In view of a recent development within Nigeria’s Maritime space where a localVessel (name withheld) was used as Loiter/Platform to temporary hold foreign armed security personal on escort of a Container Vessel (Name withheld) and subsequent arrest of the crew and armed guards on the loiter, MASPAN will like to advise members and the international shipping community that the Association is closely monitoring events as to its conclusion in order to continue to provide guidance
MASPAN is actively engaging with local authorities with a view to providing unambiguous guidelines to shipping on the position of the law and the Nigerian state regarding such situations.
In the meantime, MASPAN will like to advise members, Ship Owners/Mangers, Flags and indeed the shipping community as follows;
- MASPAN is of the strong view that Ship Owners should suspend thepractice that involves entering Nigeria’s EEZ with foreign ArmedPersonnel on their vessels regardless of type and size until clear guidelines are provided from the Nigerian Authorities.
- Owners/Managers are strongly advised to carry out due diligence on local companies before they are engaged for provision of security and security auxiliary services to ensure the company is familiar with the rules and complicity that exist as well as legally registered to render such services. MASPAN provides a forum for members to engage continuously with one another as well as the authorities, for guidance in such situations.
- The Shipping community is advised to kindly go through the guideline on our website https://www.maspan.org.ng/?page_id=3 or firstname.lastname@example.org,ngand on mobile +2348034536095 (Emmanuel Maiguwa)
Navy Captain George Alily (rtd)