Onne Port, Rivers State
 The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has commenced the Onne Port Channel Oil spill clean-up operations at the Federal Oceans Terminal (FOT) Onne.
The project of water channel clean-up is the first of such project being executed by the Personnel of Environment Department of the authority from both the Corporate Headquarters and the FOT.
The Acting Port Manager, Mrs Barbara Ejemeh Nchey-Achukwu, who represented the Port Manager, Alhaji Ismaila Abubakar, commended the approval of the water channel clean-up at the Port by the Managing Director of NPA, Hadiza Bala-Usman.
The Acting Manager said the Port Manager was aware of various complains from the terminal operator relating to oil pollution within the waters and was therefore excited with the new development in the commencement of the water channel clean-up.
She said by this effort the NPA was showing a duty of care. She said that vessel owners had been complaining over oil spill stains on their vessels hauls calling at Onne Port, noting that after the exercise such complaints will be a thing of the past.
Achukwu said, “I know after this exercise, terminal operators will no longer complain to Onne Port Management of stains on their anchored vessels”.
Also, in a brief toolbox meeting at the premises of the Engineering Department (FLT), Onne, General Manager HSE, Suleman Abdulbaki, said he and his team could not ascertain the actual cause of the oil spills the Port but suspected the activities of oil bunkers waste from communities that empty into the water channels.
Hadiza Bala- Usman
He said part of the activities they are doing is to remove debris from the waters and use chemicals to clean the water to achieve improved water. He said they will also embark on an awareness campaign to raise the consciousness of the people on the need for clean waters, to sustain aquatic life and navigation.
Also speaking on the clean-up, Assistant General Manager, Environment, Khadijat Sheidu-Shabi, attributed the clean-up by NPA to the realisation of the need to improve the quality of the Port water channels.
The Principal Manager and Coordinator on Scene and the Commander of OnnePort Channel clean-up operation, Uchenna Chukwuemeka, said materials to be deployed for the exercise are: Bio-degradable materials (PRP), Remediation Products (PRP) and Pressure washers for
removal of oil stains on the quay walls and the fenders.
He also said the clean-up would deploy scooping nets, cans and selofeen bags within the Onne water channels. However, Manager in charge of Pollution, James Edet, has described the team as passionate and professional to deliver clean and safe water within the Port
channel.