Delta Petroleum dismisses reports of ownership of vehicle involved in accident

Delta Petroleum Limited has dismissed recent reports that it is the owner of a vehicle that was involved in a traffic accident at the roundabout in the vicinity of the Robert L Bradshaw International Airport on Thursday 14 April 2011.

Regional General Manager (RGM) Bevis Sylvester, through Delta’s Corporate Communications Department, noted that while the product that was being transported was intended for his company, the vehicle and its driver were representing another entity.

Firefighters on the scene of the accident

An investigation revealed that at approximately 12:30 p.m., Mr. Sylvester Tweed of Ven-Rici Inc. had contacted the company’s St. Kitts Island Manager, Mr. Joseph Esdaille, and reported that an accident had occurred.

It was also revealed that a flexi tank containing 5000 AG of diesel fuel capsized at the roundabout while on its way from Nevis to the company’s office at OOJJ’s compound in Camps.

On receipt of the report, Mr. Esdaille immediately left for the scene of the accident and noticed that the flexi tank was on its left side but there was no sign of fuel leakage.

The damaged vehicle

The company is happy to report that there was no structural damage to the tank; however, its metal case was bent in two places.

Sylvester expressed relief that no one was injured and declared that the vehicle and its driver were not autonomous to his company.

As Delta Petroleum Regional General Manager, I am very pleased to note that no one got injured and that there was no leakage of fuel. However, I want to stress that the trailer was being driven by Ven-Rici Inc,” the RGM said.

The RGM said he is satisfied and pleased to have received full assurance from Ven-Rici Inc. that they would undertake the cleanup of the small spill.

The tank being restored unto the Ven-Rici truck

We also learnt that the accident had caused a small spill which contained more hydraulic fluid than diesel fuel. Further, it was just small drops coming from a manhole cover which the company was able to tighten, thus preventing additional leakage.

Delta Petroleum Limited would like to reiterate that it was not responsible for the accident and has therefore received commitment from Ven-Rici Inc. to underwrite any costs, taking into consideration that it was their flexi tank and not the company’s, ” Mr. Sylvester explained.

The RGM added that he is happy to know that the 5000 AG diesel fuel that was being transported have already been entranced to serve the motoring and industrial public of St. Kitts.

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