Do not have security guards onboard when calling Nigeria

London: The Maritime Trade and Information Sharing Centre for the Gulf of Guinea (MTISC-GoG) has advised vessels transiting or visiting any Nigerian port not to have any security guard, whether armed or unarmed, onboard, the UK P&I Club has reported in a note to its members.

This follows statements made by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, and the Nigerian Navy, that they may detain any vessel entering the country’s territorial and coastal waters with security escorts on board, whether armed or unarmed. To date the Nigerian Navy has detained three vessels for having private security personnel onboard.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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