…As Venezuelan official plans to crash UN meeting on migrant crisis***
The Dangote Oil Refinery jetty located at the Lekki Free Trade Zone, Lagos, has received its first ever ship call, named “BBC Naples” berthed at the new jetty on Sunday evening to deliver essential equipment for ongoing construction work at the Dangote Refinery.
The 132 metres long, 9,755 tonnes general cargo ship is operated by BB Chartering, while Hull Blyth Nigeria Limited is the ship agent.
The ship, which arrived the Dangote Refinery jetty at 18.18 hours on Sunday after a 40-day voyage, loaded its cargoes for the Dangote Oil Refinery at Jebel Ali, is United Arab Emirates and Richards Bay, South Africa.
Commenting on the historic ship call, the Managing Director of BBC Chartering Mideast Limited, Mr Denis Bandura, said, “Today our vessel ‘BBC Naples’ arrived at the Dangote Lekki Jetty. It is the maiden call at the newly constructed jetty, and BBC Chartering is very proud to have partnered with Dangote Group to make this milestone a reality.
“The vessel is delivering essential equipment for the construction of Dangote Oil Refinery, and BBC Chartering remains committed to provide its full capacity at a strategic level to ensure the successful delivery of this very important project.”
The Managing Director of Hull Blyth, Christian Holm also expressed delight at the berthing of the ship.
He said, “Hull Blyth is honored to oversee the first vessel – ‘BBC Naples’ – at the Dangote Lekki Jetty. The unrelenting effort of Dangote Group, Nigerian Ports Authority, and BBC Chartering has made the opening of the jetty a reality, and it starts a new important phase in the construction of the Dangote Oil Refinery.
“Hull Blyth has a long history of logistic support to Dangote Group, and the oil refinery project has utmost priority as it will provide decisive benefit to Nigeria for many years to come.”
With a projected capacity of 650,000 barrels per day, the Dangote Refinery is expected to be the world’s biggest single-train facility upon completion in 2020.
The multi-billion dollars refinery will produce various petroleum products including Euro-V quality gasoline and diesel, as well as jet fuel and polypropylene.
In the meantime, Venezuela’s foreign minister said Monday that he is ready to crash a meeting at the United Nations called to help surrounding countries struggling to deal with the flood of migrants fleeing his nation’s economic crisis.
Organized by Colombia, the meeting Tuesday is designed to set up a fund for countries overwhelmed by the masses of Venezuelan escaping poverty and hunger.
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said he will show to make his own demands — starting with $500 million to finance the repatriation of Venezuelans eager to return home.
“We have plans to attend that meeting and take advantage of the context,” Arreaza told reporters at the entrance to the United Nations.
Colombian President Ivan Duque didn’t directly say Venezuela would be barred from the meeting, but he hinted at that by saying the session will be open to nations that promote democratic ideals.
“I want to be very clear on this, Venezuela is in a dictatorship, and what we are going to have here is a forum for countries that defend democracy,” Duque told reporters.
Though a once-wealthy oil-producing nation, Venezuela has plunged into an economic and political crisis after two decades of socialist rule. President Nicolas Maduro often blames the problems on what he says is an “economic war” being waged on Venezuela by the United States and other imperialist powers.
The huge number of Venezuelans leaving their homeland to escape severe shortages of food, medicine and other basics is threatening to destabilize the region. Their countrymen remaining behind struggle to afford what little food is available amid hyperinflation and a crumbling infrastructure has crippled vital services like water and electricity.
Arreaza said that in past years, Venezuela was a place of refuge for many people escaping violence and instability in other parts of Latin America, such as five decades of civil conflict in neighboring Colombia.
“And also, why not, then, if that’s the case, request resources to compensate Venezuela for the investment it has made to take in at least six million Latin Americans, most of whom are Colombians living in our country,” he said.
Venezuela’s crisis has caused many Colombians to return home, but it is unclear how many.
Roughly 1.6 million native Venezuelans have left their country since the beginning of 2015 due to the economic crisis, the majority remaining in South America, according to United Nations’ figures.
Arreaza rejected a claim by many leaders of neighboring countries that Venezuela is to blame for the departure of Venezuelans.
“Imagine that we used the argument of Colombian migration to attack Colombia or to denounce it before international entities,” he said.
Duque and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence are expected to open the meeting, which is likely to be attended by foreign ministers from several Latin American countries and officials of United Nations agencies.
The Nation with additional report from Fox