The Environmental Protection Agency Alerts Authorities About Ammonium Nitrate & HFO Filled Vessel in Grand Bassa County

On March 6, 2022 the Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia (EPA) alerted the various national security apparatus about the presence of a mixture of AMMONIUM NITRATE and Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) at the port of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County on board vessel EKMEN.The EPA alarmed the mixture of the substances was very hazardous to human health and also posed great risk to the environment and needed the swift intervention of all relevant security apparatus. Today, the EPA is happy to announce that after weeks of tireless engagements, the Ship MV EKMEN was escorted out of Liberian territorial waters. At departure time (18:00 hrs), the Ship contained 293 bags of contaminated ammonium nitrate. This rejected consignment is being repatriated to the country of origin, Turkey.The EPA expresses its appreciation to the Coast Guard of the Armed Forces of Liberia for ensuring that the vessel left Liberia’s waters and is now headed to the next Port of Call in Abidjan. Speacial thanks to all actors that were involved. The Agency is truly committed to ensuring a safe, clean and healthy environment for all.