top of page
  • Writer's pictureAgwe Global

Gulf of Guinea Focus Week 47


Cargo Ship Sinks Off Greek Island
Cargo Ship Sinks Off Greek Island

A cargo ship carrying salt sank off the Greek island of Lesbos, with all but one of its 14-strong crew still missing, the Greek coast guard said. The Comoros-flagged ship “Raptor” had departed from El Dekheila port in Egypt and was sailing to Istanbul when it reported a mechanical failure and issued a distress call early, the Greek coast guard said. Eight of the crew were Egyptians and the rest were Syrians and Indians. The coast guard had rescued one person, who was airlifted by helicopter in gale force winds.


For further information please check the link below:





Tantita Security To Address Oil Theft In GoG At MARAN Annual Lecture
Tantita Security To Address Oil Theft In GoG At MARAN Annual Lecture

With barely 48 hours to the much-anticipated Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria’s (MARAN) Annual Maritime Lecture (MAMAL), Captain Warredi Enisuoh, Executive Director of Operations and Technical of Tantita Security Services Nigeria Limited will deliver an address at the occasion. Warredi will address the issue of Crude Oil Theft in the Gulf of Guinea Region: Emerging Threats and Actionable Steps Perspectives of Operators. Warredi, a seasoned maritime industry player and a former Director at the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) will enumerate the challenges operators face in their day-to-day activities in the GoG and will join other stakeholders to provide comprehensive and sustainable solutions to maritime crimes in the region.


For further information please check the link below:





FG To Invest $1.1Billion To Rehabilitate Nigerian Seaports
FG To Invest $1.1Billion To Rehabilitate Nigerian Seaports

To improve the efficiency of existing seaports in Nigeria, the Federal Government, through the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) will be investing about $1.1 billion to fully rehabilitate decaying port infrastructure at Tin Can, Apapa, Rivers, Delta, Calabar and Onne seaports. According to the Managing Director, NPA; Mohammed Bello Koko, some of these ports were built about century ago and have not been rebuilt since then. He noted that due to the decaying quay walls, the terminal operators are unable to deploy modern cargo handling equipment such as ship-to-shore cranes. He lamented that the deplorable state of the infrastructure often results in high turnaround times of vessels. Specifically, the ports to be rehabilitated are: Tin Can Island Port Complex, where there would be a reconstruction of 2, 563m Quay Wall and Pavement including other works.


For further information please check the link below:





Senegalese Navy Seizes 3 Tonnes of Cocaine From Ship
Senegalese Navy Seizes 3 Tonnes of Cocaine From Ship

A Senegalese navy patrol boat has seized nearly 3 tonnes of pure cocaine from a vessel it intercepted 150km off the coast, the navy said in a statement. It said the boat and its cargo had been escorted to the Admiral Faye Gassama Naval Base in the capital Dakar and handed over to the relevant authorities. It did not provide any further details. Photos posted by the navy on social media platform X showed a rusty hulled ship called the Ville d’Abidjan at dock, dozens of suitcase sized bundles wrapped in colourful plastic, and police officers examining a white substance apparently extracted from the haul. Drug smugglers often use West African countries as a transit point to ship cocaine from South America to Europe.


For further information please check the link below:





Nigeria’s Waters Now Secured For Local, Intl. Trade – Navy Chief
Nigeria’s Waters Now Secured For Local, Intl. Trade – Navy Chief

The Nigeria Navy says it has successfully secured the country’s territorial waters for local and international merchant ships to transport goods and services without fear of criminal attacks. Rear Adm. Zakariyya Muhammad, Chief of Training and Operations, Nigeria Navy, gave this indication to newsmen in Onne, Rivers, at the end of a four-day naval expedition, codenamed “Exercise Nchekwa Oshimiri 2023”. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the four day exercise, tagged ‘Chief of the Naval Staff 2023 Annual Sea Inspection’, featured 13 warships, 88 patrol boats, two helicopters and 4,000 personnel. Muhammad said the navy was able to fully secure the nation’s maritime environment with enhanced presence of its patrol boats and warships at sea.


For further information please check the link below:





Nigeria To Set Up Coast Guards Soon — Oyetola
Nigeria To Set Up Coast Guards Soon — Oyetola

The Minister for Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola, has disclosed plans to set up coast guards to improve safety and security on Nigeria’s waters. Oyetola made the disclosure in London while meeting with the officials of some countries on the sidelines of the ongoing 33rd session of International Maritime Organisation (IMO) General Assembly. “As we continue to expand and develop the activities of the sector, there will be need to deepen security architecture within the maritime space, so we are considering setting up Coast Guards and we believe that they will complement the existing security architecture to further secure our maritime space,” Oyetola told Brazil’s Chief of Navy’s General Staff, Adm José Augusto V. da Cunha de Menezes.


For further information please check the link below:


2 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All
bottom of page