FUEL SCARCITY SCARE: 18 Ships Arrive Lagos With 695,292 Metric Tonnes Of Petroleum Products 

Even as Nigeria continues to battle with the fear of insufficient supply of petrol in some part of the country, including Lagos, Shipping Position Daily investigations last week have shown that not less than 10 vessels will be arriving at various jetties in Lagos this week, while eight which had arrived earlier are expected to have fully discharged their content over the weekend.

The 18 vessels are laden with a total of 357, 396 metric tonnes of fuel for discharge in Lagos.

According to information provided by the Nigerian Ports Authority, one of the vessels, Elandra Corallo is expected to discharge 37,766 MT of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also known as petrol at Atlas Cove Jetty on Sunday 14th of April 2019(yesterday).

On Monday, 15th of April, a vessel called St James will also discharge 38,000MT of petrol at the Atlas Cove Jetty.

Other vessels discharging at the Atlas Cove jetty include: Nord Sustainable expected with 37, 562mt, BW Marlin coming with 38,000mt, another vessel called High Sea is coming with 37,986mt. MT Hafnia Atlantic is laden with 37,951MT and MT Lacerta with 37,868MT.

At the Single Mooring Buoy, nine vessels are discharging different petroleum products, they are; MT New Century with 61,343mt, MT Nord Valorous with 37,398 metric tonnes, AdmoreSealifter with 36,000 metric tonnes, Ocean Breeze with 37,332mt, Bora Bora with 37,000mt, MSK Torshau with 36,604mt, MT Central with 37,000mt.

Others are; BW Danube with 60,000mt, Jinan with 30,499mt, MT Hamburg Star with 59,988mt of products. This is in addition to Ocean Princess which is expected to have discharged 34,995mt at Bulk Oil Plant (BOP). 

Meanwhile, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has assured that the apprehension about impending fuel scarcity was unfounded, saying there is enough petroleum products stocked in 55 fuel depots across the country.

The NNPC spokesperson, Ndu Ughamadu, advised motorists and other petroleum products consumers not to engage in panic buying.

Ughamadu said 23 depots in Lagos, seven in Port Harcourt, 11 in Warri, six in Calabar and eight in Kaduna were fully stocked with with products.

In addition, he said two vessels laden with 50 million litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), otherwise called petrol would arrive at the shores of Nigeria from Friday.

He cautioned depot owners or terminal operators not to sell petrol above the official ex-depot price of N133.28k per litre.

The corporation also advised petroleum products marketers not to sell the product above N145 per litre.

The NNPC said the subsisting ex-depot petrol price of N133.28k per litre was consistent with the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency’s (PPPRA) petroleum products pricing template and should be adhered to.