By Oko Ebuka.
In the wake of the current attack on a tanker vessel called, ‘Nave Constellation’, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Security Firm, NIMASA, has actually stated that the Firm is operating in partnership with the Nigerian Navy, NN, to guarantee the release of the abducted seafarers in addition to protecting the lives of the staying team onboard.
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About 19 team members on board the vessel which was assaulted off the coast of Bonny, Rivers State, were abducted leaving 9 others behind.
The Firm, nevertheless, kept in mind that the vessel owners had actually run for 10 days within the nation’s territorial waters however didn’t communicate with the Harbour Masters.
In a press declaration the other day, the Director General of NIMASA, Dakuku Perterside, stated that the Firm have actually gotten in touch with the Naval System around the location of the occurrence to take needed actions.
He mentioned: “The Navy has actually communicated with the staying team members on board the vessel and the 9 individuals on board the vessel are safe and the vessel is safe”.
Peterside who regreted that this is taking place at a time that efforts are being created to make Nigerian waterways safe offered the guarantee that the Firm will not rest on its oars.
He stated: “I believe this would eventually work as a driver for us to fast-track what we are doing to protect our waterways so that commerce can prosper once again and individuals can do financial activities without worry or barrier”.
While having compassion with the victims and their households for the experience and difficulties of being abducted, he prompted every worried resident and stakeholders to come together and deal with NIMASA and appropriate security firms to end the threat.
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It might be remembered that Nigeria just recently hosted a Worldwide Maritime Security Conference, GMSC, where a number of engagements with stakeholders from all over the world, on the worldwide maritime scale towards improving partnership amongst maritime countries in order to discover enduring service to the security concerns on the Gulf of Guinea and on the whole West and Central Africa.