Attacks on Tanker Drivers Force Loadings Suspension at Nigerian Refinery

Thursday, August 02, 2001
Loadings at Nigeria's largest oil refinery have been suspended following attacks by local youths on oil tanker drivers, which left 10 tankers ablaze.

A Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) spokesman said that the supply of petroleum products to the eastern part of the country had been disrupted because drivers have refused to return to the depot since clashes on Tuesday.

Protesters suspecting foul play in the death of a local driver sparked the attacks. The disruptions came just as the supply of petroleum products across the country seemed to be gaining stability after the worst phase of fuel shortages for years. The spokesman said the youths were protesting the death of a local man who was a member of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers Union (PTDU).

"Youths from the deceased's community, who suspected 'foul play' in the death, stormed the PTDU office opposite the NNPC Port Harcourt depot and burned it," he said. "In addition, they barricaded the route leading to the depot...attacking motorists."

Maritime Reporter September 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Tanker Trends

Fredriksen eyes Takeover of Flex LNG

Shipping tycoon John Fredriksen is aiming to take control of Oslo-listed Flex LNG following his purchase of 12.7 million shares that brought his stake in the firm to 43.

A History of U.S. Oil Export Controls

On Oct. 20, 1973, King Faisal of Saudi Arabia imposed a total embargo on oil shipments to the United States among other countries in response to their support for Israel during the Arab-Israeli war.

US Warns of Sanctions on Buyers of Islamic State Oil

The Obama administration on Thursday threatened to slap sanctions on anyone buying oil from Islamic State militants in an effort to disrupt what it said was a $1-million-a-day funding source.

 
 
Maritime Security Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Simulators Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1852 sec (5 req/sec)