The management of the Nigerian Ports Authority collaborated with Ogun State Government in efforts to ensure the workability of the Olokola Deep Seaport project. The two partners met in efforts to boost relations and achieve a better cooperation amongst stakeholders, with the aim that the port industry grows parallel with the Global Best Practices.
The Maritime Administration (MARAD) of the United States Department of Transportation issued one new advisory to commercial shipping, canceling the earlier ones issued in 2019. Namely, the 2020-002-Gulf of Guinea-Piracy/Armed Robbery/Kidnapping for Ransom, cancels the the U.S. Maritime Advisory 2019-010.
Following the piracy attack upon the oil dredger “Ambika” in the waters of the Niger Delta several days ago, the Nigerian navy officially informed that managed to rescue the three kidnapped sailors. Specifically, the kidnapped crewmembers were saved in an operation late Tuesday by a navy team in the southwestern coastal state of Ondo.
On 2 January 2020, a Nigeria-flagged hopper dredger vessel experienced a piracy attack. Specifically, the vessel was sailing in the Gulf of Guinea when three persons reported to be kidnapped and four announced to be killed after the pirate’s invasion.
In line with a growing concern over the continued attacks against ships in the Gulf of Guinea, Risk Intelligence has recorded almost 100 maritime security incidents across the region in 2019 to date, around one third of those involved tanker vessels of all types.
NIMASA’s Director General, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, highlighted Nigeria’s moves to deal with the greenhouse gas emissions, in efforts improve with Nigeria’s maritime space, in attempts to keep up with the environmental regulations ahead.
After the pirates’ invasion in the tanker vessel named “Nave Constellation” on 3 December in Nigeria, the 19 kidnapped crewmembers of the ship announced that have been released. Specifically, all 18 Indian and one Turkish national, were set free on Saturday 21 December.
Switzerland and Nigeria agreed to submit their dispute to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) for the arrested tanker issue of San Padre Pio. Specifically, both parties shake their hands and came on a agreement for the submission on 3 December, as ITLOS stated.
Although IMB figures indicated a decrease in the number of incidents for the first nine months of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018, piracy in terms of crew kidnappings reached another record high this year, pushing shipping to rethink its approach on maritime security.
A Nigerian man suspected of kidnapping the crew of a Dutch cargo ship last year was arrested upon arrival at Schiphol airport in the Netherlands at around 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 5, after being extradited from South Africa.
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