02 August 2017, Sweetcrude, Lagos – The Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, says it is currently investigating the recent fire at the Calabar free trade zone facility.
The fire incident occurred at the Linc Oil and Gas tank farm located at the free trade zone facility on Sunday, July 16, 2017.
The NPA said it has commenced an investigation into the sad event with the aim of working with other organisations to ascertain the cause and to prevent a recurrence of such in the future.
It stated that as part of the measures to forestall future occurrence, it has been in touch with the Cross River State Government on the urgent serious safety concerns over Esuk-Utan Beach residences right in the middle of an industrial area.
The company reiterated its commitment to the safety of operators and agencies as well as customers within its facilities nationwide.
It commended the efforts of the NPA and Calabar free trade zone firemen “who put their lives on the line to prevent the spread of the terrible inferno”. “This is in addition to the deployment of our Tug Boat MV Zaria that provided support from the waterfront,” the company said in a statement by I. S. Nasiru, Principal Manager, Public Affairs.
NPA also commiserated with the Cross River State Government and families of people who lost their lives in the incident.