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Gulf of Guinea Focus: Week 16


Navy Arrests 2, Seizes Truck Over Alleged Illegal Oil Deal In Bayelsa
Navy Arrests 2, Seizes Truck Over Alleged Illegal Oil Deal In Bayelsa

The Nigerian Navy Ship SOROH (NNS) says it has arrested two persons and seized one tank truck over alleged crude oil theft in Bayelsa. The Commander, Commodore Sunday Lakan, made the disclosure while parading the suspects at NNS SOROH base. He said that a Mazda vehicle loaded with 1,300 litres of illegally refined products was also arrested in the process. Lekan said that the breakthrough followed credible intelligence from the public concerning the stealing and transportation of stolen and illegally refined products in the area.”Our personnel who were dispatched to the area apprehended this truck. On sighting us, the driver of the truck ran away but left the keys behind.


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NPA Committed To Making Nigerian Ports Africa’s Leading Ports – Koko
NPA Committed To Making Nigerian Ports Africa’s Leading Ports – Koko

The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mohammed Bello Koko has said that the authority will strive to make Nigerian ports the leading ports in Africa. He said this during NPA Day at the ongoing Enugu International Trade Fair. “We will strive to be the leading port in Africa, a dream we can all realise with collective commitment of trade development partners to which the Enugu Chamber of Commerce belongs. “The Nigerian maritime industry is a prime economic driver, bearing in mind that 85% by volume of economic activities are delivered through the ports worldwide. Maritime transport remains the gateway to the global marketplace. Ports are catalysts for economic development as they enable trade and support supply chain,” he said.


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Military Destroys Illegal Refining Sites, Boats In Aerial Bombardment Rivers
Military Destroys Illegal Refining Sites, Boats In Aerial Bombardment Rivers

The air component of Nigeria’s military’s special taskforce, “Operation Delta Safe’’ bombarded several illegal oil refining sites and other bases of economic saboteurs in Rivers. Director, Public Relations and Information at the Nigerian Air Force, AVM Edward Gabkwet, stated on in Abuja that the air strikes diminished the capabilities of oil thieves significantly. He assured that the strikes ensured that economic saboteurs hit would no longer be able to burst pipelines to steal crude oil. Gabkwet stated that an illegal refining site was destroyed at Idama community and four boats which reconnaissance found to have been loaded with illegally-refined products were equally destroyed.


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MWUN Blames Insufficient Oversight By NPA for IOCs’ Disregard of Stevedoring Contractors
MWUN Blames Insufficient Oversight By NPA for IOCs’ Disregard of Stevedoring Contractors

The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has raised serious concerns over the insufficient oversight provided by the Nigeria Port Authority (NPA), which it blames for the ongoing non-compliance of International Oil Companies (IOCs) with regulations concerning stevedoring contractors. Despite several interventions and agreements that were aimed at ensuring that the IOCs allow proper access and operations for stevedoring contractors, findings by our correspondent reveal that compliance remains patchy and largely insufficient, leading to renewed calls for action from maritime workers.


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NPA Evaluates The Flow Of Export Shipments Arriving At Ports
NPA Evaluates The Flow Of Export Shipments Arriving At Ports`NPA Evaluates The Flow Of Export Shipments Arriving At Ports

In a bid to reduce congestion and encourage timely movement of export cargoes into ports in Lagos, the management of the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, has opened a 72 hours access window to all export trucks within which to access various terminals. The NPA also said that failure to access the ports within the time frame, export cargo trucks will have their truck access tickets deactivated automatically. In a notice to stakeholders titled ‘Important Update: Revised Access Window for left-Pregated Export Trucks’ issued by the management of Truck Transit Parks Limited, TTP, on behalf the Nigerian Ports Authority, the agency also said that the new policy aims at improving traffic flow and reducing congestion around the port access roads.


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Navy Decries Upsurge Of Stowaways In Lagos
Navy Decries Upsurge Of Stowaways In Lagos`Navy Decries Upsurge Of Stowaways In Lagos

The Nigerian Navy has expressed concerns over increasing incidents of stowaways on Nigerian waters. It said a total of 75 stowaways were arrested in different ships and cargo in the maritime areas within Lagos from August 2023 to April 2024. Navy’s spokesperson, Commodore A Adama-Aliu, announced this in a statement April 17. Adams-Aliu said the stowaways were apprehended during operations within the past nine months. He said: “In line with the strategic directive of the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla, the Nigerian Navy deployed advanced Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) equipment to vector Quick Response Teams (QRT) to all parts of Nigeria’s territorial waters.


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