Mozambique’s state-owned fuel distributor, Petromoc, has denied links to an oil spill that happened over the weekend at the port of Pemba, off the coast of Cabo Delgado province.
The company’s board chairperson Hélder Chambisse said there was little information about the origin of the fuel found at sea.
He said that if the company was responsible, the local authorities would have informed them.
Mr Chambisse said investigations were ongoing to find out the origin and reason for the spillage.
It was estimated that the spillage caused the loss of at least 10,000 litres of fuel.
The incident attracted large crowds, including women and children, who risked their lives as they filled their jerrycans with the fuel.
Police were deployed to address the situation.