Piracy: OMS, Navy Collaborate To Fight Hoodlums On Nigerian Waters Amidst Alleged Opposition By NPA
The Nigerian Navy and Ocean Marine Solutions have strengthened existing ties in the continued fight against piracy and other forms of crimes on Nigerian waters.
OMS, which had through its Secure Anchorage Area provided a security platform for ships berthing at the Lagos ports to utilise, had come under scrutiny in recent times especially with the new management of the Nigerian Ports Authority not fully in support of its operations.
According to sources in the maritime sector, who spoke with our correspondent, the NPA believes the SAA jerks up the cost of doing business in Nigeria for ships and wants it pulled down at the Lagos seaport.
It was revealed that the SAA was created by a committee set up by the Navy, NPA, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Department of Petroleum Resources and other agencies of government all leading stakeholders in the maritime environment in response to the high wave of attacks on vessels by pirates.
The activities of these hoodlums had forced the International Maritime Bureau to term Nigerian waters as high risk area.
At the height of pirate attacks on Nigerian waters, vessels were coming into the country with hired mercenaries that charge as much as $2,500 per day to provide security for ships and crew members.
The situation saw to the illegal importation of arms into Nigeria as evident in the impounding of a Russian ship with arms in 2012.
As a result of this problem, shipments destined for Nigeria had to be directed to places like ....