MARAN Torchlights NIMASA’s $195 Million Deep Blue Project, GoG-MCF/SHADE As Piracy Returns To Gulf Of Guinea


…Issues fresh details on upcoming security summit

The Maritime Reporters’ Association of Nigeria, MARAN is set to hold its inaugural maritime security summit tagged MARAN Annual Maritime Lecture, MAMAL 2023.

The association is worried about the resurgence of maritime crime in the Gulf of Guinea, questioning the effectiveness of the regional effort; GoG-MCF/SHADE, launched by ICC Yaoundé and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA in 2021.

The association would also use the summit to gather maritime stakeholders to evaluate the Federal Government’s investment of $195 Million in a Maritime Security Contract called the Deep Blue Project anchored by NIMASA.

In a press statement issued in Lagos on Thursday, MARAN informed stakeholders that the MAMAL 2023 which was earlier scheduled to hold on 24th of October, 2023 has now been shifted to hold on 21st November, 2023

The association observed that despite the acclaimed successes of the $195 million NIMASA Deep Blue Project, there was no meaningful impact on shipping and freight costs because the situation remains uncertain, and the Joint War Risk Committee still classifies Nigerian waters as a war risk zone.

Notwithstanding the regional collaborative efforts, GoG-MCF/SHADE, there has been a resurgence of pirate attacks in the Gulf of Guinea, the most recent being an attack on a Marshall Islands-flagged MT Nyon.

The attack which occurred 16 nautical miles south of Conakry, Guinea on June 22nd, 2023 left several crew members with minor injuries.

The inaugural edition of MAMAL 2023 is themed, “Maritime Security: Emerging Threats and Actionable Steps.”

The theme is targeted at proffering long-term, sustainable solutions that will effectively address maritime crimes in the GoG region and protect seafaring and fishing communities in the affected countries.

MARAN sought to clarify why criminality on Nigerian waterways increases in November and December of every year. It has been observed that in the festive season, people resort to crime to ensure they can take care of their families over the holiday season.

The Nigerian Navy, regional navies and other stakeholders in the maritime sector including Shipowners, NIMASA, Shipping Lines, Terminal Operators, Nigerian Shippers’ Council, major seafarers’ organizations are all expected to attend the event.

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