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Gulf of Guinea Focus: Week 26


New Study Reveals The Scale And Costs Of Maritime Corruption
New Study Reveals The Scale And Costs Of Maritime Corruption

For over a decade, the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) has gathered first-hand data to map the extent of maritime corruption in the port and maritime sector. While detailed accounts of the direct cost of corruption have been documented, a comprehensive assessment of its overall monetary impact on the maritime industry and wider society, including indirect costs such as extended vessel lead times and delays, has been lacking. A new MACN study, developed by Danish consultancy QBIS, quantifies the dollar value of corruption for the private sector, government, and society, including hidden indirect costs from corrupt practices across the maritime supply chain. The study captures import costs from sea transport to the price to the end consumer, excluding profit, while considering hidden indirect costs from long lead times, delays, and corrupt payments.


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Nigerian Navy Exhibition Showcases Products For Safety On Waters
Nigerian Navy Exhibition Showcases Products For Safety On Waters

At the June 21 World Hydrography Day (WHD) commemorated by the Nigerian Navy in Abuja, various stakeholders, and private and government agencies showcased products and services relevant to the National Hydrographic Agency towards a sustainable Blue Economy. The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), intending to make 2000 kilometres of the Inland Waterways navigable under the current government, was an exhibitor at the WHD. The agency has stepped up a nationwide network of permanent electronic tide gauge stations, located in some parts of the country, for the accurate and timely measurement of water levels, and environmental and weather information..


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NNPC Ltd Set to Deliver Gas Revolution with OB3 Gas Pipeline Project
NNPC Ltd Set to Deliver Gas Revolution with OB3 Gas Pipeline Project

In yet another major step towards boosting nationwide gas supply to drive industrialization and economic growth, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC Ltd) is set to deliver the Obiafu-Obrikom-Oben (OB3) Gas Pipeline project. Group Chief Executive Officer of NNPC Ltd, Mr. Mele Kyari, confirmed this during an inspection tour of the OB3 pipeline River Niger Crossing operation at Aboh, Delta State. By design, the OB3 Gas pipeline is the inter-connector which links the Eastern gas pipeline network to the Escravos-Lagos Pipeline System (ELPS) in the West and the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) Pipeline in the North.


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Oyetola, Onyejeocha, Mobereola to Headline Day Of The Seafarer Event
Oyetola, Onyejeocha, Mobereola to Headline Day Of The Seafarer Event

Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola, Minister of State, Labour and productivity Honorable Nkeiruka Onyejeocha and the Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dayo Mobereola are among top government officials expected to participate in the 2024 Day of the Seafarer event holding in Lagos. Leaders of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, Nigerian Association of Master Mariners, Nigerian Merchant Navy Officers Association and Head of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) Seafarer’s Trust Fund, Katie Higginbottom, are also expected to be part of the event.


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Court Orders Arrest of Vessel; MT Ayodeji for Alleged Illegal Berthing, Mandates Lawyer to Produce Bail Bond
Court Orders Arrest of Vessel; MT Ayodeji for Alleged Illegal Berthing, Mandates Lawyer to Produce Bail Bond

A Lagos Federal High Court, has made an order mandating a lawyer, Ikechukwu Ukadike of Queen Ukadike & Associates, solicitors to the owners of the vessel MT. Ayodeji, to furnish the court, a company and Ecobank Nigeria Limited with a Bail Bond, for the alleged illegal berthing of the vessel, as damages for the flagrant trespass on the facility by the unauthorized discharged of products therein, as legally enjoyed, in line with the undertaking in the “Praecipe for Caveat against Arrest” dated April 29, 2024. Justice Yelim Bogoro who presided over the court, while making the above order, held that “in the likely of the event that the lawyer failed to comply with the within 24 hours upon being served with the order, made the following.


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Army Burns 14 Oil-Laden Boats, Arrests Six
Army Burns 14 Oil-Laden Boats, Arrests Six

The Nigerian Army has vowed to crush criminals involved in the vandalism of crude oil installations in the Niger Delta region. The General Officer Commanding 82 Division, Maj. Gen. Hassan Dada stated this shortly after an operation against suspected oil thieves at Isimmiri Waterside, in the Ukwa West Local Government Area of Abia State. Dada, in a statement, revealed that six suspects were arrested in connection with the illegal oil bunkering, adding that 14 oil bunkering vessels laden with stolen crude oil were confiscated during the operation. He pointed out that the seized vessels would be set ablaze, including eight large Cotonou boats.


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