necessary actions that shipowners are interested in, after the talks and
agreements for collaborations among the states of the Gulf of Guinea, as a
strategic approach against piracy in the area.
Transport Group, Nigeria, Alhaji Aminu Umar, expressed his views on the
ultimate desires of shipowners in Nigeria.
Global Maritime Security Conference (GMSC) recently, put together by the
Federal Ministry of Transportation, the Nigerian Maritime Administration
(NIMASA) and the Nigerian Navy, he was convinced of a new workable approach to
dealing with the problem of piracy and armed robberies at sea.
the states would address a critical problem, because perpetrators often found safe
havens in other states after committing a crime at sea in another place.
GMSC, we have seen a lot of inter-regional collaborations between the Nigerian
Navy and the other navies of West African nations.
transiting these coast nations. And we have realised in all the attacks is that
ship owners are usually the first to suffer the attacks of the pirates, and we see sometimes that they take a vessel
and move its jurisdiction.
do anything, because the crime is committed in Nigeria and the pirates are so
smart that they move the vessel to a little bit further down another country.
and the other foreign navy of the country that is close by cannot come there as
well. So, the discussion on collaboration is a good development,” Umar said.
starts with the talks. We are now looking forward to when the actions will
start. As shipowners, we are watching. So, we want to see the action, moving
the talks from paper. We want to see a reduction, in fact zero piracy. This is
what we love to see in the nearest future.”