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Gulf of Guinea Focus - Week 50


ECOWAS Maritime Domain Celebrates 10 Years Impact Of Yaoundécode Of Conduct
ECOWAS Maritime Domain Celebrates 10 Years Impact Of Yaoundécode Of Conduct

The Multinational Maritime Coordination Centre (MMCC) Zone E, comprising of Nigeria, Republic of Benin, Togo and Niger, celebrated 10 years impact of the Yaoundé Code of Conduct to West African region.The event, which had the theme: “Impact On Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)’’, took place at the MMCC Zone E complex, Agblangandan, CENSAD, Cotonou, Republic of Benin. The Yaoundé Code of Conduct for the Repression of Acts of Piracy, Armed Robbery against Ships and Illicit Maritime Activities in West and Central Africa was adopted in 2013. It was adopted by the Gulf of Guinea States as well as the Maritime Safety and Security Architecture of the Gulf of Guinea, which was established by ECCAS, ECOWAS and the Gulf of Guinea Commission.


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Bulgarian-Owned Bulker Boarded South of Yemen in Arabian Sea
Bulgarian-Owned Bulker Boarded South of Yemen in Arabian Sea

Bulgaria’s largest shipping company, Navigation Maritime Bulgare (NAVIBULGAR) issued a written statement confirming the earlier reports of an ongoing incident aboard one of its vessels sailing in the Arabian Sea. Details on the situation remain sketchy and the whereabouts of the vessel are unknown as well as if it has been intercepted by any of the naval forces in the region. The company writes that its vessel the Ruen (42,300 dwt) registered in Malta is “the subject of a security incident 380 nautical miles east of the island of Socotra, Yemen.” They reported they are coordinating with the international authorities after losing contact with the vessel and that their priority is the safety of the 18 crewmembers onboard. Media reports from Bulgaria indicate that the crew are Bulgarian and Myanmar citizens.


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Navy’s Effort Leads To Increased Daily Crude Oil Production
Navy’s Effort Leads To Increased Daily Crude Oil Production

Sen. George Akume, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, says the efforts of the Nigerian Navy have led to increased daily crude oil production to about 1.5 million barrels per day as of November. Akume said this at the Nigerian Navy’s Ceremonial Sunset and Awards Night 2023 in Abuja. He commended the efforts of the navy for playing its statutory duty of securing the vast strategic resources in the nation’s maritime domain. According to him, the Nigerian Navy has employed cutting edge technology to maritime surveillance and sustained presence in the maritime environment, thereby ensuring security of Nigerian waters as well as the entire Gulf of Guinea. “Noteworthy is that the efforts of the Nigerian Navy have further led to delisting of Nigeria from the International Maritime Bureau piracy list.


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UN Grants Nigeria’s Maritime Border Extension To 220 Nautical Miles, Boosting Economic Prospects
UN Grants Nigeria’s Maritime Border Extension To 220 Nautical Miles, Boosting Economic Prospects

The United Nations has granted Nigeria’s request for an extension of her continental shelf from 200 to 220 Nautical Miles. The consent coincides with the establishment of the Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. This extension is anticipated to provide a significant boost to the Nigerian maritime sector. Adnan Rashid Nasser Al-Azri, Chairman of the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS), disclosed the approval, enabling Nigeria to redraw its territorial map in the Gulf of Guinea.This grants the country the right to explore the abundant carbon and marine resources believed to exist in the region. Dr. Bashir Jamoh Director General of the NIMASA, according to a press statement issued by the Assistant Director public relations of the agency Osagie Edward.


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Navy Foils Illegal Maritime Activities, Arrests 14 In Akwa Ibom
Navy Foils Illegal Maritime Activities, Arrests 14 In Akwa Ibom

Operatives of the Nigerian Navy’s Forward Operating Base (FOB) in Ibaka, Mbo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State have intercepted a syndicate engaged in illegal maritime activities, arresting 14 individuals and impounding a vessel used in their unlawful operations. Capt. Uche Aneke, the Commanding Officer of the base, revealed to journalists that the apprehended group, including four Ghanaians and 10 Nigerians, were caught within the vicinity of the Calabar channel, located within the maritime boundaries of Akwa Ibom and Cross River states. The operation resulted in the seizure of a vessel named MFT – LAMU 1, bearing the registration number LA 799, which was actively involved in illegal trawling within the Calabar channel. Capt. Aneke noted that such actions contravene fisheries laws, prompting the Navy’s intervention to enforce maritime regulations.


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Shippers Mask Positions, Weigh Options Amid Red Sea Attacks
Shippers Mask Positions, Weigh Options Amid Red Sea Attacks

News wire — A number of container ships are anchored in the Red Sea and others have turned off tracking systems as traders adjust routes and prices in response to maritime attacks by Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthis on the world’s main East-West trade route. Attacks on ships in the major Red Sea shipping route have raised the spectre of another bout of disruption to international commerce following the upheaval of the COVID pandemic, and prompted a U.S.-led international force to patrol waters near Yemen. The Red Sea is linked to the Mediterranean by the Suez Canal, which creates the shortest shipping route between Europe and Asia. About 12% of world shipping traffic transits the canal. Major shippers including Hapag Lloyd, MSC and Maersk, oil major BP and oil tanker group Frontline have said they will be avoiding the Red Sea route and re-routing via southern Africa’s Cape of Good Hope.


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