The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is actively engaged in monitoring the recent crude oil spill incident that occurred during loading operations in Egina on November 15, 2023, at approximately 6:30 am.
Working in close coordination with the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) and the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), NIMASA operates from its Crisis Management Room (CMR), utilizing cutting-edge oil spill monitoring software at the Emergency Response Center to track the situation in real-time.
Though the exact volume of the spill has not yet been confirmed, Total Energies has commenced aerial surveillance and dispersant application. Further mobilization efforts are under consideration. Additionally, the United Kingdom’s Oil Spill Response Limited is actively supporting pollution control measures.
Despite the incident, a reconnaissance survey indicates that shoreline communities—Andoni, Qua-Iboe terminals, Bonny Island, Opobo/Nkoro, and Eastern Obolo—nearest to Egina, remain unaffected by the spill.
Dr. Bashir Jamoh OFR, the Director General of NIMASA, emphasized the agency’s collaboration with various stakeholders to contain the pollution and prevent future occurrences, in compliance with the provisions of the MARPOL Convention.
“Since the incident happened, our team has been working closely with other government agencies to effectively manage and control the pollution, safeguarding the marine environment and nearby communities. While accidents happen, our subsequent actions are crucial. I am confident that the International Oil Company (IOC) Total, in partnership with NIMASA, NUPRC, NOSDRA, and international service providers, will ensure the proper management of the spill,” Dr. Jamoh stated.
Osagie Edward, FNIPR, Assistant Director of Public Relations at NIMASA, released this statement underscoring NIMASA’s proactive stance and collaborative efforts with key agencies in response to the Egina crude oil spill.