NIMASA, IMO, BIMCO, others form working group against piracy

Arrests 27 suspected pirates in three months

Stories by Godwin Oritse

THE Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, has stated that it has shaped a working group with the International Maritime Organisation, IMO, Baltic and International Maritime Council, BIMCO; the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners, INTERTANKO, and different worldwide transport our bodies world wide to deal with the menace of pirates within the Gulf of Guinea.

This got here because the company, in collaboration with the Nigerian Navy, effected the arrest of 27 pirates within the final three months.

Speaking in Lagos to mark his 100 days in workplace, Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, stated that Nigeria was not asleep in its battle in opposition to piracy because it has additionally educated about 156 marine personnel to deal with the menace.

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The educated personnel, in response to him, have been drawn from NIMASA, Nigerian Ports Authority, the Nigerian Navy, the Nigerian Police and a few from the judiciary whose duty is to prosecute the culprits.

Jamoh additionally acknowledged that every one authorities establishments with maritime safety structure are working in the direction of harmonising these preparations with a view to having a well-coordinated system in giving the ocean criminals a great battle.

On the safety working group, Jamoh stated that there have been plenty of suggestions from the final Global Maritime Security Conference, explaining, nonetheless, that the present working group just isn’t the one initiated on the finish the Global Maritime Security Conference held in Abuja two years in the past.

He acknowledged: “This explicit working group was initiated by some conglomerate teams like BIMCO, INTERTANKO and others however with the assist of the IMO. That is the place we’re and we agreed that each month, a gathering shall be held to evaluation the scenario on the Gulf of Guinea and replace ourselves on points throughout the maritime trade, and this has been yielding a variety of outcomes.

“Like I said that they are issues of security importance and for that reason I cannot divulge some of the information here but what I can say is that it is a good and viable initiative. The working group is being jointly chaired by the international conglomerate group in Europe and by NIMASA in Nigeria.”

Harping on the multiplicity and duplication of maritime safety property, Jamoh acknowledged: “In NIMASA, we’ve C4I; the Nigerian Navy has Falcon Eye, the NPA has C3I and since we’re all serving the identical authorities, we’ll try to harmonise and agree that these platforms will attempt as a lot as attainable and make them inter-face with one another.

“We are currently taking stock of what each institution is having and when we understand the need to work together, we can now cross the T’s and dot the I’s for a safer and secure maritime domain.”

He defined that the NIMASA Search and Rescue Coordinating Centre in Kirikiri, Apapa, Lagos, can be accountable for caring for rescue scenario in 9 international locations alongside the West African sub-region including that the rescue centre at Takwa Bay is ready to be geared up with all the required devices for rescue function.

He disclosed that as quickly because the lockdown was lifted, the gear shall be moved in and the rescue heart shall be deployed to work.

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