– The Maersk company is the biggest container company in the world, but they are also one of the biggest in the Oil transport industry.
– They are known for being very strict with control, rules and regulations.
– The Maersk Prosper is a Type: LR2 class Build Date: 2001 CBM: 121,721 Length: 242 m Deadweight: 109,350 t LOA: 242 m Structure: Double hull ship.
MT Maersk Prosper, one of the vessels commissioned to supply oil into the country through the Bulk Procurement System (BPS) has denied it lost 1,133,109 liters while discharging oil at the Single Point Mooring (SPM) at the Dar es Salaam Port.
The revelation comes following earlier reports that the vessel and her counterpart MT Front Lion lost nearly two million liters during cargo discharging.
MT Maersk Prosper General Manager, Morten Juul told The Guardian through the email that his firm did not incur any loss during fuel discharging and that they do not have any ship that has so far reported cargo loss.
“We do not have any ship reported to have incurred oil loss”, said the email from Juul.
The Secretary of Tanzania Association of Oil Marketing Company (TAOMAC) Salum Bisalala however said a special task-force involving intelligence services, national security agents such as the police and other experts has been formed to investigate the matter.
“I may not say beyond that because the task-force will soon come up with their finding after the investigations is complete,” he said.
The scam has of recent drawn serious attention among oil stakeholders and the government since the surfaced oil loss reports a month ago.
However, the General Manager of the Petroleum Importation Coordinator (PIC) Ltd Michael Mjinja who claimed to have fed the media with the report came out soon after the report went public denying to have written a letter to the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) notifying them on the two vessel oil loss.
Mjinja was quoted by the media as saying the motive behind the alleged letter was politically motivated because he had no hand in it.
The letter purportedly said to have been written by the PIC general manager went public a day before the ministry of energy and minerals tabled its budget in the parliament. TPA has also refuted the oil loss report terming it ‘‘misleading and baseless’’.
Earlier report had it that some 768,899 liters and another 1,133,109 liters of oil were lost when an oil tanker, MT Front Lion and MT Maersk Prosper respectively discharged the oil at the Single Point Mooring (SPM) at the Dar es Salaam port recently.