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Gulf of Guinea Focus: Week 22


Navy Hands Over Two Vessels, 12 Crew Members To NIMASA, in Bayelsa
Navy Hands Over Two Vessels, 12 Crew Members To NIMASA, in Bayelsa

The Nigerian Navy Forward Operating Base (FOB) FORMOSO over the weekend handed over two vessels, Motor Vessel (MV) RIG RUNNER and MV CELTIC EBENEZER, and 12 members to the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) in Bayelsa. The Commanding Officer FOB FORMOSO, Capt. Murtala Aminu Rogo, said MV RIG RUNNER was arrested on April 2, 2024 by NNS IBENO, while MV CELTIC EBENEZER was arrested on May 2, 2024 by FOB FORMOSO Patrol team, both around Madu Oilfield, off the coast of Bayelsa. Rogo who was represented by the Executive Officer Commander, M.A. Gada, further stated that at the time of the arrest, both vessels were found to be transiting with their Automatic Identification System switched off which violate the Maritime Law.


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Seven Oil Thieves Nabbed With Three Barges In Bayelsa
Seven Oil Thieves Nabbed With Three Barges In Bayelsa

The Nigerian Navy has impounded three barges conveying petroleum products suspected to be crude oil and refined Automative Gas Oil and arrested seven persons at Tunu Community Creek in the Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. Commander, NNS SOROH, Nanmar Lakan, disclosed at the weekend that his command received an intelligent report on the activities of oil thieves going on in the area. Lakan said the seven suspects, who were on board the barges at the time of arrest, claimed to be security men working under the leadership of Tunu, but were being kept in custody pending the conclusion of investigations.


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Reps Seek Alternative Funding For Deep Blue Project
Reps Seek Alternative Funding For Deep Blue Project

The House of Representatives Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration has called for seeking alternate sources of funding for the Federal Government Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure Project, also known as the Deep Blue project. The Deep Blue project is domiciled under the Federal Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy and currently funded by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA). Acting Chairman of the committee, Uduak Odudoh, while speaking in Lagos weekend, acknowledged that the Deep Blue project has played a significant role in maintaining security in Nigerian waters in recent years.


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Operation Delta Sanity: Navy Arrests 6 Vessels – Chief
Operation Delta Sanity: Navy Arrests 6 Vessels – Chief

The Chief of Policy and Plans, Nigerian Navy, Rear Adm. Joseph Akpan, says the Navy has attained the highest state of operational readiness in the discharge of its constitutional roles. Akpan said this while briefing newsmen on the forthcoming 68th Anniversary Celebrations 2024 of the Nigeria Navy (NN) tagged, ‘Navy Week’ in Abuja. He said the Navy under the current Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Emmanuel Ogalla, had achieved huge success in the fight against Crude Oil Theft through Operation Delta Sanity. According to him, nine months after re-launching the operation, it has led to the arrest of various suspects and vessels involved in crude oil theft. “Some of these vessels include MT Kali, MT Sweet Harbour Spirit, MT Saisnil, MV Tokito, MT Vinillaris and MT Sweet Miri, among others.


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Speaker, Minister, Others Seek Establishment Of Shipping Regulatory Agency
Speaker, Minister, Others Seek Establishment Of Shipping Regulatory Agency

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas, Minister of Blue Economy, Gboyega Oyetola and other stakeholders called for the establishment of a shipping regulatory agency for the country. They made the call in Abuja at a public hearing on the Shipping Council’s Repeal and Enactment of the Shippers’ Council and Economic Regulatory Bill. The public hearing was organised by the House Committee on Shipping Services, Port and Harbor, Maritime Safety, Education, and Administration at the National Assembly Complex.Represented by the lawmaker representing Jibia/Kaita Federal Constituency, Katsina State, Sada Soli. The Speaker noted that the move to establish the regulatory agency is aimed at enhancing economic growth and development as well as strengthening the new ministry.


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NNPC Uncovers 122 Illegal Refineries
NNPC Uncovers 122 Illegal Refineries

In a renewed drive against oil theft, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, NNPC, has discovered a total of 122 illegal oil refining sites in the past week across the Niger Delta region. A filling station was also sealed for selling illegally refined fuel to motorists in Akwa Ibom State. According to a documentary released by the NNPC , 65 illegal pipeline connections were uncovered and removed within the past week in Rivers and other states in the oil-rich Niger Delta. While reeling out its efforts in fighting oil theft and vandalism, the NNPC disclosed: “310 incidents were recorded between May 18 and 24 across the Niger Delta region. “The 122 illegal refineries were seen operating at Tomble II, III, IV, Umuajuloke, Rivers State as well as Oporomor III, Eduwini, and Ajatiton in Bayelsa State.


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