Anti-piracy law in focus as NIMASA marks ‘Africa Day of Seas and Oceans’

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has disclosed that NIMASA is championing the passage of a dedicated anti-piracy law aimed at tackling piracy and all forms of illicit crimes on the nation’s waterways.

This is coming five years after the Agency in conjunction with stakeholders in Nigeria’s maritime industry first mooted plans for an the anti-piracy law against the background of alarming increase in piracy incidents in the Gulf of Guinea during that period.

Oil survey team go missing in Maiduguri

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents have kidnapped 10 members of a geological research team from the University of Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), which contracted the work, said on Wednesday.

The NNPC has been surveying for more than a year for what it says could be vast oil reserves in the Lake Chad Basin, a region wracked by Boko Haram's eight-year insurgency, which has killed at least 20,000 people and forced millions to flee their homes.

Navigational safety & security top NPA's operational agenda

In ensuring that navigational safety and security occupies a prime position in operations at the nation’s seaports, the management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has stated that it would collaborate meaningfully with stakeholders towards the sustenance of effective hydrographic charting of the navigable channels.
Furthermore, the Management has assured operators in the sub-sector and international community that it would uphold the highest standards in all operational activities in order to attract more businesses to the Nigerian Ports.

Nigeria to return 20% OPEC cuts to the market

Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA) lifted force majeure on exports of Nigeria’s Forcados oil grade, returning about 250,000 barrels per day (bpd) to world markets, according to shipment data obtained by Bloomberg.
Europe’s largest oil company placed the crude grade under force majeure – meaning the company could miss contractual obligations due to circumstances outside of its control – more than a year ago after repeated attacks on infrastructure by the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA).

Shell lifts Force Majeure on Forcados terminal

Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd has lifted the Force Majeure on exports from the Forcados terminal.
Confirming this in its latest operations update sourced by M&P, Seplat has received notification from the operator of the Forcados terminal, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC), that the Force Majeure on exports from the terminal has been lifted. 


The Managing director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Ms Hadiza Bala-Usman, on Wednesday said that the only agencies of government approved to operate at the ports include the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA); the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS); the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA); the Nigeria Police; the Department of State Security (DSS); the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) and the Port Health.

2017 budget can't take Navy to sea- Chief of Naval Staff

Following the culmination of activities commemorating the 61st anniversary of the Nigerian Navy, Marine & Petroleum spoke with the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas on the strides the navy has made in the last two years of President Muhammadu Buhari's administration. Excerpts. 

How would you say the Navy has fared in the last two years of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration?


$40m to be injected into Atlas Cove upgrade

In preparation of an expected increase in Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) demand in Nigeria by 2025, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu has received Federal Executive Council (FEC) approval for an expansion project at Atlas Cove jetty in Lagos.

The FEC approved the $40 million proposal for the upgrade of the critical oil and gas facility in line with the federal government’s objective of guaranteeing security of product supply in Nigeria by increasing capacity across all fronts including refining.