10 Feared Dead After Oil Vessel Explodes

A 46-year-old Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel TRINITY SPIRIT with a capacity to process up to 22,000 barrels of oil per day, inject up to 40,000 barrels of water per day and store 2 million barrels of oil, has exploded and sunk at the Ukpokiti Terminal, Nigeria on Wednesday 2nd February.

Ten people working aboard the vessel were reported missing and presumed killed.

Details about the incident are scarce. Local media outlets report that there were one or more explosions aboard the vessel early on Wednesday followed by the raging fire. 

The owner of the vessel SEPCOL (Shebah Exploration & Production Company Ltd) issued a brief statement saying that the vessel had caught fire after an explosion confirming that 10 people were working aboard the vessel. They said that attempts to contain the situation were being made with help from local communities and other oil fields companies working in the area.

“The cause of the explosion is currently being investigated and we are working with necessary parties to contain the situation,” said the company’s chief executive Ikemefuna Okafor in the written statement. “We appreciate the assistance provided us by the Clean Nigeria Associates, the Chevron team operating in the nearby Escravos facility, and our community stakeholders as well as fishermen, who have been of tremendous assistance since the incident happened.”

Nigerian officials said efforts were underway to contain the environmental damage to the vessel and that they planned to conduct a full investigation into the cause of the fire.

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