NPA, Customs Probe TICT Tanker Fire

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The Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, the Nigeria Customs Service NCS and the Nigeria Police have opened investigations into the fire incident which occurred on the Tin Can Island Container Terminal ,TCIT, on Monday evening, with a view to assessing the extent of damage suffered by affected containers.

The investigations however commenced, even as the NPA issued a rejoinder denying that the fire, which gutted a petrol tanker on the terminal, was a minor incident, without major damage, either to life or cargo.

An informed ports source who spoke on condition of anonymity stated that the combined team, which also included representatives of the terminal operators, took the proactive decision to ensure that where any significant damage may have been done to the imported containers numbering about 20, their importers may be appropriately compensated by the terminal operator’s insurance company.

The Ports Authority spokesman, Godday Ihende has indicated that the PAP does not suspect any foul play, over the fire incident.

“I think it was just a mere accident. It was a generator that caused the fire. There was really no foul play” he stated further, adding nobody was either wounded or died in the course of the incident.

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NPA spokesman, General Manager, Public Affairs, Chief Michael Ajayi insisted that though there was a fire incident on the terminal, “the damage was not extensive”.

“It is true that there was a fire incident at the stacking area of Terminal 4b operated by Tin can Island Container Terminal (TICT) at about 16.15 hrs of Monday 23rd April, 2012.

“A diesel truck while dispensing fuel into a Rubber Tyre Gantry (RTG) at the stacking area of Terminal 4b had a burst hose which spilled fuel on the generator being used for that purpose and this resulted in fire outbreak. Consequently, the heat of the fire affected a 40 foot container.

—Esther Komolafe