A total of 35 seafarers were kidnapped for ransom in the Gulf of Guinea in the first half of 2018, according to a new paper issued by EOS Risk Group. 95% of attacks on merchant vessels in the region during this period occurred Between Brass and Port Harcourt, within 60nm of the shore, the report reads.
A shipping industry anti-corruption project, led by the private maritime sector and Nigerian authorities, has been completed with positive outcomes. The project aimed for port calls without demands for in-kinds payments, harassment or the threat of illicit delays.
The Nigerian Ports Authority will restore the services of the four shipping companies, including Maersk Line and Cosco, whose operations were suspended as they did not comply with the directive of acquiring and operating holding bays for their containers. The companies have been given two weeks, beginning from July 20.
The Nigerian Ports Authority announced a ten-day suspension of the services of Maersk Line, Cosco Shipping, APS and Lansal. These companies did not comply with the requirement by NPA which said that companies must acquire and operate holding bays. The suspension took effect from Saturday, July 14th.
In order to limit maritime crime on the Gulf of Guinea waters, and especially piracy and sea robbery, the Nigerian Navy along with France, China, Portugal, Cameroon, Ghana and Togo conducted a maritime exercise named Exercise EKU KEGBE, of which 12 Nigerian Navy ships and ships from the other countries were deployed.
While at anchor, the duty AB during routine rounds noticed a rope attached to the portside anchor chain leading to a boat positioned along the starboard side of the ship. The duty AB sighted six to seven persons on board this boat, and immediately alerted the bridge.
Piracy and armed robbery activity remains a significant threat to ship and crew safety in West African waters. The latest incidents, reported to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) 24-hour worldwide Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) in the last three months, are cited below.
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency informed that it has deployed Marine Litter Marshals to help the Agency in cleaning the oceans of waste materials that cause problems to the environment, and also raise obstacles to the safety of navigation on Nigeria’s waters.
ForestWave reported that the eleven crewmembers who were taken hostage on April 21 off Port Harcourt, Nigeria and spent the last 4 weeks in captivity have been released and are now safe. The crew are currently on their way home, while all of them have received medical checks and are in a relatively good condition.
Only radical changes in development and business would create a sustainable world, with countries like Nigeria leading the way towards an international sustainable maritime economy, was the key message of LADOL Managing Director, Dr. Amy Jadesimi, on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Business Forum.
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