12th August, 2011
In order to enhance ports security, the management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), has decided that ship-to-ship (STS) transfer of petroleum products or any other cargo would only be allowed at designated points along the nationâ€™s waterways.
The General Manager, Marine of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Capt. Iheanacho Ebubeogu, who stated this at a stakeholders meeting in Lagos, recently said the management would provide designated points in Lagos, Warri, Calabar and Bonny channels for the purpose.
He said further that efforts were in top gear to produce a new chart of the port channels to assist management in ensuring strict monitoring of vessels calling at the Nigerian ports.
Iheanacho said under the new management, comprehensive identification and information of such vessels would have to be carried out and details documented for security reasons.
He disclosed that the NPA would soon purchase three security boats which would be deployed to different locations towards enhancing maritime security.
He assured that the Federal Government would not allow foreign vessels to be attacked in her territory and would observe all the regulations of ISPS codes as outlined in the IMO status in order to avoid international sanctions, since 70 per cent of cargo traffic meant for the West African sub region ends up in Nigeria.
He, however, warned that all defiat staff who were in the habit of breaking the laws should be prepared to face stern disciplinary action.
â€” Moses Falobi