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Gulf of Guinea Focus: Week 11


Military Uncovers Large Scale Bunkering Sites In Rivers
Military Uncovers Large Scale Bunkering Sites In Rivers

The Joint Task Force, Operation Delta Safe (OPDS), uncovered two vast oil bunkering sites in Samkiri community, a small settlement located in Degema Local Government Area of Rivers State. A tour of the sites by the OPDS Commander, Rear Adm. John Okeke, represented by the Maritime Component Commander, Commodore Adedokun Siyabade, revealed that over 30 illegal refining camps were in operation in the area. Okeke said in continuation of the effort of the JTF South- South Operation Delta Safe, it is ready to rid the area of crude oil theft and other crimes in the area. He said the JTF will not abdicate its responsibility, but would intensify its operations in different parts of the country.


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IMO And ILO To Work On Anti-Harassment Measures For Seafarers
IMO And ILO To Work On Anti-Harassment Measures For Seafarers

The UN’s International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and International Labour Organisation (ILO) have adopted a list of recommendations aimed at protecting seafarers from violence and harassment. The recommendations and amendments were proposed during a meeting of the two organisation’s Tripartite Working Group at the IMO headquarters in London, UK, and include steps such as new mandatory training for seafarers. IMO Secretary-General Arsenio Dominguez said the organisation was committed to creating a safe and respectful working environment for seafarers, saying: “Recognising that this is not only a moral imperative but also a practical necessity for the industry’s sustainable growth, we are committed to preventing and combatting bullying and harassment in the maritime sector.”.


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Stakeholders Engagement Yielding Results In Fight Against Crude Oil Theft
Stakeholders Engagement Yielding Results In Fight Against Crude Oil Theft

The Crude Oil Theft and Management Committee, under the National Economic Council (NEC) says its engagement with stakeholders is yielding positive results against crude oil theft. The Chairman of the Committee and Gov. Hope Uzodimma of Imo said this when he briefed newsmen in Abuja. He said that the trend of crude oil theft was particularly worrisome and tackling it decisively would improve Nigeria’s oil production profile. “The committee’s job is to look into crude oil theft, the control of the theft and prevention of the theft. “Arising from that we have been able to do fact findings. We have made a lot of consultations; we spoke to critical stakeholders, and we are beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel.


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Pirates Seize Control Of Cargo Ship Near Somalia, Say Owners
Pirates Seize Control Of Cargo Ship Near Somalia, Say Owners

Pirates have seized a Bangladesh-flagged bulk carrier off the coast of Somalia and taken its 23-member crew hostage, the ship’s owners said. The MV Abdullah was sailing from Mozambique’s capital Maputo to the United Arab Emirates with a cargo of 55,000 tonnes of coal when it was attacked, according to Kabir Steel Re-Rolling Mills, which owns the vessel. “A group of 15-20 Somali pirates hijacked the ship,” said Meherul Karim, chief executive officer of Kabir Steel Re-Rolling Mills. Maritime security firm Ambrey confirmed that a group of armed people had taken control of the ship. The incident happened in the Indian Ocean about 600 nautical miles (1,111km) east of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, said Ambrey.


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Tinubu Appoints Dayo Mobereola as NIMASA DG
Tinubu Appoints Dayo Mobereola as NIMASA DG

President Bola Tinubu has appointed Dayo Mobereola as the director-general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA). In a statement by Ajuri Ngelale, special adviser to the president on media and publicity, the appointment followed the exit of Bashir Jamoh, whose tenure recently expired. Jamoh had handed over to Chudi Offodile, the executive director, finance and administration, on March 11, after his tenure ended on March 10.Ngelale said: “Dr. Mobereola holds a Ph.D, and an M.Sc in Transport Economics from the University of Wales, United Kingdom. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport, England, and a fellow of the same institute in Nigeria.”


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Tinubu Promises Improved Maritime Security In Gulf Of Guinea
Tinubu Promises Improved Maritime Security In Gulf Of Guinea

President Bola Tinubu said his administration reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to securing the Gulf of Guinea. Tinubu said this when he received the Special Envoy of the President of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, at the State House, Abuja. A statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, explained that Tinubu was responding to a request for a state visit from President Mbasogo, presented by his Special Presidential Envoy and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Simeon Oyono Esono Angue. The statement is titled ‘Nigeria reaffirms commitment to enhancing maritime security in gulf of Guinea.’ Mbasogo had emphasised the need to revitalise the Nigeria-Equatorial Guinea Joint Commission.


He also harped on the importance of fostering greater cooperation in various sectors, including oil and gas, and trade. Responding, Tinubu “reaffirmed Nigeria’s commitment to enhancing maritime security and safety in the Gulf of Guinea,” said Ngelale..


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