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Gulf of Guinea Focus - Week 46


Navy, NIMASA, Police, Others Collaborate on Security
Navy, NIMASA, Police, Others Collaborate on Security

The Nigerian Navy flagged off the Western Naval Command Fourth Quarter Sea Exercise weekend, code-named EX EJA EXPRESSION. The event included fleet maneuvers and gunnery exercises aimed at enhancing the ships’ warfighting capabilities. Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Mustapha Hassan, highlighted that the exercise aims to combat Illegal, Unregulated, and Unreported Fishing (IUUF) and other maritime crimes in the Gulf of Guinea. Rear Admiral Hassan explained that the exercise’s name, derived from both Yoruba and English languages, signifies its purpose, with “EJA” meaning fish in English. “The exercise is a multi-faceted outing, and the name gives an inclination of one of the ideas behind it. Illegal Unregulated and Unreported Fishing (IUUF) is well-known in the Gulf of Guinea. “Therefore, to hone our skills in our policing role, we will train today on vertical insertion and Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure (VBSS) using our helicopters and interceptor boats,” he added.


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Tankers ‘will avoid Nigeria unless it scraps tax campaign’
Tankers ‘will avoid Nigeria unless it scraps tax campaign’

Tanker companies will increasingly avoid Nigeria unless it ends its pursuit of owners over years of unpaid taxes, Intertanko said. The trade body, which represents about 180 companies behind more than 4,000 crude, product, gas and chemical tankers, called on the authorities to scrap a campaign seeking 13 years of freight back payments for overseas operators. Owners first raised concerns in May after receiving letters from Nigeria’s Inland Revenue demanding payment of taxes from 2010 to 2019 plus penalties and interest, apparently based on a largely ignored law from 2004. Nigeria has called on all tanker operators to settle their tax bills by the end of the year or face reprisals for tax evasion.


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NIMASA, Nigerian Navy Inaugurate Joint Committee On Blue Economy
NIMASA, Nigerian Navy Inaugurate Joint Committee On Blue Economy

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, and the Nigerian Navy have inaugurated a committee to establish ways in which the synergy between both organs of government can be channelled into creating a welcoming environment for investment in the Blue Economy. The Flag Officer Commanding (FOC West), Rear Admiral Mustapha Hassan, who inaugurated the 8-Man Committee charged them to come up with policies to create a welcoming maritime environment for investment in the Nigerian Blue Economy. Membership of the 8-Man Committee includes on the Navy side, Rear Admiral Mustapha Hassan, FOC, Western Naval Command; Cdre K.O. Oguntuga, Commander NNS Beecroft; Cdre N.S. Kaman, COO Western Naval Command and Capt. A. U. Tijani.


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Nigerian Navy rescues Cameroonian Vessel after Drifting for One Month
Nigerian Navy rescues Cameroonian Vessel after Drifting for One Month

The Nigerian Navy said it has rescued a Cameroonian-flagged motor fishing vessel AFKI after moving slowly on the water for one month. The Navy said its vessel NNS Dorina received a distress call on Nov. 1 that the MFV AFKI vessel needed assistance but could not rescue the vessel until Nov. 17. Navy’s spokesperson, Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, who disclosed this in a statement, said the fishing vessel had drifted off her course for four weeks before its eventual rescue in Nigeria waters. He said the vessel, while in transit, suffered depleted fuel to her propulsion engines which resulted in her drifting off the coast of Sao Tome and Principe into Nigeria’s Exclusive Economic Zone.


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CMA CGM Upgrades Services to Nigeria, Others
CMA CGM Upgrades Services to Nigeria, Others

French carrier CMA CGM has announced the upgrading of its services connecting Asia with Nigeria and other countries in West and South Africa. The shipping line said with effect from the first week of December, its WAX service will now be dedicated to Nigeria, Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire, with an enhanced fleet, while WAX3 service will continue to serve Togo and Nigeria. Additionally, the Shaka service will provide transshipment service to Cape Town via Port Louis. The Marseille-based container carrier said it will provide direct services from North, Centre, and South China to West Africa’s biggest markets in Nigeria, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, and Cameroon via its updated services. It said the WAX service will be operated by 13 vessels of 14,000 TEU capacity and will be offered in 91 days.


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FIRS Issues Shipping Companies December 31st Deadline to Reconcile Tax Books
FIRS Issues Shipping Companies December 31st Deadline to Reconcile Tax Books

As part of efforts to ensure strict compliance with the country’s tax laws, the Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Zacch A. Adedeji has charged international shipping companies operating in Nigeria to ensure to reconcile their books with the Service before December 31, 2023. The FIRS Chairman gave this charge in Lagos at a workshop on taxation of non-resident shipping companies organized by FIRS in conjunction with the Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS), according to a statement by Dare Adekanmbi, his special adviser on media. Adedeji revealed that the tax compliance exercise initiated by FIRS on the activities of foreign shipping companies lifting hydrocarbons from Nigeria was not intended to disrupt their operations, but rather a measure to widen to tax net to grow revenue for the government.


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EGINA CRUDE OIL SPILL– NIMASA Monitoring Situation
EGINA CRUDE OIL SPILL– NIMASA Monitoring Situation

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA said it is closely monitoring the Crude oil spill incident which took place during loading operations in Egina on 15th November 2023 at about 6:30am. NIMASA added in a statement signed by its Assistant Director, Public Relations; Mr Osagie Edward that it is working closely with the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency NOSDRA, and Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission, NUPRC from the Crisis Management Room (CMR), where the spill is being monitored real time using oil spill monitoring software from the Emergency Response Centre.


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