…No vessel caught fire at our terminal – Management
SIFAX Group has debunked recent media reports that a vessel caught fire at one of its subsidiaries, Ports and Cargo Handling Services Limited, Tin Can Island Port.
According to a press statement signed by the Group’s Head of Corporate Communications, Mr. Muyiwa Akande, a shore crane developed a technical fault and went up in flames.
Giving details of the incident, the company said; “At about 12:30 pm on Thursday, July 20, 2023, one of our equipment, a shore crane, developed a sudden technical fault and before anything could be done to fix it, it went up in flames.”
“There was a quick response from all stakeholders which resulted in putting out the fire as soon as possible, even though substantial damage was done to the equipment. Normalcy was returned to the terminal after containing the fire and our operations resumed.”
“The vessel at berth as at the time of the incident was not affected by the fire while containers, both those on board the vessel as well as other consignments at the terminal, were not affected also.”
According to the statement, there was no loss of life, as the operator working on the affected equipment was safely rescued without any injury.
“The said equipment as well as all other equipment and facilities at the terminal are all insured. As a company, we are committed to operational excellence in a safe and secure environment for the collective good of all our stakeholders – customers, agents, staff, regulators and the general public.”
“We urge the public to disregard any sensational reports on the incident and stay with the facts as stated here. We urge the press to please ensure their reports are accurate so members of the public are not misled and create unnecessary panic in the industry and beyond,” it added.
Meanwhile, the terminal operator commended the individuals and organisations who reacted swiftly to the emergency situation including: Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Master and crew of MV Argeciras Express, the Lagos State Fire Service team, as well as the staff of Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited.