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Massive Explosion from MRS Oil Vessel hits Apapa Seaport in Lagos



A massive explosion and fire hit an area of Apapa Seaport this morning, rocking the sprawling facility and shaking buildings in the area. The fire reportedly emanated from an oil vessel owned by MRS Petroleum when fuel was being unloaded at a jetty.

Confirming the incidence, an official of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said a fuel tanker caught fire after exploding at the Tin Can Island port in Apapa area of Lagos.

There was a ship that was trying to discharge into an oil tank owned by (Nigerian firm) MRS and there was a fire, but I don’t yet have any details as to what led to the fire,” said Ibrahim Farinloye of the National Emergency Management Agency.

We are trying to isolate the ship so that we can quench the fire.”

He said later that four people were wounded and that the explosion appeared to come from a ship.

The explosion caused many people in the area to panic as buildings shook and a thick cloud of smoke rose into the air. Businesses in the area, particularly affected buildings, have closed shop to avoid causalities as fire fighters battle the fire.

The Apapa Seaport at Tin Can Island includes jetties where fuel importers unload petroleum products.

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. brittany

    January 9, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    day after day it’s fire and explosion…

  2. Bee Dazzler

    January 9, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Am in Ghana now, I hope my family are doing well cos they live and move around that area.

  3. merry xmas BN readers

    January 9, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    You care only about your people abi?

  4. ola

    January 9, 2013 at 3:09 pm

  5. pynk

    January 9, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Man things like this just make one wonder.

  6. Sparkle

    January 9, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    I thought it was a bomb blast or airplane crash again cos it shook my house and mehn I was scared. Thank God no life was lost.

  7. Mememe

    January 9, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    we felt the impact in my office too 🙁

  8. Diran

    January 9, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Bellanaija, introduce a bit more general news stories like these and also simplify the website appearance, and I promise you will get more views …


      January 9, 2013 at 4:56 pm

      Thanks for your feedback. We appreciate it 🙂

  9. Diran

    January 9, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    My pleasure. I think you have much better content than others (who appear to take stories from here anyway) …. there’s just so much going on on the front page. Hard to focus. Hey, just my 2 cents/kobo.

  10. ayuba

    January 10, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    i was shocked, cos the explotion is damn too scary

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