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Gulf of Guinea Focus: Week 7


FG Inaugurates NIMASA Service Charter
FG Inaugurates NIMASA Service Charter

The Federal Government has inaugurated the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Service Charter and Grievance Redress Mechanism. At the inauguration ceremony in Abuja, the Minister of Maritime and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola, said the service charter will enhance efficiency, transparency and customer-focussed maritime sector. Oyetola, who was represented by Mr Babatunde Bombata, the Director of Maritime Safety and Security in the ministry, said the document symbolised a renewed commitment to service excellence, responsiveness, and continuous improvement within NIMASA.He added that the Charter will facilitate NIMASA’s dedication in providing world-class services to their stakeholders and foster an environment that encouraged sustainable growth in the blue economy.


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Oil Theft: Police Arrest 58 Suspects, 2 Vessels In 2 Months
Oil Theft: Police Arrest 58 Suspects, 2 Vessels In 2 Months

The Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mr Olukayode Egbetokun says the Special Task Force on Petroleum and Illegal Bunkering (STFPIB) has arrested 59 suspects and two vessels over oil theft in two months. Egbetokun said this in Abuja at the opening of a conference with Strategic Police Managers, consisting of officers from the rank of Commissioners of Police and above. He said six trucks, one Toyota Camry vehicle, 200 sacks of adulterated automotive gas oil (AGO) and 80 drums of adulterated AGO were also recovered by operatives of STFPIB. The I-G said that other items recovered in January and part of February, were 40 Gee Pee tanks of adulterated AGO and 62,000 litres of adulterated AGO. According to him, one of the prominent achievements of the task force was the arrest of 23 male suspects and recovery of vessel MT Kali, following intelligence received from a private security contractor.


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APM Terminals to Invest Additional $500m in Apapa Port
APM Terminals to Invest Additional $500m in Apapa Port

Top container terminal operator, APM Terminals has expressed its readiness to invest a sum of $500million at the Lagos Port Complex Apapa, to expand the port and make it one of the largest in Africa. APM Terminals Global CEO, Keith Svendsen disclosed this on Thursday when he met with top Nigerian government officials including President Bola Ahmed Tinubu; Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola; Minister of Transportation, Senator Saidu Alkali and the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Doris Uzoka-Anita, in Abuja. Svendsen, who was accompanied on the visit by the Country CEO of APM Terminals Nigeria, Frederik Klinke and a Board Member of APM Terminals Apapa, Koye Edu, assured of the Group’s long-term commitment to Nigeria.


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Navy Arrests 10 Suspects, Vessel With 7,000 Barrels Of Crude Oil
Navy Arrests 10 Suspects, Vessel With 7,000 Barrels Of Crude Oil

The Nigerian Navy has arrested 10 persons suspected to be dealing in oil bunkering in Akwa Ibom. Commodore Madumom Ide, the Commander of Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Jubilee, made the disclosure to newsmen at Ibaka in Mbo LGA of the state. He said that the arrest was made at Ikot Abasi LGA of the state on Dec. 28, 2023. The commander added that the navy impounded a vessel codenamed “Motor Tanker Queen Hansal” containing products suspected to be crude oil. “Ten suspects were arrested – one captain and nine crew members – all Nigerians. “The vessel, as it stands, has capacity for 1,022 tonnes translating to over 7,000 barrel of oil, which is about over N800 million.


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USCG Proposes Three-Year Collaboration with NIMASA to Enhance Maritime Security
USCG Proposes Three-Year Collaboration with NIMASA to Enhance Maritime Security

In a bid to bolster safety and security measures on Nigerian waters, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) has proposed a comprehensive three-year plan to collaborate with the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA). This initiative aims to address and ultimately remove the Condition of Entry (CoE) imposed on vessels bound for the United States from Nigeria. Director-General of NIMASA, Jamoh, reaffirmed the commitment to prioritize safety and security in the region. Cdr. Juliet Hudson at the USCG headquarters in Washington DC disclosed this during a peer review visit by a delegation from NIMASA. Hudson announced a bi-annual assessment of compliance level with ISPS implementation at Nigerian Ports working with NIMASA.


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NIMASA Moves Floating Dock To Standard Flour Mills Jetty
NIMASA Moves Floating Dock To Standard Flour Mills Jetty

The Nigerian Maritime and Safety Administration (NIMASA) commenced preparations to deploy its modular floating dock for installation by moving the facility to a jetty at the Standard Flour Mills in Apapa in preparation for its movement to the scheduled operational base at the Continental Shipyard, Apapa. In a statement signed by NIMASA Spokesman Edward Osagie, the heavy 50-ton cylindrical spuds, which are for anchoring the dock, are being prepared for installation. “We are moving slowly but steadily to our destination. Today, we are lifting out the cylindrical spuds to be prepared for piling at the Continental Shipyard, where the Floating Dock is scheduled to commence operations. These spuds have to be firmly installed before we can tow the floating dock there. We assure stakeholders that very soon, Nigeria will save foreign earnings with the commencement of operations at our dock,” NIMASA Director General, Dr Bashir Jamoh, said.


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