The Management of Shebah Exploration & Production Company Ltd (SEPCOL) in RECIEVERSHIP, have provided further update on the missing crew members following the unfortunate explosion and subsequent fire that engulfed the FPSO Trinity Spirit at the Ukpokiti Terminal in the early hours of Wednesday, 2nd of February 2022.
The further update provided in a statement signed by Mr. Ikemefuna Okafor, Chief Executive Officer, Shebah Exploration and Production Company Ltd (in RECEIVERSHIP) disclosed that the Oil firm confirmed that three (3) crew members have been found alive in the community and the firm’s priority was to ensure that they receive the appropriate medical attention they needed.
The update further disclosed that, in the early hours of Sunday 6th February 2022, one dead body was discovered in the vicinity of the FPSO. The identity of the dead body is yet to be ascertained.
The statement added that “As earlier confirmed, the fire burnt out completely as of Thursday afternoon, 3rd Feb, 2022, thus enabling closer inspection of the vessel. A Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) with the relevant authorities, stakeholders, and expert organisations took place on Saturday, 5th, February 2022.
“The focus of our joint efforts is to prioritise investigations towards establishing the whereabouts, safety, and security of the 7 crew members still missing, clean up and limit damage to the environment, and establish the cause of the explosion.
“We appreciate the assistance provided by the Clean Nigeria Associates, the Chevron team, NOSDRA, NUPRC, SPDC, NIMASA and people in the community, particularly the fishermen, who have been of immense assistance since the incident occurred.
“Members of the public should continue to keep away from the area while our Crisis Management Team monitors developments in the investigations and update all stakeholders with new information accordingly.”