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Nigeria, Guangzhou Port sign agreement to improve port operations

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.

Pirates kidnapped 12 crew in Nigeria

Pirates kidnapped 12 crew from a Swiss merchant vessel on Saturday, 22 September in Nigeria, Massoel Shipping the ship’s operator informed. The ship was traveling between Lagos and the Port Harcourt. The attack took place about 45 nautical miles south west of Bonny Island.

Missing tanker found after suspected hijacking, all crew safe

The Panamanian-flagged tanker ‘Pantalena’ has docked at a port in Togo, after missing for over a week along with its 19 crew, the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Friday. Contact with the ship was lost on 14 August, while it was sailing about 17 miles off Gabon, in the Gulf of Guinea.

Nigeria seeks cooperation with IMO to develop its maritime industry

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency Dr. Dakuku Peterside informed that Nigeria will continue to seek continued technical cooperation and support from the IMO. This aims to establish a sustainable capacity to be a competitive maritime nation.

35 seafarers kidnapped in Gulf of Guinea in first half of 2018

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. 

Anti-corruption project improves port calls in Nigeria

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.

Nigeria lifts suspension of Maersk, Cosco services

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.

Maersk Line, Cosco services in Nigeria suspended

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.

Nigeria and partners to reduce maritime crime on Gulf of Guinea

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.

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