A waste collector for Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), African Circle Pollution Management Limited (ACPML), has acquired a $4.5 million equipment to be used in fighting pollution in the oceans, lagoons, ports and waterways.
The facility, an Oily Water Separator (OWS) plant in Port Harcourt, would ensure effective management of water pollution and waste generated from ships. It will also enable the firm to tackle pollution and waste generated by vessels.
ACPML has an agreement it signed with the government on waste management at the ports.
Speaking in Port Harcourt at the commissioning of the facility, Chief Segun Osoba, chairman of ACPML, said the company acquired the equipment to enable it reduce ship pollution and cargo residue on the nation’s waters to create cleaner sea for shipping operation in the country.
According to him, the ACPML uses specialised equipment to take liquid waste, including sludge and bilge from ships calling in the nation’s seaports in line with the provisions of International Maritime Organisation (IMO), the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) 1972, 1973 and 1978 conventions and other related laws.
Osoba said the company has modern and world-class facilities; and highly trained and professional staff to deliver services with internationally accepted quality, safety and environment standards.
He said ACPML is an environmentally conscious company applying the Best Available Techniques (BAT) and Best Environmental Practice (BEP) to safely collect all vessel related waste in line with the stipulated best international practice.
“IMO does not allow indiscriminate dumping of waste in the oceans and waterways. This is to protect the environment and the Eco system. What we do is to collect waste from the vessels calling on Nigerian ports and waterways, all kinds of wastes including oil.
“We don’t just take this waste and dump them in the dumping site, we treat them and make sure we satisfy the international standard of waste management. That is what the new equipment will assist us to do,” he explained, adding that the equipment is one of the most modern in the entire West coast of Africa.
Osoba, a former governor of Ogun State, lauded NPA's managing director, Ms Hadiza Bala Usman, for institutionalising transparency and efficiency in port operation, noting that since her appointment, she has been able to reduce bureaucracy in the Nigerian Ports Authority.
“The bureaucratic tendencies have been virtually wiped out. The result of this is that more efficiency and transparency have been brought into the business transaction with the NPA", Osoba said.