Investors put off by Nigeria’s piracy problem

Maritime chief pledges to lead the fight against piracy to counter the negative impact of attacks in the Gulf of Guinea which are deterring would-be investors in Nigeria’s shipping sector

Linton Nightingale

THE heightened risk piracy attacks in the Gulf of Guinea is putting progress in Nigeria’s shipping sector on hold, with would-be investors deterred due to the heightened security issue.

Dr Dakuka Peterside, director general of the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, which is responsible for overseeing security under its scope of activities in the country’s coastal waters, said the “negative impact” of hijackings and kidnappings are stunting shipping’s development.

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Source: lloydslist.maritimeintelligence.informa.com

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NIMASA averts fire disaster onboard oil tanker in Lagos

By Sulaimon Salau

What could have been a major disaster at the Lagos anchorage was yesterday averted, as the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA’s) swift intervention rescued a burning crude oil tanker, Sea Voyager.

NIMASA confirmed the incident on its social media platform, adding that the Regional Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (RMRCC), at Kirikiri, mobilised fire-fighters from other government agencies including the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), to put out the fire.

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Source: guardian.ng

Growing maritime insecurity raises question on NIMASA’s $195m maritime security contract to Israeli firm

By Samson Echenim

Despite a running $195 million maritime security contract awarded to Israeli firm, Messrs HLSI Security Systems and Technologies by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Nigeria is seeing growing incidences of piracy attacks and vessel hijacking.

The situation has led to shipping companies now spending millions of dollars in providing security onboard the vessels while in Nigerian waters.

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Source: businessamlive.com

NIMASA dismisses report placing Nigeria top on piracy list

Anna Okon

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency has described as unverified, reports stating that Nigeria had again taken the lead in piracy attacks in the second quarter of 2019.

The report released by the International Maritime Bureau, indicated that between January and June, Nigeria led the table of pirate attacks with 21 recorded incidents, beating Indonesia that recorded 11, Venezuela with six attacks and Peru with four attacks.

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Nigeria’s Buhari Signs Bill to Fight Piracy and Boost Security

By Tope Alake

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed into law an anti-piracy bill to improve security on Nigeria waterways and exclusive economic zone, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency said.

The so-called Suppression of Piracy and other Maritime Offences Bill will “ensure safe and secure shipping on Nigerian waters, prosecute infractions, and criminalize piracy,” the agency known as NIMASA said in emailed statement Wednesday.

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Source: bloomberg.com

Anti-piracy bill will combat maritime crime as sector creates 7,000 jobs

By Tope Templer Olaiya, Sulaimon Salau, Gloria Ehiaghe (Lagos) and Rotimi Agboluaje (Ibadan)

Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dakuku Peterside, has said the agency was taking strategic steps to deal with maritime piracy.

He disclosed that the anti-piracy bill, sponsored by NIMASA, has been passed by the National Assembly and as soon as it is signed into law, it would help tame piracy in and open up more opportunities in the sector.

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Source: guardian.ng

NIMASA partners USA, UK on ship registry

The Director-General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dakuku Peterside, said the agency is partnering with foreign ship registry to reposition the Nigerian Ship Registry (NSR).

Peterside disclosed this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja.

“We are also reforming the Nigeria Ship Registration Office. For a very long time the Nigeria ship registry has not been very competitive, so we are developing a lot of partnerships.”

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Source: thenewsnigeria.com.ng