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Pirates Attack Product Tanker off Ivory Coast

Armed pirates robbed a petroleum products tanker near Ivory Coast's port of Abidjan, a maritime agency and a private security advisor said on Wednesday, in an indication of the increasing mobility of Nigeria-based gangs. The raid on the tanker came just a day after two failed pirate attacks that occurred just hours apart in waters off Nigeria's southeastern coast, according to the same sources. Pirate attacks in West Africa's Gulf of Guinea, a significant source of oil, cocoa and metals for world markets, have almost doubled from last year, jacking up insurance costs for shipping companies. The vast majority of the region's maritime robberies and hijackings are believed to be carried out by criminal gangs based in Nigeria, and the security advisor said this was likely the case with the three incidents last week. According to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), a piracy watchdog, the attack occurred at 9.15 p.m. (2115 GMT) on Aug. 27 around 45 nautical miles southeast of Abidjan, one of West Africa's busiest commercial ports. "Twelve armed pirates with guns boarded a drifting product tanker. They took hostage all crew members, stole ship's cash, crew cash and personal effects and escaped," the IMB report stated. The attackers destroyed the vessel's navigation equipment before leaving the ship, but no crew were injured and the tanker was not damaged.


Seadrill Nets ExxonMobil Nigeria Job

Seadrill Nets ExxonMobil Nigeria Job

  ExxonMobil has signed up for a Seadrill newbuild drillship for work off West Africa for up to three years. The ultra-deepwater West Saturn, currently under construction in South Korea, will work for the US supermajor at the Erha North Phase 2 development off Nigeria, Seadrill said on Friday. The Norwegian contractor said the deal with ExxonMobil subsidiary Esso Exploration & Production Nigeria was won along with partner Field Offshore Design Engineering Nigeria.  


Exxon Mobil Makes Major Find Off Nigeria

Exxon Mobil Corp. made a major oil and gas discovery in the deepwater off the coast of Nigeria. Located about 100 miles southeast of Lagos, the discovery well, Erha-1, was drilled from December 1998 to February 1999. Exxon Mobil said the appraisal well, Erha-2, stood in 3,860 feet of water and was drilled to a total depth of 12,287 feet. It tested at a flow rate of 2,800 barrels per day. As operator, Exxon will hold a 56


Tankship Looted, Released by Pirates in Gulf of Guinea

Tankship 'Energy Centurion' has been released east of Lagos, Nigeria, after theft of 3,000 tons of oil, now heading for a safe port.   An official with Golden Energy Management, the Greek company that chartered the ship, told CNN that the Energy Centurion was released Thursday, some 60 miles east of Lagos, Nigeria, and was steaming toward a safe port. The official said all 24 crew members -- mostly Russian -- who are still on board the ship are safe


UPDATE: Vessel Feared Hijacked Still Missing off Luanda

Dryad Photo: suspected pirate vessel underway.

Suspected pirate vessel off Angola. Dryad Maritime - a UK-based maritime intelligence firm - says situation has not changed since yesterday.   Dryad Maritime is warning of the possible hijack of a Liberian flagged tanker MT Kerala.  The vessel, owned by Dynacom Tankers, has been reported as missing off the coast of Angola, having last been sighted seven nautical miles NNW of Luanda.  The tanker’s disappearance may represent a significant extension of maritime crime


Gas Tanker Reportedly Aground off Nigeria

A liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker has run aground off Nigeria after taking on a cargo at the country's Bonny Island export plant, two trading sources said. The 165,000-cubic-metre-capacity Magellan Spirit tanker, owned by Teekay LNG Partners, ran aground trying to leave the port bound for South Korea, traders said. Teekay could not be reached for immediate comment. A trader said that the tanker is not expected to disrupt inbound or outbound tanker traffic from Bonny Island as it


Total Goes Deep Off Nigeria

Total reportedly launched its second Nigerian deep water drilling project, scheduled to come on stream in 2012 and expected eventually to yield 180,000 barrels a day, according to an AFP report. The new Usan project follows Total's first Nigerian deep water investment, the Akpo field. Deep water fields are further out to sea than offshore fields in shallower waters nearer the coastline. The new field will be operated by Elf Petroleum Nigeria Limited, a Total subsidiary


Saipem Wins $1.5B E&C Offshore Contracts

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 In Iraq, Saipem has been awarded by South Oil Company the EPIC contract for the Iraq Crude Oil Export Expansion Project – Phase 2, within the framework of the expansion of the Basra Oil Terminal, off the Al Faw Peninsula in the Arabian Gulf, approximately 550 kilometres south-east of Baghdad. The contract encompasses the engineering, procurement, fabrication and installation of a Central Metering and Manifold Platform (CMMP), to be installed in a water depth of 28 metres


Pirates Reportedly Hijack Fuel Tanker off Nigeria

Pirates allegedly hijacked a fuel tanker off the Nigerian coast early Saturday morning, AP News reported. The pirates are said to be holding some of the five Nigerian and 12 Pakastani sailors hostage. Pirate gunmen boarded the MT Matrix I, a Nigerian-flagged, Greek-operated 100-meter tankship, roughly 40 nautical miles off of Nigeria’s Bayelsea state, taking a portion of the crew hostage. The tanker’s operator, Val Oil Trading Co


U.S. Thumps the Table on Nigerian Ship Security

The United States of America government has issued a 90-day ultimatum to Nigeria to improve security in its ports and waterways or face a ban on ships from entering the country. At the opening of a two day General Stakeholders Conference on "Reviving ISPS Code Implementation in Nigeria, Mr. Olugbenga Leke Oyewole, Senior Special Assistant  to the President on Maritime Services, told the Lagos conference that due to measures that were introduced after the September 2011 incident in


Five More Tankers under Crowley Management

Photo: Arya Tankers

Crowley Accord Management Pvt. Ltd., the international ship management venture managed globally by Crowley Maritime Corp.’s ship management group, was awarded full technical management contracts for five new tankers. These tankers will be joined in the coming weeks by three more


Tankers Idle at Big Stone, Puzzling Some

Late last November, the tanker Olympic Flag carrying 650,000 barrels of Angolan crude dropped anchor about 7 miles off the coast in Delaware Bay, a seemingly routine shipment destined for a nearby Philadelphia refinery. What happened next was anything but routine


Tanker Crew Freed After Kidnapping Off Nigeria

Three crew members of a Maltese-flagged supertanker, who were kidnapped by pirates three weeks ago off Nigeria, have been released, Greece's foreign ministry said on Wednesday.   The Kalamos crude carrier was heading to Nigeria's main oil terminal when it was attacked on Feb. 3


Oil Tankers Idle for Months off US, Puzzling Some

Late last November, the tanker Olympic Flag carrying 650,000 barrels of Angolan crude dropped anchor about 7 miles off the coast in Delaware Bay, a seemingly routine shipment destined for a nearby Philadelphia refinery.   What happened next was anything but routine


U.S. Oil Traders Storing W.African Crude

Glencore, Suncor, ENI, Vitol all booking tankers; U.S. crude oil stocks at highest ever level for time of year. Traders are shipping West African crude to the United States to store the oil until prices recover, as the global glut forces them to source any tanks available and as seaborne


Ghana's Navy Frees Hijacked Tanker

Image: Ghana Armed Forces

The Ghana Navy has foiled a pirate attack on a Nigerian cargo vessel, MT Mariam and captured all eight bandits.  The pirates were armed, but no one, including a nine-member crew aboard MT Mariam, was injured when the Ghana Navy crew aboard GNS BLIKA effected the arrest.  


Golar LNG Secures Charters for Carrier Duo

Golar Arctic

  Golar LNG announced today that it has been awarded 2 time charters by Nigeria LNG Ltd ("NLNG") to employ the recently delivered Golar Frost and Golar Crystal. Employment of both vessels under these contracts will commence in January 2015 and will continue for a duration of


Maritime Can Save Nigerian Economy

(Image by Olisa Agbakoba Legal)

Nigeria can make twice as much from shipping than what it is currently making from oil, says Olisa Agbakoba, former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA). He said that the country could generate over seven trillion naira per annum from the maritime industry. 


Gulf of Guinea Maritime Crime Down in 2014

Image: Dryad Maritime

 U.K.-based marine intelligence firm Dryad Maritime has said that maritime crime incidents in the Gulf of Guinea decreased 18% year on year in 2014 when compared to 2013.  Attacks aimed at kidnapping crew members of the vessels increased in the region


Cargo Ship Attacked off Nigeria

Gunmen attacked a Greek-owned tanker while it was waiting to load off Nigeria late on Tuesday, killing its Greek deputy captain and taking hostage three other crew, Greece's coastguard said on Wednesday.   The attack on the vessel Kalamos


Oil Tankers Run Gauntlet in Nigeria's 'Pirate Alley'

Photo: Edward Stegle

A pirate attack that killed a supertanker crewman off the coast of Nigeria this week has highlighted a growing threat off oil-rich West Africa, as vessels carrying millions of barrels of crude traverse a region that has become known as "pirate alley".  


Denmark Announces New Antipiracy Strategy

Martin Lidegaard (Photo by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Denmark)

The Danish government on Thursday announced a new three-year strategy for combatting piracy and armed robbery at sea.  The Danish Foreign Ministry said that that the nation will expand its scanning into the Gulf of Guinea off the coast of Nigeria


Nigerian Navy Acquires Warship from China

 Nigerian Navy Ship OKPABANA. Picture by Nigerian Navy

 The Nigerian Navy (NN) fleet has received a boost with the arrival of the newly acquired warship, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Centenary F91, stealth Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV).  The first of two P-18N Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) ordered by Nigeria was delivered in November 2014 at the


Nigeria Needs More Shipyards

MSSV-175 Photo by: Peace Gate Group

 The establishment of more shipyards remains an effective strategy to tackle the nagging problem of unemployment in Nigeria, says Ayorinde Adedoyin, ship owner and Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Peace Gate Group. Adedoyin called on the federal government to adopt the


Maritime Security Top Priority for Nigeria

Goodluck Jonathan in Facebook

 Nigerian maritime industry has hailed President Goodluck Jonathan over what they called the "giant strides" he has made in the sector and lauded him for the steps it has taken to tackle the challenges.  The Legal Adviser/General Secretary, MWN, Mr






 
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