All of the 11 crewmen, who were abducted by pirates from their container ship while sailing off the coast of Nigeria in October, are freed and are returning to their families, according to an official statement by Poland’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday.
Denmark announced the upcoming priorities regarding the fight against piracy and other criminal activity at sea. The priorities contain civil and military efforts against piracy. The geographical focus remains in Western Africa and the Horn of Africa. From 2019 to 2022, the priorities in the fight against piracy and other maritime crimes will replace the current Government strategy of 2015-2018.
IMB reported two separate piracy incidents in India and Nigeria, on 17 and 21 of November respectively. The first incident took place in Kakinada Anchorage, where robbers boarded a product tanker and stole its stores. The other incident occurred in Lagos Anchorage, where robbers boarded a vessels, but they were noticed.
Piracy and oil theft have significantly reduced in the Niger Delta, which is attributed to the constant patrol of naval personnel in the region, said Rear Adm. David Adeniran, the Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command, Calabar, on the sideline of the fourth quarter exercise of the Nigerian Navy, Friday.
Pirates attacked a Bermudian-registered LNG tanker on November 6, near Nigeria. The pirates opened fire at the ship, but it managed to escape by maneuvering. The Nigerian Navy is now investigating the source of the attack. No one was injured in the piracy attack.
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency Dr. Dakuku Peterside informed that NIMASA will strictly implement the IMO 2020 sulphur cap. Mr. Peterside also mentioned that all vessels that are sailing in Nigeria’s waters are only allowed to use fuel that is environmental friendly.
The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority Hadiza Bala Usman has supported an African framework aiming to enhance the transport of cargos and the quality of logistics in a more predictable manner. She also called African Women in Maritime to come up with strategic plans for this purpose.
Pirates boarded a container ship off Nigeria, kidnapping 11 crew including eight from Poland. The container ship ‘MV Pomerania Sky’ was heading to the Nigerian port of Onne and was boarded on October 28. According to the vessel’s management company, nine other members remain on board and are unharmed.
The 12 crew members of the Swiss cargo ship ‘Glarus’, who were kidnapped off Nigeria in mid-September, were freed on 26 October. The vessel was carrying wheat from Lagos to Port Harcourt, when pirates boarded it on 22 September, about 45 nautical miles south west of Bonny Island.
The Nigerian Ports Authority and the Guangzhou Port Authority have entered into a sister Port Memorandum of Understanding concerning greater efficient port operations. The MoU was signed on the 18th of September and aims to strengthen communication and cooperation between the two ports.
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