NIMASA Raises Alarm on Arrival of Affected COVID-19 Vessels


The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has raised an alarm on the imminent arrival of 13 vessels from five countries that have been heavily affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The vessels which are eight in number are  expected to berth in Apapa, Lagos; four in Bonny, Rivers State; and one in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Information about the vessels, expected to arrive the three Nigerian ports between June 23 and July 17, was received through the Command, Control, Communication, Computer, and Intelligence System (C4i) Centre under the NIMASA Deep Blue Project, also called the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure.

Director-General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, said the need to ensure stakeholders adhered strictly to the guidelines put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria informed the decision to red-flag the vessels.

“We are counting on the continued cooperation of frontline government agencies and private sector operators in this regard as we jointly wage the war against the COVID-19 pandemic,” Jamoh stated.

The Director-General said the advisory was to further alert all agencies of government and private sector operators at the ports of expected arrival of the vessels and to demand the highest level of professionalism from all concerned officers in keeping with the Agency’s earlier advice on the handling of such vessels.

He added that operators at the ports should ensure all safety measures and precautions in the best interest of the maritime community and the country were fully applied. 

NIMASA had earlier given an advisory through a marine notice on the operational procedures for the ingress and egress of vessels arriving from such countries.

Officers of agencies concerned were requested to immediately report any situation or circumstance that might compromise best practices in handling the arrival and discharge of these vessels and others that might be advised in the future.

Below is the list of vessels and the details of their expected voyage to Nigerian ports. 

LIST OF VESSELS ARRIVING NIGERIA FROM HIGH RISK COVID-19 PANDEMIC COUNTRIES
S/N
NAME OF VESSEL
PREVIOUS PORT OF CALL
DESTINATION
ETA
1.     
EBONY RAY
United States
Apapa-Lagos
23/06/2020
2.     
NORD SUPREME
United Kingdom, Immingham
Apapa-Lagos
25/06/2020
3.     
GASLOG WARSAW
Spain, Ferrol
Bonny, Nigeria
26/06/2020
4.     
DESERT PEACE
United States, Houston
Apapa-Lagos
26/06/2020
5.     
SHANGHAI EAGLE
Spain, Garrucha
Apapa-Lagos
25/06/2020
6.     
KATRINA THERESA
Spain Algeciras Bay
Apapa, Lagos
25/06/2020
7.     
HARMONIC
Spain, Escomberas
Bonny, Nigeria
27/06/2020
8.     
DESERT HOPE
Brazil Santos
Apapa-Lagos
01/07/2020
9.     
STENA CLEAR SKY
India, Dahej
Bonny, Nigeria
04/07/2020
10. 
MUSKY
United States
Port Harcourt, Nigeria
07/07/2020
11. 
VECTIS OSPREY
United States, Houston
Apapa-Lagos
11/07/2020
12. 
GRANDE ISLAND
United States, Houston
Apapa-Lagos
11/07/2020
13. 
LNG BONNY II
India, Dahej
Bonny Nigeria
17/07/2020
Philip Kyanet 
Head, Corporate Communications, 
NIMASA

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