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Gulf of Guinea Focus: Week 18


Maritime Crime: Navy Extends Operation Delta Sanity By 3 Months
Maritime Crime: Navy Extends Operation Delta Sanity By 3 Months

The Nigerian Navy has extended its ongoing special military exercise in the Niger Delta, Operation Delta Sanity (ODS), by three months. Vice Adm. Emmanual Ogalla, the Chief of Naval Staff, told journalists at NNS Pathfinder in Port Harcourt that the extension was prompted by the significant achievements made by its operations. He stressed that the special military intervention, initiated on Jan. 6 to combat the escalating crude oil theft and other maritime crimes in the Niger Delta, had been successful. According to him, President Bola Tinubu has tasked the navy to eliminate oil theft and ramp up Nigeria’s oil production to optimal production level.


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Stand Firm In Fight Against Oil Theft, Fubara charges CNS
Stand Firm In Fight Against Oil Theft, Fubara charges CNS

Gov. Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers, urged the Nigerian Navy to be firm in the fight against all forms of economic sabotage, particularly crude oil theft, in the nation’s waterways. Fubara gave the charge when he received the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Adm. Emmanuel Ogalla, at Government House, Port Harcourt. The Governor said that Nigeria some of the challenges in Nigeria which should not be overlooked included rising insecurity and criminal activities that threatened the national economy. Fubara said his administration would give necessary support to the Nigerian Navy to make sure it deliver on it’s mandate. “Your duty, include to reduce, if it cannot be eliminated completely, the criminalities perpetrated on the waterways, oil theft and others.


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NPA Secures $700m Loan For Apapa, Tincan Ports Rehabilitation
NPA Secures $700m Loan For Apapa, Tincan Ports Rehabilitation

The Nigerian Ports Authority has secured a $700 million loan from Citibank and funded the United Kingdom Export Finance to rehabilitate the Apapa and Tincan Island Ports in Lagos. The Managing Director of the NPA, Mohammed Bello-Koko, disclosed this in a statement, noting that the loan mandate letter would be sent to the Debt Management Office for final review and approval. He said NPA had opened discussions with another funding agency to finance the upgrading of the Eastern Ports, including Calabar, Warri, Onne, and Rivers Ports, and the reconstruction of Escravos Breakwater.


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Navy Recruits 1,486 To Tackle Oil Theft, Piracy
Navy Recruits 1,486 To Tackle Oil Theft, Piracy

Minister of State for Defence, Bello Matawalle, says the Nigeria Navy has recruited 1,486 personnel to boost the manpower needed for effective internal security operations in the Niger Delta. Mr Matawalle said this during the Passing Out Parade (POP) of Nigerian Navy’s Batch 35 Trainees at the Nigeria Navy Basic Training School in Onne, Rivers. He said that the ratings went through six months extensive warfare and maritime combat training to equip them for the ongoing fight against oil thieves, pipeline vandals, and sea pirates, among other criminals. “These young men and women are joining the Nigeria Navy at a time the Armed Forces need personnel with strength, courage, and resolve to combat the security challenges we face.


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Onne Port Complex Berths Another Vessel Measuring 300 Meters
Onne Port Complex Berths Another Vessel Measuring 300 Meters

The Onne Port Complex of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on April 27, 2024 said the port successfully berthed a container vessel with Length over All (LOA) of 300 Metres.

The vessel christened “KOTA CEMPAKA” with International Maritime Organization (IMO) number 9638965 sailing under the flag of Singapore shipped in 566 laden containers. Responding to the development, Managing Director Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Mohammed Bello KoKo said “this is a confirmation of the capacity and readiness of Eastern Ports for vessel traffic. This also shows that our investments in channel navigability and security are yielding results. We will sustain our advocacy for the patronage of the Eastern Ports”.


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How We Rescued 250 Passengers Onboard Capsized Boat In Rivers — Navy
How We Rescued 250 Passengers Onboard Capsized Boat In Rivers — Navy

The Nigerian Navy said its personnel rescued more than 250 passengers from a three-deck wooden boat that capsized in Rivers State. Naval spokesman, Commodore Adams-Aliu said the boat was approaching Rivers State waters when it encountered stormy waters and collided with a rock. Adams-Aliu said personnel of Naval Security Station 023 deployed along Cawthorne Channel in Rivers State rescued the passengers after receiving a distress call. “The ill-fated boat, MV PRECIOUS EMMANUEL cast off from a local market in Sangana area of Bayelsa State and was making way to Rivers State when it encountered stormy waters and hit a wreck which damaged its hull causing it to capsize.


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