French Tuna Vessel Sinks Off Liberia’s Coast 

The French-owned vessel, Avel Vor

A French Tuna fishing vessel identified as “Avel Vor” has sunk in Liberia’s territorial water, the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) has disclosed. The vessel acquired a Liberian license to operate in the country’s waters.  

A statement from NaFAA says that the vessel sunk about 180 nautical miles off the Liberian coast after it struck an unidentified underwater object. 

“The vessel was on its way sailing to fishing grounds when, in the evening of October 27, it struck an unidentified underwater object,” says NaFAA.

23 crew members, including 10 Frenchmen, and a fishery observer, were saved by three other Tuna Vessels nearby. 

“In the morning of October 29, 2019, it disappeared from the radar. Another tuna fishing vessel “Pendruc” remained in the area with part of the crew. At daylight, there was no trace of the ship. The Pendruc recovered floating objects that could be dangerous for navigation,” NaFAA reports. 

Also, the Fisheries Monitoring Center (FMC) of NaFAA, says that the Avel Vor Vessel record 20,000 kilograms of Tuna, and like species catch on board. However, NaFAA did not tell whether they recovered the catch.

“The entry report received by the Fisheries Monitoring Center (FMC) of NaFAA further disclosed that 20,000 kg of Tuna and Tuna-like species were on board the French Tuna Vessel,” the report says. 

Furthermore, the Fisheries Monitoring Center has established that the vessel entered the Liberian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) on October 26, 2019 at 23:09:32. 

Investigation on the cause of the shipwreck

NaFAA has meanwhile established based on data that the Avel Vor Vessel got hit by a yet unidentified object before entering Liberia’s territorial water.

“Three days after the vessel had sailed from Abidjan, and was headed towards its fishing ground, some crew members heard a sound on the hull that could be a shock to an unidentified floating object. The bilge alarm of the engine room was triggered, and it flooded rapidly so that the pumps could not cope with the incoming water, leading the Captain to have ordered the abandonment of the vessel, according to NaFAA. 


  1. You’re right, Eaddy. Whenever a fishing license is obtained, there should be a Liberian on board who will be able to learn how modern fishing is done. There will come a time when the need arises for us to fish and sell.

    I eat salmon about two to three times a week. I am not a tuna person. But that doesn’t mean because I don’t eat tuna it is good for our tuna farm that exists off the coast should be wiped out.

    We in Africa sometimes wonder how slavery could have been done by imperialist Europe nearly 400 years ago. The answer is that slavery was successful because our Kings and chiefs benefited in slavery. Once the bozos (the kings and chiefs) were given tobacco and hats, they gave orders for their very own to be lined up and put on ships.

    In a funny way, it is my assumption that the 400-year old trick is actively at work. Look, it’s good news to hear that the French and others including South Korea and China have obtained licences from the Liberian government. But it is very, very possible that before such licences were obtained (this time not with helments and tobacco) money played an important role. So the question is……. what’s really wrong with us?


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