About eleven persons have been rescued from NIKO IVANKA vessel that sank six nautical miles off the coast of Marshall city while in route to Maryland County. Those rescued according to the report are about 10 men, one woman, seven crewmen that are Liberians, one Chinese, and one Syrian.
Addressing a press conference in Monrovia, the head of the Liberia Maritime Authority Commissioner Len Eugene Nagbe said NIKO IVANKA, a locally registered vessel trading between the ports of Monrovia and Harper cities sank on Sunday, off the coast of Marshall city with a crew onboard consisting of nine persons.
Commissioner Nagbe further disclosed that , the NIKO IVANKA vessel, which was licensed to transport only cargo or goods, to the leeward areas in Liberia was declared unfit for sea due to its deplorable conditions.
NIKO IVANKA Vessle was constructed in Marshall, Margibi County and commissioned by Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor in 2018.
According to Nagba, nine personnel of the West African Examination Council were onboard as passengers.
Meanwhile Authorities of WAEC Liberia have announced the postponement of the 2020/2021 WAEC Exams due to the unfortunate sinking of a vessel.
Speaking via phone from Lofa County, the Communications Director of WAEC Liberia, Prince Nagba said the vessel was transporting nine of WAEC Liberia’s staff (with exam peppers) from the Free Port of Monrovia to Maryland capsized and are yet to be found.