Leeds, England — The Nigerian Navy has handed over a tanker vessel MT Sea Eunice, which was arrested on August 11, 2022, to the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA. The vessel is currently located along the Escravos River, close to the Aroton community.
The Base Operations Officer of the Nigerian Navy Ship, NNS Delta, Commander Samuel Musa, noted that the vessel was frequently switching off her Automatic Identification System, AIS, which is a violation of the International Maritime Organization, IMO, regulation that NIMASA implements in Nigeria.
Responding to this development, Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, lauded the Nigerian Navy for being proactive in its operations and noted that NIMASA was committed to inter-agency collaboration with the Nigerian Navy.
“Let me use this opportunity to state that NIMASA and the Nigerian Navy are partners in progress, because without synergy we cannot realise our mandates. We will continue to work closely with the Nigerian Navy to strengthen the existing ties to ensure we keep our maritime environment safe and secured”, he stated.
Engr. Joshua Oyadiran, the District Surveyor, Central Zone, NIMASA, who received the vessel on behalf of the agency, assured that investigations would be carried out in line with the mandate.
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