The explosion took place at the Ukpokiti oil field near the Escravos terminal off Nigeria's coast. The vessel was owned by the Shebah Exploration & Production Company Ltd (SEPCOL), which has confirmed the fateful incident.
Ikemefuna Okafor, chief executive of the company, reported that seven of the ten crew members aboard the ship are reported as missing, with three feared casualties.
Okafor expressed that investigations are in progress in order to determine what caused the explosion and that local communities and a nearby Chevron facility are helping to keep the situation under control.
Some shocking photos from Nigeria, where a FPSO has suffered a spectacular fire. We have confirmed an explosion and a fire, and the company says no casualties. Beyond, **local media is reporting** that the 'Trinity Spirit' sank. The explosion was near the Escravos terminal #OOTTpic.twitter.com/CvrZE7RG0K
Despite hasn't been yet determined the exact amount of oil spilled, experts are worried about the severe damage to local mangroves and marine life.
This is the second environmental catastrophe Nigeria faces after 20,000 barrels of oil were released per day for one month into the waterways of Nembe in Bayelsa State by a disused capped oil wellhead.
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari at the High-Level Plenary Meeting to promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons: “The total elimination of nuclear weapons can be considered as a strategy to ensure world peace.” pic.twitter.com/uvRDpDPmro