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Gulf of Guinea Focus: Week 1


CNS Tasks Promoted Officers On Curbing Oil Theft, Maritime Crimes
CNS Tasks Promoted Officers On Curbing Oil Theft, Maritime Crimes

The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Adm. Emmanuel Ogalla, has charged newly promoted senior officers of the Nigerian Navy to intensify efforts towards curbing oil theft and maritime crimes in the nation’s domain. Ogalla, who was represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans, Rear Adm. Joseph Akpan, made the call at the Shipping/Decoration of some newly promoted Commodores, Captains and Commanders in the Nigerian Navy. He said that promotion exercise in the military came after a rigorous process of scrutiny and fairness, urging the beneficiaries not to take it for granted. The CNS said the nation was being confronted with myriads of security challenges that required the attention of the military. He said that navy personnel were currently engaged in several operations across the country.


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Navy Arrests Three Stowaways Aboard Europe-Bound Tanker Vessel In Lagos
Navy Arrests Three Stowaways Aboard Europe-Bound Tanker Vessel In Lagos

The Nigerian Navy Ship BEECROFT said it has arrested three stowaways aboard a Tanker Vessel FRONT Altiers at Lagos roadstead, bound for Europe. Commodore Kolawole Oguntuga, the Commander, NNS Beecroft and Maritime Component Commander Of Operation Awatse, disclosed this in a statement signed by the base Information Officer, NNS Beecroft, Sub-Lieutenant H. A Collins, on December 29, 2023. Oguntuga disclosed that the stowaways; Ebuka Daniel, 29-year-old, from Enugu state, Samuel Abraham, 32-year-old, from Edo State and Christian Happy, 32-year-old, from Delta state, were arrested on December 27, 2023.


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Nigeria To Supply Gas To South Africa
Nigeria To Supply Gas To South Africa

Riverside LNG, a Nigerian-based firm, has said it is in talks to supply gas to South Africa in what would be the first such deal between the two countries. The company is also exploring opportunities in Liberia and Cameroon. David Ige, a former executive at the Nigerian National Petroleum Company, NNPC, Limited and Chief Executive Officer of Riverside LNG, made this known in an interview with Bloomberg. Ige said the company earlier last year signed a gas-export partnership agreement with Johannes Schuetze Energy Import AG of Germany and is now looking for deals on the continent. Nigeria has Africa’s largest gas reserves, as the country has about 206 trillion cubic feet of gas reserves, making it a nation with more gas reserves than oil.


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Red Sea Situation Escalates As US Navy Sinks Houthi Boats On New Year’s Eve
Red Sea Situation Escalates As US Navy Sinks Houthi Boats On New Year’s Eve

The crisis in the Red Sea has seen a significant uptick on the last day of 2023 with militant attacks on commercial shipping and responses from the Navy. Maersk, the 2nd largest container shipping line in the world has again paused its Red Sea sailings after an attack on its ship Maersk Hangzhou, a 14,000 TEU capacity containership deployed on Maersk’s AE12-service between Europe and Asia. Details of the new developments in Red Sea As per the U.S. Central Command, they received a second distress call in less than 24 hours from Maersk Hangzhou, reporting being under attack by four Houthi boats originating from Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen. The Houthis reportedly fired at the Maersk Hangzhou getting to within 20 meters of the vessel and attempting to board the ship. A contracted security team on board the Maersk Hangzhou returned fire.


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Again, MWUN Threatens To Cripple Port Activities Over IOCs Issues
Again, MWUN Threatens To Cripple Port Activities Over IOCs Issues

The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has announced its intention to shut down all seaports, jetties, and oil & gas platforms across the country on, January 9th, 2024. The drastic action, according to a press release issued by the union, comes as a response to the continued defiance of the International Oil Companies (IOCs) and stevedoring contractors towards existing stevedoring laws. The union claimed that it has exhausted all avenues, including writing letters, issuance of press releases, giving ultimatums, and even government orders, all of which have been disregarded by the IOCs and the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) informing that the latest of such directive was sent on June 13th, 2023, remains unanswered. MWUN in the press release specifically demanded that the IOCs should comply with the existing stevedoring regulations, signed by all relevant stakeholders.


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Chinese Fishing Boat Collide with Bunker Vessel Resulting 8 Crew members Missing
Chinese Fishing Boat Collide with Bunker Vessel Resulting 8 Crew members Missing

A newly registered Singaporean bunker vessel, the ‘PEARL KENZO,’ was involved in a collision with a Chinese fishing boat, resulting in eight crew members of the fishing vessel being reported missing. The incident occurred approximately a week ago on December 26th as the bunker vessel was en route from Penglai in Northern China to Zhoushan. The collision occurred around 12:08 PM Singapore time near Chengshan Jiao in China. The bunker vessel was reportedly not carrying any cargo, and no environmental damage had been reported due to the accident. The 7,999 dwt PEARL KENZO was constructed by Jinglu Shipbuilding in China for the Singaporean company Consort. It measures 115 meters in length and has a reported top speed of 12 knots. The vessel’s naming ceremony and handover occurred on December 18th.


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