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Oil tanker able to carrying 2 million barrels explodes off coast of Nigeria



An oil manufacturing ship able to carrying as much as 2 million barrels of oil has exploded off the coast of Nigeria.

Based on native reviews, the Trinity Spirit exploded on the Ukpokiti oil discipline off Nigeria’s coast close to the Escravos terminal near the River Niger delta.

Dramatic video reveals the ship on fireplace with thick black smoke rising into the sky because it seems to be sinking.

The vessel is an FPSO, a floating manufacturing storage and offloading unit, which is owned by Shebah Exploration & Manufacturing Firm Ltd (SEPCOL).

A majority of these ships are utilized by the offshore oil and fuel trade for the manufacturing and processing and storage of oil and serve an analogous operate to bigger oil rigs.

The ship had ten crew members on board, chief government Ikemefuna Okafor mentioned on Thursday, in accordance with Reuters.

It isn’t believed the crew members have but been accounted for.

Footage purports to indicate 2 million barrel oil tanker exploding off coast of Nigeria

Mr Okafor mentioned investigations had been underway to ascertain the reason for the explosion whereas makes an attempt to comprise the state of affairs had been being made with assist from native communities and Chevron, which has a facility close by.

“At the moment there are not any reported fatalities, however we will verify that there have been ten crew males on board the vessel previous to the incident and we’re prioritising investigations with respect to their security and safety,” he mentioned.

Whereas it isn’t but clear how a lot oil shall be spilled by the Trinity Spirit, commentators have warned Nigeria was now dealing with its second environmental catastrophe in three months after an enormous oil spill from a disused, capped nicely head launched 20,000 barrels of oil a day for a month into the waterways of Nembe, in Nigeria’s Bayelsa state.

The affect of that spill was described as being “like Hiroshima”, by the Nigerian authorities, with the leaking oil inflicting the dying of marine life and injury to mangroves and waterways.

The explosion of the Trinity Spirit is already the fourth main oil spill this yr, after disasters in Peru, Ecuador and Thailand.

The vessel  was constructed 46 years in the past, in 1976, and has a carrying capability of 274,774 Useless Weight Tonnage (DWT) and is 337 metres lengthy and 54.5 metres broad.

Sepcol is presently in receivership and in accordance with West African web site Enterprise Day, is owned by a mix of Nigerian and abroad company entities, which embody: Abbeycourt Buying and selling Firm Restricted, Abbeycourt Petroleum Firm Restricted and Allenne Restricted.

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