As loading resumes at Mosimi depot in Ogun State, no fewer than 10 vessels laden with 125,500 metric tons of various petroleum products have been stranded on Lagos water channel since March, 2017, New Telegraph has learnt.
The products, which are expected at seven different jetties in the last three weeks, are premium motor spirit (PMS), diesel and Jet A1. These products arrived at Lagos anchorage and are awaiting berthing space. According to Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA)’s shipping position, six of the vessels are being expected at Ibafon jetty with 41,000 metric tons of diesel, Jet A1 and petrol.
Vessels waiting for berthing space with diesel are MT Althea with 2,500 metric tons; MT Ematha, 9,000 metric tons; MT Grace, 5,000 metric tons and MT Tom Gyda, 8,500 metric tons. Also expected at the jetty are MT Grace laden with 5,000 metric tons of Jet A1 and MT Sun Light 1 with 10,000 metric tons of petrol.
At Deepwater jetty, two vessels with diesel- MT Anuket Opal and MT Ungieshi are expected to discharge 10,000 metric tons and 5,000 metric tons of diesel respectively, while MT Admiral will offload 15,000 metric tons of PMS at Obat. In the shipping document, other jetties waiting to receive petroleum products include SB Bakare and Dantata.
MT OC Redemer with 2,500 metric tons is destined for SB Bakare, while Christain Krik with 38,000 metric tons of petrol is expected at Dantata. Meanwhile, petroleum products have continued to dominate imports in the last two months as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and petroleum marketers received foreign exchange to facilitate importation of products.
The corporation noted that it has re-commissioned the strategic 479.2 kilometres System 2B petroleum products pipeline network linking the Atlas Cove Jetty to Mosimi-Ejigbo-Ibadan and the Ilorin depots.
It would be recalled that the corporation said that its facility would enhance seamless distribution of petroleum products nationwide, especially with the envisaged resumption of loading activities at Mosimi, Ejigbo and Ibadan depots.
Already, Calabar and Aba depots have been stocked with diesel. With the new supply from Atlas Cove to Mosimi, there are fears that the importers will begin to experience delay before they discharge their fuel at the various petroleum jetties and wharves in Lagos.
The Mosimi depot has been down since May, 2016 due to the activities of pipeline vandals along the Atlas Cove- Mosimi Pipeline right of way.