The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has suspended service boat operations in all its pilotage districts, according to Abdullahi Goje, general manager, NPA corporate and strategic communications. He said that the situation would remain so until the full settlement of debts accruing from unpaid pilotage dues by international oil companies and others. The NPA said it might prevent Total’s Engina FPSO vessel, which is due to arrive in January, from accessing Nigerian waterways. The NPA said that the debts owed by the affected companies ran into tens of millions of dollars, built up over two years. It added that the companies had ignored warning letters written to them over the past couple of months.
The main component of Engina FPSO is currently sailing from South Korea, to be linked to the top part, which is being fabricated at LADOL Free Trade Zone, Tarkwa Bay. The NPA said notice had already been given to promoters of the FPSO to the effect that the vessel would not be granted access to Nigeria’s waterways.