Nigeria

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.

Switzerland calls Nigeria to free detained vessel and crew

Switzerland requested the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) to order the release of a Swiss tanker and its crew detained in Nigeria since early 2018. The public hearing concerning the vessel and the crew was conducted on June 21 and 22 2019. 

MACN, Danish Ministry launch Port Integrity Index

The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) announced its collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (MOFA) on developing and launching the world’s first Global Port Integrity Index and scale up collective action activities in West Africa.

National fleet project to boost Nigeria’s crude

According to the Director General of NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside, Nigerians will be able to lift their country’s crude oil for export immediately the national fleet comes into operation. The new national fleet will be 49% owned by a technical partner and Nigerian investors will hold the 51%.

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