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BREAKING: Dangote Refinery’s Freight Operations Already Under Foreign Ship Control, Says SOAN

The Ship Owners Association of Nigeria (SOAN) has expressed concern over the prevailing dominance of foreign vessels in the freight operations of the recently inaugurated $18.5 billion Dangote Petrochemicals Refinery situated in Ibeju-Lekki.

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President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated the Dangote Petrochemicals Refinery on Monday, and according to the operators, the first product is scheduled to be available in the market by July 2023.

According to Kadecommunicationng, a SOAN official, who prefers to remain unidentified, petroleum products were transported to the Dangote Petrochemicals Refinery by foreign vessels during the testing phase of the project.

“We lack vessels to take crude products to the Dangote Petrochemicals Refinery, and even the owners of the refinery, the Dangote Group knows this because the crude that was refined during the test-run phase of the Refinery was brought in by foreign ships.

“Dangote Group cannot tell us that Nigerian vessels brought in the crude that was refined during the test-run operations of the refinery. We know that the Refinery was running test-run operations since December 2022 and the facility was being fed by foreign vessels, not ships owned by indigenous shipowners.

“So to ask questions whether Nigerian Ship-Owners will lose out from Dangote Petrochemicals Refinery is belated because we are already losing out. Foreign vessels are already taking crude products to the refinery.

“All the products used during the test-run phase of the Dangote Petrochemicals Refinery were brought in by foreign vessels.

“If Dangote Group says this is not true, let them publish the names of vessels that brought in crude products to the refinery during its test-run phase?”