Acting Co-ordinating Manager, ACPML, Fidi Ahmadu who revealed this, said it was in addition to those delivered in 2014, in the furtherance of its responsibilities as enshrined in its agreement with the Federal Government through the management of Nigerian Ports Authority.
Speaking at the unveiling of the trucks and mini oil spill response stores at Finger Jetty, Tin Can Island Port Complex, Apapa, Lagos, the Acting Co-ordinating Manager, ACPML, Fidi Ahmadu, said the procurement of additional specialised trucks and mini oil spill response stores was in line with the company’s desire to discharge its functions effectively.
The Regional Manager, South West, ACPML, Mrs. Oyenike Shobowale, disclosed that the firm would take delivery of more trucks and equipment soon.
In order to ensure that other parts of the country would benefit from the services rendered by the firm, she said that some of the trucks and equipment would be deploy in the ports situated in other pilotage districts such as Calabar and Port Harcourt.
The Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Manager, ACPML, Kingsley Okojie, said the trucks had the capacity to compress 20 cubic metres of recyclable and non-recyclable waste.
He said, “The mini oil spill response stores can be used on land and water by hooking it to a truck or speed boat and deploy in the scene of oil spill.
“With these mini oil spill response stores, the spread of oil spill can be curtailed to avert further damage to the environment. Though oil spill containment is not our primary role, the procurement of the various items in the mini oil spill response stores are meant to address any oil spill that may occur in the port environment.”
The Executive Director, Marine and Operations, NPA, Mr. David Omonibeke, commended the ACPML for the strides made since it signed the build, own, operate and transfer agreement with the Federal Government over a decade ago.
Omonibeke, represented by the NPA General Manager, Health, Safety and Environment, Lawrence Alabi, said, “You are doing well. In fact, you are one of our worthy partners in the task of fulfilling the provisions of MARPOL and we are very proud of the achievements you have made over the years.
“In a recent meeting at the IMO headquarters in the United Kingdom, we made it clear that we are not lagging behind in addressing the provisions of MARPOL.”