Nigerian NIMASA lifts blockade for LNG tankers on Bonny Channel after 4 days
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has lifted a blockade that it imposed on the Bonny channel to prevent LNG tankers from accessing the Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG) loading bay on Bonny Island. “By this blockade, all Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Company vessels operating in the area are neither permitted to leave nor enter the area until all statutory obligations are met,” NIMASA said in a statement on Saturday. The action was brought by NIMASA on Friday (3 May) because of a dispute with NLNG over what NIMASA says are unpaid levies.
Pirate attack on accommodation barge 'Jascon 33' confirmed
It has been confirmed that there has been an attack on merchant shipping in the Niger Delta, this time a vessel or vessels belonging to the Dutch-based, offshore oil and gas company, Sea Trucks Group (STG). The accommodation barge, Jascon 33, was attacked outside the mouth of the Bonny River which flows down from the refineries at Port Harcourt. Twenty seven people were reportedly on the barge, of which seven were expatriate workers. STG confirmed that four nationals from Indonesia, Iran, Thailand and Malaysia on its staff had been kidnapped and that two security guards were wounded in the attack whilst two Nigerian sailors were killed. More to read at www.handyshipping...
Pirates attack ship 33 miles off Bonny, kill 2 guards and kidnap 4 foreigners
Pirates attacked a ship being used by an oil servicing company in the waters off southeastern Nigeria yesterday, killing two Nigerian naval guards and kidnapping four foreigners, the Navy and the boat’s shipping firm said.
“An oil servicing company was attacked by gunmen. We lost two of our men and four expatriates were abducted, one Malaysian, one Iranian,” Navy spokesman Commodore Kabir Aliyu said, adding that a Thai and an Indonesian were also taken. He said the attack took place around 33 nautical miles off the coast of Bonny, Nigeria’s main oil export terminal. Netherlands-based Sea Trucks Group, whose boat Jascon was attacked, confirmed that four of its staff had been seized and that two other security guards were also wounded in the attack. “The two remaining injured security personnel are now in Port Harcourt hospital for treatment,” spokeswoman Corrie van Kessel said in a statement.
“Sea Trucks Group is making every effort to find out where the kidnappers went”. www.stabroeknews....