By Emma Amaize & Akpokona Omafuaire
WARRI – THE Nigerian Navy in Delta State has deployed ships to patrol the sea and waterways in the state, to ensure security around the boundaries of Shell Petroleum Development Company, SDPC, operated Bonga oil field in Bayelsa State, as officials of the company carry out clean-up exercise following a recent oil spillage.
This is coming on the heels of deployment of a ship NNS, Zaria to convey officials of the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, NOSDRA, to Bonga field, in a joint effort to ensure proper assessment and clean-up.
The gesture, according to the Commanding Officer, NNS, Delta, Commodore Bum S. Kor, was to play its supportive role of ensuring a clean maritime domain and to enable the officials have a proper assessment of the situation.
Kor in chat with journalists in Warri, said from official reports, “the situation is calm as Shell is working to hasten the clean up.
“In line with the Nigerian Navy statutory role of assisting agencies to make sure that the maritime environment was protected, NNS, Delta has assisted in lifting officials of NOSDRA from Warri to Bonga field, which is 65 nautical miles away.
“The immediate deployment of the vessels was important and they have returned and their reports are that the situation is now calm. Shell is making efforts to ensuring that the spill was contained and cleaned up.
“In other to monitor the situation, the Nigerian Navy had deployed some of its personnel in SNEPCo office in Lagos.”