Shipowners slam private security firm over safe anchorage
The Nigerian Shipowners Association (NISA) has criticized the imposition of $2,000 safe anchorage fee on foreign vessels calling at the Apapa and Tin can Island Ports in Lagos for provision of security services by private security firm, OMSL.
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) had recently said it was taking steps to dismantle the Secure Anchorage Area (SAA) operated by OMSL over security concerns, insisting that the provision of security in the nations waters is not a business venture but a constitutional responsibility of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), the Nigerian Navy and the Marine Police.
Speaking with journalists in Lagos, the President of NISA, Aminu Umar, said security in Nigerian waters has improved considerably as incidences of armed robbery, piracy and other illegal activities have abated.
If you are to compare what has been happening in our waters five years ago with what is presently happening, and we compare it in terms of anchorages in Lagos, Warri, Bonny and Calabar, you will see that there is drop in attacks.
There is significant drop in illegal activities in the Lagos anchorage. In Calabar as well, we have seen significant improvement in security. Warri has been very okay also; there is ....