The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) said it has confiscated a vessel, MT JAZI, which was intercepted on February 11 while discharging an allegedly contaminated 1.5 million litres of petrol at the Nakem Jetty at Kirikiri, Lagos.
Represented by the Lagos Zonal Operations Controller, Mr. Wole Akinmosoye, the DPR Director, Mr. Mordecai Ladan, told newsmen yesterday that after thorough investigations, the agency found that the vessel was not authorised to deliver product at the depot.
“We proceeded immediately to halt the discharge and fiscalised the tanks at Nakem Depot sequel to 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,” he said.
“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.”
According to Ladan, samples drawn from the tanks at the facility for laboratory analysis confirmed the product as off-specification and short of the standard specifications of any white product, having failed all basic parameters, especially in regards to lour, flashpoint and specific gravity.
Meanwhile, he disclosed that the agency has sealed the depot since February 12, while the product would be evacuated subsequently for quarantine.
Ladan added: “We wish to use this medium to reiterate our position on zero tolerance for unlading of off-spec product in the facilities. Depot operators should be reminded that the agency will not tolerate landing of products of untraceable source.”
He further warned depot operators to be dully guided and adhere strictly to the existing laws on vessel berthing and discharge operations, which are restricted to sunrise and sunset only.