All vessels are required to arrive with sufficient clean ballast or cargo to be able to maintain a minimum of 30 percent of the vessel's Summer Deadweight throughout the berthing, cargo/deballasting and unberthing operation and to maintain suitable trim and keep the vessels forefoot submerged, thus avoiding the possibility of the hose becoming trapped under the bow.
Only vessels which can achieve loading and deballasting simultaneously will be accepted at Pennington Terminal. Vessels must maintain a minimum of two valve separation between their ballast and cargo systems whilst deballasting.
Deballasting operations are to comply strictly with MARPOL regulations.
Pennington Terminal has no dirty ballast reception or slop disposal facilities, therefore export vessels are required to arrive with clean ballast suitable for discharging directly to the sea. Vessels arriving with ballast unsuitable for discharging directly to the sea will be rejected for loading.
A representative sample of the vessels ballast water may be collected and forwarded to the Terminal for analysis.
It is strictly against the law to pollute the waters of Nigeria and any Master, his vessel and Owners may be subject to prosecution by the Nigerian Authorities if pollution does occur.
A Nigerian Government representative will attend the vessel at the commencement and completion of loading to monitor operations with regard to pollution.
All vessels are cautioned to keep a continuous watch on the floating hose string, as it is possible, under certain conditions, for the hose to become trapped under the fore-foot of the vessel.