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Terminal operators oppose govt over new tank farm in Apapa



Terminal operators oppose govt over new tank farm in Apapa

Port terminal operators under the umbrella of Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN), has opposed  the establishment of a new tank farm on Creek Road, Apapa.

Chairman of the association, Princess Vicky Haastrup described the approval of the tank farm by the Federal Government  as ill-timed and ill-advised.

It was learnt that the tank farm, which is under construction, has the capacity to hold up to 50 million litres of petroleum products and would attract about 800 additional trucks per day into the already congested Apapa area.

The chairman said that government should review this approval so that the problem facing the port community and residents of Apapa is not compounded.

She said in addition to bad roads and the absence of truck parks; the preponderance of tank farms and oil depots has largely contributed to the menacing gridlock in Apapa.

Princess Haastrup explained that there was an over-concentration of oil tank farms in Apapa, an area predominantly designed for port operations.

She noted: “There is now a situation where we have proliferation of oil tank farms without regards for the safety and logistics implication.

“Government needs to consider relocating even the existing tank farms out of Apapa and discontinue approval for new ones.

Haastrup also advocated more efficient traffic management system in Apapa to enhance the movement of vehicles while ongoing construction work lasts.

She stressed the  need to open up the inner roads to allow for free flow of traffic.

At present, the chairman said that several cargoes had been trapped in the port because of the bad road and the truck queues on the road.

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