Collaboration between the Nigeria Ports authority (NPA), the Oando Petroleum, Julius Berger and Lagos Channel Management (LCM) may soon result in the development of a man-made Island of a loading centre, near Ijora Jetty, in Lagos.
The ‘Island’ which is to be used as a loading point, the Maritime First learnt would enable petroleum products laden vessels to ‘berth’, and pump products into pipes already buried deep underground. The wet cargo may thereafter, make their ways into tanks far off, on land.
With concretes sitting atop several dolphins, the Island on completion would also be fitted with some state of the art fire-fighting equipment, life jackets, buoys, and other health/ safety boosting gadgets.
It was learnt that while the facility would grant the Oando group the security of safe product delivery, it may however task the Julius Berger’s engineering ingenuity, especially in ensuring that underground installation comes out perfect; while the LCM tackles the onerous task of ensuring that giant tankers such as visiting the Atlas Cove Jetty, could also deliver its product, on the little ‘Island’.
“Everybody is working round the clock to meet the deadline” an informed source told the Maritime First, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The Managing Director of the NPA, Mallam Habib Abdullahi however declined comment on the issue, especially on the preparedness of the authority to ensure that the laudable development would not in any way, encourage environmental pollution.