Nigeria

Nigeria to establish maritime arbitration centre

Nigeria plans to establish an International Maritime Arbitration Centre in Lagos, in order to enable the timely resolution of disputes within the Gulf of Guinea region. This will in turn significantly decrease ­the current trend where maritime players in the area head to London, Dubai or Singapore for arbitration on maritime issues.

Nigeria: Drilling rigs are not vessels, Court of Appeal says

The contention on the applicability of the Cabotage Act (2003) to Drilling Rigs appears not to be close to a final resolution, particularly on the question of whether a Drilling Rig can be construed as a vessel within the definition in the Cabotage Act, according to Nigerian firm Banwo & Ighodalo (B&I).

Turkish owner establishes contact with pirates who kidnapped 10 crew

The Turkish ship owner Kadıoğlu Maritime has managed to establish communication with a group of pirates who kidnapped 10 Turkish seafarers from the general cargo ship ‘Paksoy 1’ off Nigeria, in the night hours of Saturday, 13 July, while sailing from Cameroon to the Ivory Coast.

Career Paths: Jakob Larsen, BIMCO

In our special column this time, we are excited to host an interview with Jakob P. Larsen, Head of Maritime Security, BIMCO, who explains the importance of choosing the career path one’s feel is right for himself/herself.

Pirates kidnap ten Turkish seafarers in the Gulf of Guinea

Following the Turkish Foreign Ministry’s statement, ten Turkish seafarers onboard the Paksoy 1 freighter were kidnapped by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea, on Saturday night, July 13. The ship is now on anchorage at the port Tema, Ghana. The Turkish Foreign Ministry is closely collaborating with authorities in Nigeria and Ghana to safely release the crew. 

Court decides that drilling operations fall under Cabotage Act in Nigeria

Court decided that oil rigs operating on Nigerian waters are subject to the provisions of the Cabotage Act. Commenting on the judgement, Mr. Dakuku believes that it marks the beginning of an important opportunity for job, incomes, and economic growth. He also called persons engaged in inland trade to pay their Cabotage fees.

West African waters most dangerous for piracy attacks, IMB says

ICC published a report on piracy and armed robbery in the timeframe from January 1 to June 30, 2019. Based on the report, the seas circling West Africa are the most dangerous for piracy, as of the 75 seafarers taken hostage onboard or kidnapped for ransom worldwide so far this year, 62 were captured in the Gulf of Guinea – off the coasts of Nigeria, Guinea, Togo, Benin and Cameroon. 

NIMASA Director-General’s wife leads Day of Seafarers in favour of women in shipping

Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, informed journalists that the First Lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, will be leading other dignitaries and stakeholders in the maritime community to campaign and encourage more female participation in seafaring and maritime trade, as the Day of the Seafarers is approaching, June 25.

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