Nigeria: Government to Detain Vessels with Guards on Board

The Federal Government has said that it will not hesitate to detain any vessel entering the country’s territorial and coastal waters with security escorts on board, whether armed or unarmed. The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, gave this warning when the agency detained three vessels, LILAC VICTORIA, UACC EAGLE and MORGANE, because they sailed into Nigeria with individuals linked to private security firms overseas offering training on the use of weapons.

Members are advised to note this intention which has been corroborated by other third party sources. BIMCO Guidance on Gulf of Guinea Piracy can be found in “Guidelines for Owners, Operators and Masters for Protection against Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea Region”.

Source: Vanguard


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