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Gulf of Guinea Focus: Week 2


Oil Thieves Sponsoring Malicious Media Campaign Against Navy
Oil Thieves Sponsoring Malicious Media Campaign Against Navy

The Nigerian Navy said criminals, desperate individuals and organisations behind crude oil theft in the country were sponsoring malicious media campaign against it for their selfish interest. The Director of Naval Information, Rear Adm. Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, said this in a statement in Abuja. Ayo-Vaughan said the desperate individuals and organisations were sponsoring unsubstantiated reports in some mainstream media and online news platforms against efforts of the navy towards eradicating crude oil theft and other forms of illegalities in the nation’s maritime domain. According to him, it has been observed that their modus operandi includes sourcing the services of third-party agents/sectional egoists to discredit the reinvigorated stance of the Navy in the fight against crude oil theft.


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Army Destroys 233 Illegal Refineries in 2023
Army Destroys 233 Illegal Refineries in 2023

The 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, destroyed 233 illegal refineries during “Operation Still Waters 3’’ in four states in 2023. The refineries were destroyed in Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Delta and Rivers. General Officer Commanding (GOC) the division, Maj.-Gen. Jamal Abdussalam, made the declaration in Port Harcourt on the side-line of the 2023 West African Social Activities celebration of the army. He said the division also arrested 1,112 suspected oil thieves during the special military exercise in the four states. “In 2023, we successfully completed scheduled exercises with a lot of positive gains. Worthy of note is the field training exercise tagged “Exercise Still Waters 3.’’ “The exercise has gone a long way in curtailing criminal activities and other heinous crimes in the 6 Division’s area of responsibility.


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Ships Flagged in Cameroon Banned by UAE in Shadow Fleet Crackdown
Ships Flagged in Cameroon Banned by UAE in Shadow Fleet Crackdown

The United Arab Emirates quietly joined the efforts to crack down on the growing fleet of so-called shadow tankers operating outside much of the regulatory framework of the shipping industry. Without explanation, they have banned vessels operating under the flag state of the Republic of Cameroon from calling in UAE waters and ports. The UAE’s Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure released a circular dated January 2, 2024, which surfaced on the Port of Fujairah’s website. It announced an update to the list of flag states whose ships are required to have international classification to enter the UAE. “This administration has decided to include the vessels registered under the flag state of Cameroon to the existing list of restricted flag state vessels calling in UAE waters and ports, unless they are classified by a member of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) or by the Emirates Classification Society – Tasneef,”


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Dangote Refinery Receives Fresh Batch of Crude Oil Barrels
Dangote Refinery Receives Fresh Batch of Crude Oil Barrels

T Dangote Refinery appears set to commence production of refined petroleum products with the receipt of the sixth batch of the of barrels of crude supplied by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPCL). The fresh one million Agbami barrels of crude via MT ALMI SUN is the sixth to complete the scheduled 6 million barrels consignment to be delivered to the Dangote facility needed to commence operations by the world’s largest single-train refinery. Exactly a month ago, Dangote Refinery received the first one million barrels of Agbami crude grade from Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited (STASCO), one of the largest trading companies in Nigeria as well as globally, trading over 8 million barrels of crude oil per day.


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Maersk announces $150 per TEU ‘peak season surcharge’ on Nigeria-bound containers
Maersk announces $150 per TEU ‘peak season surcharge’ on Nigeria-bound containers

Leading container shipping line Maersk has announced the imposition of US$150 Peak Season Surcharge (PSS) per twenty equivalent unit (TEU) container and US$300 per forty equivalent unit (FEU) container heading to Nigeria from China, Japan, Taiwan and other Asian countries. The Nigeria PSS, which became effective on January 8, also applies to containers originating from Brunei, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, South Korea, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and East Timor. The surcharge on Nigeria-bound cargo is part of an array of Maersk’s new peak season surcharges that will apply to various countries. However, the surcharge from Vietnam to Nigeria (and other West African countries) will be effective on January 18 while the surcharge from Taiwan to Nigeria (and other West African countries) will be effective on February 2.


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CNS Attributes Increase In Oil Production To Good Job By Naval Officers, Ratings In Last 6 Months
CNS Attributes Increase In Oil Production To Good Job By Naval Officers, Ratings In Last 6 Months

Vice Adm. Emmanuel Ogalla, the Chief of the Naval Staff, has attributed the increase in oil production in the past six months to the good job done by his officers and men in oil-producing areas. Ogalla made the assertion when he paid a familiarization visit to officers and naval ratings in the Central Naval Command, Yenagoa, the Bayelsa capital. He said that oil production which was 700,000 barrels per day increased to 1.7 million barrel per day, after his troops took over security duties in the areas. According to Ogalla, who visited the Joint Task Force Operation Delta Safe, the Bayelsa Governor and the Central Naval Command, “when we started in 2023, precisely around June, we went to all the naval formations, assessed the situation and looked at what was the problem at that time the nation’s oil production was about 700,000 barrel per day.


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