STOAN seeks exit of tank farms from port environment

The Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN) has said that petroleum tank farms clustered around the ports in Apapa should been relocated by the federal government.

The association noted that it was dangerous to locate petroleum tank farms within the ports environment.

Chairman of STOAN, Princess Vicky Haastrup, said that the activities of the tank farms have largely affected the inflow and outflow of cargoes from the nation’s port.

She warned about the danger that the continuous operation of the tank farms pose to port system, even as she appealed to the Nigerian Shippers’ Council to use its new regulatory powers to relocate the tank farms which she said are owned by very powerful Nigerians.

“It is only in Nigeria that you have tank farms located within the port environment. This is very dangerous and those tank farms should be relocated,” Haastrup stated.

The STOAN Chairman lamented the delay experienced by trucks in accessing the ports due to bad roads and congestion created by the activities at the tank farms.

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