NIMASA to Acquire New Vessels to Combat Maritime Crimes

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has announced that it will acquire strategic maritime security and safety assets, including vessels, in its bid to ensure maritime security in Nigerian waters which are rated as one of the hottest spots for piracy and armed robbery at sea incidences globally. To further boost maritime security in Nigeria, NIMASA also announced the establishment of a Command and Control Centre. In a statement issued by NIMASA in Lagos on 30 December 2017, the Agency stated that these measures are in line with its total spectrum of maritime security strategy.

NIMASA, over the years, has been at the vanguard of efforts at ensuring maritime security in Nigeria which has culminated, amongst other things, in the draft Piracy and Other Unlawful Acts at Sea (and other related offences) Bill (‘Piracy Bill’) which recently received the approval of the Federal Executive Council for it to be presented to the National Assembly to be passed into law.

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