By Timi Black
Tragedy as a floating Production, Storage and Offloading, FPSO, vessel exploded in Escravos river in Delta State on Thursday.
Congress gathered that about 13 persons have been declared missing as the vessel exploded into huge fire on Wednesday February 2, 2022 morning.
The cause of the fire was still sketchy, as heavy rescue operation was ongoing at the time of filing this report.
According to a statement by the Chief Executive Officer of Shebah Exploration and Production Company Ltd, who confirmed the incident, said no fatality was recorded at the time of filing this report.
The statement read partly: “The management of Shebah Exploration & Production Company Ltd (SEPCOL) in
RECEIVERSHIP hereby announce the unfortunate incident of a fire that engulfed our offshore facility, the FPSO Trinity Spirit located at the Ukpokiti Terminal, following an explosion during the early hours of Wednesday, 2nd of February 2022.
“The cause of the explosion is currently being investigated and we are working with necessary parties to contain the situation.
“At this time there are no reported fatalities, but we can confirm that there were ten crewmen on board the vessel prior to the incident and we are prioritizing investigations with respect to their safety and security.
“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.
“We have duly notified all relevant authorities and we appeal to the members of the public to stay away from the area while our Crisis Management Team continues to monitor the situation and update all stakeholders with new information as the investigation evolves.”