Private armed guards not allowed on board vessels in Nigeria – Navy
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The West African shipping
market was the focus of a full house of industry experts and professionals on Tuesday
at the West Africa Shipping Summit in London, a highlight event of the London
International Shipping Week.
Hosted by Nigerian shipping
and maritime law firm Akabogu & Associates, the event witnessed the
attendance of leading figures in the Nigerian maritime industry, including the
Chairman of the House Committee on Marine Transport, Hon. Lynda Chuba-Ikpeazu,
the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Transport, Mr. Salihu
Zakari, the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety
Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside and the Chief of Policy and Plans of the
Nigerian Navy, Rear Admiral Begroy Enyinna Ibe-Enwo.
Speaking to a wide spectrum of
global shipping interests, both NIMASA and the Navy acknowledged the challenges
in securing the Nigerian maritime domain and affirmed the collaboration between
both organisations to abate the incidents of piracy and armed robbery at sea.
Rear Admiral Ibe-Enwo,
representing the Chief of Naval Staff, confirmed that private armed guards are
still not permitted on merchant vessels in Nigeria.
Also at the event, Senior
Partner at Akabogu and Associates Emeka Akabogu noted that the Nigerian ship
charter and freight market, estimated at $10 billion, is a key pillar of import
trade and the service sector and urged the industry to fully take advantage
through effective due diligence, synergy and regulatory compliance.
He encouraged the use of
arbitration for the resolution of maritime disputes. This position was
supported by the President of the Nigerian Chamber of Shipping, Andy Isichei
and the CEO of Africa Risk Compliance, Michael Wingate who called for
collaboration between shipping and the regulators to bridge the gaps causing
key security challenges in the maritime domain.
CEOs of L.A.T.C. Marine,
Gbolahan Shoba and Ship2Ship Services, Kunle Jolapamo, intervening for ship
owners, urged regulators to be more responsive to shipowner challenges, though
they noted that they were increasingly moving offshore for better financing