There is palpable tension at the Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base (LADOL) over the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) ban Engina FPSO due to arrive in January to access the Nigerian waterways or berth at LADOL jetty.
LADOL who is local content partner of the Egina FPSO are doing everything possible to ensure NPA rescind it’s decision to ban the facility from Nigerian water over regulatory hiccups.
Recall that NPA had on Friday banned the Egina FPSO due to the refusal of the parties involved in the project to request for towage and pilotage service as required by law from it.
The Egina FPSO project is being undertaken by Korea-based Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) for TOTAL Oil Exploration, with LADOL acting as the local content partner.
In a press statement by the General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications of NPA, Abdullahi Goje, over the weekend announced that refusal of the parties involved in the project to request for towage and pilotage service from the NPA would be resisted.
Effort to speak with the Executive Director, LADOL, Dr Amy Jadesimi proved abortive as text messages sent to her since Friday are yet to be returned.
Speaking on the Engina FPSO, whose main component is currently sailing from South Korea to be coupled with its top side being fabricated at LADOL, the statement explained that the refusal of the parties involved in the project to request for towage and pilotage service from the NPA, being the only organisation empowered to provide same in the country), is contrary to the laws of the country and would be resisted.
It explained that notice has already been given to promoters of the FPSO to the effect that the vessel would not be granted access to Nigeria’s waterways and that the NPA would pursue legal remedies in its determination to ensure that no organisation impedes on the mandate of the NPA as provided in Part II of the Port Act.
Eventhough, LADOL’s Managing Director, Dr Amy Jadesimi has refused to speak to LEADERSHIP, source within had revealed to LEADERSHIP that uneasy calm has enveloped LADOL over the NPA directive.
According to a usually authoritative source, top officers in the organisation are presently lobbing top the management of the NPA inother for the decision of be rescinded.
LADOL was also in discussion with Total and Samsung over the embarrassment the impasse might have caused.
“We are currently in talk with Total, Samsung and NPA on this issue and an official statement will be released soon,” but details of the discussion were still awaited as at time of this report.Meanwhile, NPA has accused international oil companies (IOCs) of failing to pay for pilotage dues.
It said the organization has, with immediate effect, suspended service boats operations in all its pilotage districts until the full settlement of debts accruing from unpaid pilotage dues by IOCs and other beneficiaries of the services.
“The decision to stop the operation of service boats to debtor companies followed the failure and refusal of the affected companies to honour their obligations to the Authority in spite of several reminders over a couple of months to this effect.
“Given the fact that the companies, some of whose indebtedness run into tens of millions of dollars outstanding for over two years ignored the advice given by the NPA, the Authority had no choice than to pursue this course of action, which has been communicated to all companies concerned,” the statement read.