critical to regional stability – Kitack Lim
ICC, Chevron, others commend Agency
and Safety Agency (NIMASA) aimed at ensuring security in the Gulf of Guinea
have received a major boost from the international business community.
players in the global oil and gas as well as shipping businesses praised the
initiatives at a maritime security meeting in London chaired by the
International Maritime Organisation (IMO), and pledged their support.
(OCIMF), International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO),
International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), and International Association of Dry
Cargo Shipowners (INTERCARGO) committed to a collaboration with the IMO in support
of NIMASA’s efforts to enhance security in the Gulf of Guinea.
Security and Facilitation (MSF) meeting, which had in attendance officials of
the United Nations specialised maritime regulatory agency, led by the
Secretary-General, Kitack Lim; the management of NIMASA led by the
Director-General, Dr. Dakuku Peterside; representatives of OCIMF, INTERTANKO,
ICS, INTERCARGO, Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO), and
President of Chevron Worldwide, Mr. Mark Ross.
collaboration to overcome the challenges in the Gulf of Guinea. While
acknowledging the efforts of NIMASA to tackle insecurity in the region, the IMO
Secretary-General pledged the organisation’s support for Nigeria.
It’s gladdening to note that something is being done about the issue of
security in the Gulf of Guinea. Something is happening much more than ever
before. We want to cruise together. I think we can make a big difference with
collaboration from all stakeholders.
also very important. It is a ground-breaking conference to chart a way forward
for securing the Gulf of Guinea. IMO will actively participate.”
is already in operation, made use of the Automatic Identification System (AIS)
and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) to identify Non-AIS complying vessels. It
also uses COASTAL RADAR and External System Integration, including the Nigerian
Navy’s Falcon Eye Intelligence and Lloyds List Intelligence, among others.
challenge of security in the region and decided to take more actions to curb
criminal activities on our waters. The Deep Blue Project and the hosting of the
global security conference are part of efforts to complement ongoing actions of
the Nigerian Navy, which is the largest in that region. 17 interceptors for the Deep Blue Project
will arrive Nigeria later this month.
also arrive Nigeria in November, while the four unmanned aerial vessels will
arrive Nigeria March 2020. Total deployment of all C4i projects will be by
armed guards onboard vessels in the country’s territorial waters. He called for
constant engagement on the Deep Blue Project, and more support for the ICC
Yaounde to enhance information sharing capacity in the Gulf of Guinea.
by the Nigerian government to combat maritime crimes and promised to back those
efforts with more assets to fight piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. They also
promised to support the hosting of the Global Maritime Security Conference
(GMSC) in Abuja.
have confirmed participation, 28 Navies across the globe have also confirmed
participation, with 15 Chiefs of Naval Staff personally leading their delegations
to the conference.
different working groups and agreements at these sub cells will be presented at
plenary during the event.”
Nigeria this year, also acknowledged the steps by NIMASA and the Nigerian
government to curb piracy and maritime crimes. He urged the Agency to put
appropriate measures in place to ensure sustainability of the security
The most important thing is that Nigeria has acknowledged that there is a
challenge and actions are being taken now. NIMASA was open to us as we saw all
equipment for the C4i, among others.
placed on sustainability of the project through proper governance. All we want
is improved security situation in the Gulf of Guinea.”