100m-long vessel, saying the volume of oil leaking from the vessel was obscuring the view. Divers located a tow cable attached to the vessel, suggesting it was potentially being towed somewhere when it ran into difficulty last Wednesday. The ship is stuck on a reef, with huge amounts of debris on the seabed reported by divers.
Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Keith Rowley declared the accident a national emergency after visiting the scene and seeing the many miles of coastline soaked in oil. He suggested the vessel could have been involved in “illicit” activities.
The name of the ship and its owner remain a mystery six days after the crisis began.
“By reviewing read traffic during this time around Tobago, we cannot locate the vessel or a tugboat operation in the area,” said a spokesperson for MarineTraffic, a major ship tracking service. Splash yesterday.