DPR seizes vessel laden with adultrated fuel

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The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has seized a vessel – MT JAZI loaded with 1. 5 million of contaminated petroleum product while discharging at Nakem Jetty, Kirikiri, Lagos.

The Director of DPR, Mr. Mordecai Ladan, who was represented by Zonal Operations Controllers, Lagos, DPR, Mr. Wole Akinmosoye, told reporters in Lagos yesterday that the vessel was intercepted on February 11 while discharging at the jetty.

After much investigation by the Department, it was discovered that the vessel did not have DPR’s authorisation to deliver product at the depot. According to the director, “we proceeded immediately to halt the discharge and fiscalised the tanks at Nakem depot, after which we discovered that the facility was stocking a total of 1.5 million litres of petroleum product suspected to be discharged by the vessel.

“The vessel is still under the custody of the Nigerian Navy for more investigation. We wish to reiterate that DPR has no record of any product importation by Nakem. We also have no record of any throughput arrangement of the facility with a third party for product storage at the time.”

Ladan said the agency subsequently took samples from the tanks at the facility for laboratory analyses, adding that it was confirmed that the product is actually off specification. He said that the product failed all the basic parameters especially as regards odour, flashpoint and specific gravity.

The DPR chief stated that the product at Nakem does not meet the standard specifications of any white product. He said the depot has been sealed by the agency since February 12 and the vessel MT JAZI was under Nigerian Navy custody, adding that the product would eventually be evacuated for quarantine by the appropriate government agency.

“We wish to use this medium to reiterate our position on zero tolerance to illegal activities in the depots across the nation and unlading of off-spec product in the facilities. As we have always stressed, depot operators should be reminded that the agency will not tolerate landing of products of untraceable source at the depots,” Ladan said.

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