Oil Vessel Explosion, Nigeria

<div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Description</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld"></td><td class="columns"><div class="less">A fire raged on the oil vessel that exploded at the Abuloma Jetty, Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Friday July 20th, 2012. </div><a class="seemore" href="#">See more...</a><div class="more" style="display:none"> No fewer than 35 people on board the vessel at the time of the explosion are feared dead. <br/><br/> The remains of four of the victims have been recovered. <br/><br/> The explosion occurred as a result of the maintenance work being carried out on the oil vessel by welders. The vessel belong to a private firm and it is suspected that it contained bunkered (stolen) oil. <br/><br/> A resident of Abuloma, Mr. James Israel, who witnessed the incident, told a news agency that the welders were trying to seal an opening to block a leakage on the deck of the vessels fuel tank and in the process, the vessel exploded. <br/><br/><a class="seeless" href="#">(See less)</a></div></td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Basic Data</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Name</td><td>Oil Vessel Explosion, Nigeria</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Country</td><td><a href="/country/nigeria">Nigeria</a></td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Province</td><td>Rivers State</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Site</td><td>Abuloma, Port Harcourt City Local Government Area</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Accuracy of Location</td><td>HIGH local level</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Source of Conflict</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Type of Conflict (1st level)</td><td>Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice/Energy</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Type of Conflict (2nd level)</td><td>Pollution related to transport (spills, dust, emissions)<br /> Oil and gas exploration and extraction</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Specific Commodities</td><td><a href='/commodity/crude-oil'>Crude oil</a><br /></td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Project Details and Actors</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Type of Population</td><td>Urban</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Start Date</td><td>20/07/2012</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Relevant government actors</td><td>Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation </td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Environmental justice organisations and other supporters</td><td>Environmental Rights Action, Nigeria Media.</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">The Conflict and the Mobilization</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)</td><td>MEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">When did the mobilization begin</td><td>In REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Groups Mobilizing</td><td>Local ejos<br /> Neighbours/citizens/communities<br /> Social movements<br /> Trade unions<br /> Local scientists/professionals</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Forms of Mobilization</td><td>Blockades<br /> Creation of alternative reports/knowledge<br /> Development of alternative proposals<br /> Involvement of national and international NGOs<br /> Media based activism/alternative media<br /> Public campaigns<br /> Street protest/marches<br /> Appeals/recourse to economic valuation of the environment</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Impacts</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Environmental Impacts</td><td><strong>Visible: </strong>Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Fires, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Noise pollution, Oil spills<br /><strong>Potential: </strong>Food insecurity (crop damage), Global warming, Soil contamination, Waste overflow, Groundwater pollution or depletion</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Health Impacts</td><td><strong>Visible: </strong>Accidents, Occupational disease and accidents<br /><strong>Potential: </strong>Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…)</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Socio-economic Impacts</td><td><strong>Visible: </strong>Displacement, Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures<br /><strong>Potential: </strong>Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Militarization and increased police presence, Specific impacts on women, Violations of human rights, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Outcome</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Project Status</td><td>Stopped</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Pathways for conflict outcome / response</td><td>Under negotiation</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Development of Alternatives</td><td>1.Immediate removal of the burnt vessel from the jetty to avoid it becoming an antique and environmental hazard.<br/><br/>2.Joint Task Force (JTF) should intensify efforts to stop bunkering in the Niger Delta.<br/><br/>3.The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) should intensify efforts in the search of missing persons.<br/><br/>4.The Nigerian Navy should increase its efforts on policing the water ways in the country and ensure culprits indicted for oil thefts are brought to book.</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Do you consider this as a success?</td><td>Not Sure</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Why? Explain briefly.</td><td>The water ways have been seriously polluted and the affected victims families are yet to be compensated. Although persons who sustained injury are receiving treatment in the hospital.</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Sources and Materials</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Legislations</td><td><table><tr><td><p> NESREA (National Environmental Standards and Regulation Agency) has responsibility for the protection and development of the environment, biodiversity conservation and sustainable development of Nigerias natural resources in general and environmental technology including coordination, and liaison with, relevant stakeholders within and outsider Nigeria on maters of enforcement of environmental standards, regulations, rules,laws policies and guidelines. <br/></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)<br/></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td class="fld">References</td><td><table><tr><td><p> NESREA ACT, Federal Republic of Nigeria Official Gazette. No.92, Vol 94. Lagos ,31st July, 2007.<br/></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Links</td><td><table><tr><td><p> <a class="refanch small" href="http://www.thenationonlineng.net/2011/index.php/news/54752-p-harcourt-oil-vessel-explosion-fire-rages-24-hours-after.html" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> <a class="refanch small" href="http://www.businessdayonline.com/NG/index.php/news/latest/41547-four-confirmed-dead-in-abuloma-jetty-explosion" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> <a class="refanch small" href="http://www.businessdayonline.com/NG/index.php/news/284-breaking-news/41539-30-die-in-rivers-tanker-explosion" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> <a class="refanch small" href="http://www.thenationonlineng.net/2011/index.php/news/54631-30-die-in-port-harcourt-vessel-explosion.html" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> <a class="refanch small" href="http://www.thenationonlineng.net/2011/index.php/news/54567-oil-vessel-explodes-in-port-harcourt.html" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> <a class="refanch small" href="http://www.afriquejet.com/nigeria-25-persons-killed-in-oil-vessel-explosion-2012072142131.html" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> <a class="refanch small" href="http://www.channelstv.com/home/2012/07/21/fire-ravages-port-harcourt/" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> <a class="refanch small" href="http://allafrica.com/stories/201207201201.html" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> <a class="refanch small" href="http://www.informationnigeria.org/2012/07/30-die-from-tanker-explosion-in-river-state.html" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> <a class="refanch small" href="http://leadership.ng/nga/articles/30387/2012/07/21/nema_confirms_four_deaths_vessel_explosion.html" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> <a class="refanch small" href="http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/index.php?option=com_contentandview=articleandid=92964:another-deadly-explosion-in-port-harcourtandcatid=1:nationalandItemid=559" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> <a class="refanch small" href="http://www.eraction.org/component/content/article/5/421-field-report-310-poor-safety-measures-lead-tovessel-explosion-in-abuloma" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr></table></td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Meta Information</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Contributor</td><td>Godwin Uyi Ojo</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Last update</td><td>08/04/2014</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div>
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