The 60 meter long, 1400 dwt tanker Tamaya 1 went ashore near Robertsport, Liberia. The tanker had been last reported off Dakar on April 22 before drifting onto the beach in Liberia on May 4. When authorities boarded the vessel, they found there was no crew on board. Local reports suspect the owner was unable to pay the crew. Thus, the crew decided to abandon the tanker off Dakar. No reports of any pollution released. Liberia authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
Update May 7
The mystery deepens around the grounding of the Tamaya 1. The Liberian newspaper, The New Dawn, reports that three unknown men were spotted fleeing the vessel around the same time a fire broke out in the captain’s cabin. Authorities have boarded the tanker, but have not stated if the incident was tied to looting or the destruction of evidence. There are additional rumors that the cause of the abandonment of the tanker was either due to piracy or illegal dumping off the coast.