The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has alerted port users to be cautious of 13 vessels which are sailing into Nigerian ports from five countries that are heavily affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The countries are the USA, Spain, the United Kingdom, Brazil, and India. Eight of the vessels are expected to berth in Apapa, Lagos; four in Bonny, Rivers State; and one in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Director-General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, said the need to ensure stakeholders adhered strictly to the guidelines put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria informed the decision to red-flag the vessels.
‘’Information about the vessels, expected to arrive the three Nigerian ports between June 23 and July 17, was received through the Command, Control, Communication, Computer, and Intelligence System (C4i) Centre under the NIMASA Deep Blue Project, also called the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure.
“We are counting on the continued cooperation of frontline government agencies and private sector operators in this regard as we jointly wage the war against the COVID-19 pandemic,” Jamoh stated.
The Director-General said the advisory was to further alert all agencies of government and private sector operators at the ports of the expected arrival of the vessels and to demand the highest level of professionalism from all concerned officers in keeping with the Agency’s earlier advice on the handling of such vessels. He added that operators at the ports should ensure all safety measures and precautions in the best interest of the maritime community and the country were fully applied.
NIMASA had earlier given an advisory through a marine notice on the operational procedures for the ingress and egress of vessels arriving from such countries. Officers of agencies concerned were requested to immediately report any situation or circumstance that might compromise best practices in handling the arrival and discharge of these vessels and others that might be advised in the future.
Below is the list of vessels and the details of their expected voyage to Nigerian ports.
The vessels are Ebony Ray, Desert Peace, Musky, Victis Osprey and Grande Island from the US; Nord Supreme from the United Kingdom; Gaslog Warsaw, Shanghai Eagle, Katrina Theresa, Harmonic from Spain; Desert Hope from Brazil and Philip Kyanet LNG Bonny II and STENA CLEAR SKY from India.