It could have been another story – “LPG truck explodes due to leakage; 5 killed and 50 injured.”
Fortunately, however, this was nowhere near the case at the Blue Ocean Investments Multi-Product Terminal in Kpone, Tema. Thanks to a successful full-scale Tier-3 emergency simulation, Blue Ocean Investments – Ghana’s biggest Bulk Distributor of petroleum products – is now more equipped than ever before in the face of a highly unlikely real emergency.
Tier-3 incidents are the most serious types of incidents as their impact goes far beyond their immediate surroundings. In this exercise, the incident involved the simulation of an LPG leakage from an LPG truck using inert gas.
This full-scale simulation involved the feigning of injuries requiring first aid and ambulance responses, and the activation of internal emergency systems at the depot before external emergency services took over; combined with the assembling of the crisis management command teams at the company’s head office as well as the depot to bring the simulated crisis to an end.
Commencing at about one ‘o’ clock in the afternoon and ending around 4pm, the exercise demonstrated the robustness of the safety systems and team, while simultaneously revealing areas for improvement to ensure a seamless response all round.
Speaking on the exercise, the Managing Director of Blue Ocean Investments, Mr. Yahaya Yunusa, emphasised Blue Ocean’s commitment to health and safety in all its operations, placing a premium on human life.
“At Blue Ocean Investments, health and safety is our number one priority. We will not wait for a real incident to get our house in order. While it is important to ensure that we can continue to serve our customers’ needs following a crisis, one simply cannot place a value on human life,” said Mr. Yunusa.
Head of Operations of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), Mr. Paul Assifuah Baidoo, commended Blue Ocean Investments for the swiftness of its internal emergency team who had already commenced fighting the fire prior to the arrival of the GNFS.
The Environmental, Health and Safety Director of the Kpone Municipal Assembly, Mr. Jonas Ablade, said “Blue Ocean did well to leave the loading trucks at the bay instead of trying to evacuate them, as this could cause further emergencies such as spills and fires. After all, in disaster management, the main aim is to save lives, property, and the environment,” said Mr. Ablade.