Update on 4 June 2020:-
- Industry/NIMASA Joint Working Group
INTERCARGO has been working with BIMCO, ICS, INTERTANKO & OCIMF in collaboration with Nigerian Authorities to improve maritime security and better understand the challenges faced by seafarers. After a series of meetings with the Nigerian Government, an Industry/NIMASA Joint Working Group (JWG) has been formed of key stakeholders. On 28 May 2020 the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), the Nigerian Navy, the oil industry (represented by OCIMF) and the shipping industry (represented by ICS, BIMCO, INTERCARGO, INTERTANKO and the Nigerian Shipowners’ Association) held the 1st meeting of the JWG to discuss the existing situation and how to tackle the piracy problem in the Eastern Gulf of Guinea and the daily threats faced by seafarers.
- The 1st meeting was roundly acknowledged as a significant first step towards strengthened collaboration between Nigeria and industry in increasing maritime security in the region. All attendees reiterated their commitment to cooperate in facilitating the indispensable law enforcement efforts against pirate groups thus improving the security situation in the Eastern Gulf of Guinea. It was noted that an improvement in the security situation, would pave the way for Nigeria and other states to realise the full potential of their blue economies whilst ensuring the safety and security of seafarers.
- The 2nd meeting is scheduled on 25 Jun 2020.