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.
The Maritime Academy of Nigeria is currently not having enough manpower as well as infrastructure, in order to antagonize with its rivals in the Philippines, India, Egypt, England and the United States. The institution has obsolete equipment, acquired 25 years ago, while another problem is that one lecturer accounts to 200 students.
Nigerian migrants who survived a deadly sea crossing last year filed a lawsuit against Italy for violating their rights by supporting Libya’s efforts to return them to North Africa. The seventeen plaintiffs said Italy violated multiple articles of the European Convention on Human Rights.
A criminal gang in Nigeria targeting the global maritime industry has been running multiple “business email compromise” scams for hundreds of thousands of dollars. The group calling themselves “Gold Galleon” have been sending messages to infiltrate payments within shipping companies over the last year.
60,000 metric tonnes in both 2015 and 2016 of e-waste reached Nigeria, with 70% of the UEEE reaching Lagos each year in vehicles destined for Nigeria’s second-hand auto market, while just 30% arrived in shipping containers. This volume is prohibited under both the Basel Convention and the EU’s Waste Shipment Directive.
ForestWave informed that it managed to establish contact with the crew of the cargo vessel ‘FWN Rapide’, that were taken hostage off Port Harcourt, Nigeria, on April 21. The company confirmed that all remaining eleven seafarers are alive and together. Of the 12 crew that were taken hostage, one was found hiding onboard the ship.
One of the twelve crew members kidnapped from the general cargo vessel ‘FWN Rapide’ was eventually found hidden onboard the vessel, according to ForestWave. The ship became subject of a piracy attack in Nigerian waters, in the morning hours of 21 April, prior to entering the port of Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
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