Piracy decreasing massively in Nigerian Waters, says NIMASA

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has reported a “massive reduction” in piracy in the Nigerian waters.

Spokesman Ubong Essien said in Port Harcourt that explained that this was a result of Nigeria’s security project Deep Blue.

Essien said the security achievement had been the result of collaboration with the Navy, Air Force, the Army.

Nigeria has been pressing for the lifting of the War Risk Insurance (WRI) imposed on vessels delivering goods and merchandise to the country, claiming that goods coming to Nigeria carried “very high and discriminatory” fees and that this served to fuel inflation in Nigeria.

Essien said that the NIMASA executive had gone to key maritime stations around the world to make case for the WRI removal, but for the moment this was continuing, despite “huge improvements in security in Nigeria’s waters”.

Essien said that “the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has admitted that the attacks have drastically dropped as never before in decades. What baffles the NIMASA management is why that though this reduction in attacks has been admitted by the IMB, the WRI is still in place. It’s a punitive insurance measure.”