The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) have been urged to settle their operational issues on the detained gas vessel “Navigator Capricorn”.
The Nigerian Association of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketers (NALPGAM) executive secretary, Bassey Essien, made the plea in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos.
Essien said that the inability to attend to the issues of ‘Navigator Capricorn’ detained by NIMASA on time could lead to scarcity of gas in the industry.
He said that the vessel, which was charted by NLNG to discharge cooking gas to Lagos terminal, had remained in NIMASA’s custody for about five days. According to him, if the vessel remains detained longer than necessary, it can lead to scarcity of LPG.
Essien said that already the price had started galloping from 3.80m /20MT within a few days to 4.25m /20MT.
“If the vessel is delayed longer than expected, it is going to bring gap from the supply chain and if the gap is not replenished in the stock where it’s being discharged, there is going to be scarcity. Some people will capitalize on this to increase the price at the domestic market. I appeal that whatever is the issues between the two bodies, they should try to resolve it as soon as possible,’’ he said.
Also, the Manager, Communications and Public Affairs of NLNG, Andy Odey confirming the detention of the vessel by NIMASA, said: “We are aware of the detained chartered vessel used by NLNG to deliver LPG to Lagos terminal.
“The owner has been engaging with NIMASA on the issues. Moreso, as at Saturday, the confirmation I heard was that the vessel had been released to the owners,” Odey said.
He confirmed that the product had been discharged in Lagos and the little break would not in any way affect pricing at the domestic market.
“The issue of contravention is between NIMASA and the vessel owners. I don’t have details of what exactly they have agreed on, but the vessel has been discharged by NIMASA,” Odey said.
Meanwhile, Isichei Osamgbi, Head, Corporate Communications, NIMASA told NAN that it was a normal government operational procedure and that the vessel had been released.