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Gulf of Guinea Focus: Week 6


Army Recovers 5m Litres of Stolen Crude Oil in Rivers
Army Recovers 5m Litres of Stolen Crude Oil in Rivers

The Nigerian Army has seized about 5 million litres of stolen crude oil, worth billions of naira, a senior army official has revealed. Maj.-Gen. Jamaal Abdussalam, the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 6 Division, Nigeria Army, Port Harcourt, led newsmen to the location of the seized petroleum product in Oyibo, Rivers. He said troops discovered an intelligence report that uncovered a massive illegal refining site in a dense forest at the Kom-Kom community in Oyibo.“In continuation of our ongoing operations to dismantle all illegal refineries and illegal pipeline connections, on January 31, we received credible intelligence about the activities of oil thieves in Oyibo.“Upon receiving the intelligence report, troops were deployed, and they raided the location (illegal refinery).


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APM Terminals Reiterates Need for Port Stakeholders Collaboration
APM Terminals Reiterates Need for Port Stakeholders Collaboration

The Terminal Manager, APM Terminals Apapa, Steen Knudsen has reiterated the need for collaboration across all stakeholders in the logistics value chain to improve port operations. He made this known recently when the Executive Secretary/CEO of Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Barr. Akutah Pius Ukeyima, and a delegation of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) led by the National President, Nwokeji Emenike, visited the terminal separately. Knudsen said many of the factors militating against the prompt delivery of containers at the terminal are outside the control of the terminal operator. “The terminal has improved on its processes though automation, as importers and their agents can now book their containers for examination and carry out other transactions online from the comfort of their homes or offices without having to visit the terminal.


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NSCDC Arrests 6 Suspected Illegal Petroleum Products Dealers
NSCDC Arrests 6 Suspected Illegal Petroleum Products Dealers

The Akwa Ibom Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has arrested six persons in connection with alleged illegal dealing in petroleum products and impersonation.Its Commandant, Mr Eluyemi Eluwade, who addressed a news conference in Uyo, said that the suspects were arrested along Calabar-Itu Highway on Jan. 29, by operatives of the Anti-vandal squad. He said that the command also impounded a Truck used by the suspects to convey the illegal products and a vehicle used as escort. The commandant said that the suspects disguised as a joint task force of a security agency and were found with a truck conveying about 45,000 liters of diesel to an unknown destination without requisite documents.


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I Paid N4,000 To Be ‘Smuggled’ Into Ship, Says Stowaway
I Paid N4,000 To Be ‘Smuggled’ Into Ship, Says Stowaway

A stowaway, who identified himself as Denise Commander, said he paid N4,000 to a fisherman in Apapa to “smuggle him” into a ship heading to Spain. A stowaway is someone who hides on a ship, airplane or other means of transportation in order to travel without paying or being seen. Denise Commander, who is one of the stowaways arrested by the Nigerian Navy ship NNS Beecroft at the anchored in Apapa, said it was the fisherman who provided him with details of the ship and told him that it would take 14 days to get to Spain. The nine stowaways were arrested after they were sighted clinging to the rudder of the vessel by naval operatives manning the maritime domain surveillance facility, Falcon Eye.


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IMO Secretary-General Maps Agenda Calling For Improving Shipping’s Image
IMO Secretary-General Maps Agenda Calling For Improving Shipping’s Image

A month after officially assuming the role of Secretary-General for the International Maritime Organization, Arsenio Dominguez addressed his vision for the organization as well as the challenges he sees as the priorities for the international shipping agency. He mapped out his agenda for his four-year term drawing on his 20 years of experience serving at the IMO. Dominguez was elected to his position in July 2023 by the delegates rising from his position as head of the IMO’s Maritime Environment Protection Division. As such, he was already closely involved with one of the key issues facing the IMO, global warming, and the drive to decarbonization. As part of his agenda, he mapped out an aggressive series of steps for the IMO over the next two years saying in his update that the IMO was the first UN agency and first sector to define a global strategy to cut greenhouse gas emissions.


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Navy Impounds N1.05bn Worth Of Crude Oil In 1 Week
Navy Impounds N1.05bn Worth Of Crude Oil In 1 Week

The Nigerian Navy (NN) says the troops of Operation Delta Sanity have intercepted 4,036.7 barrels of crude oil and 270,600 litres of illegally refined AGO, valued N1.05 billion from oil thieves in one week. The Director of Naval Information, Rear Adm. Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, made this known in a statement in Abuja on the operations conducted by the navy between Jan. 29 and Feb. 4. Ayo-Vaughan said the operations also led to the deactivation of 40 wooden boats, 55 illegal refining ovens, 49 reservoirs, 27 dugout pits and 19 illegal refining sites. According to him, the various NN platforms deployed for the operation have continued to conduct aggressive patrols to combat oil theft within Nigeria’s maritime environment.


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