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NIMASA blocks access to Bonny Channel

Due to Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Company (NLNG) disregard and unwillingness to abide by the country’s Maritime laws the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, (NIMASA) using Global West Vessels Specialist platforms has blocked access to the Bonny Channel thereby hindering the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Company (NLNG) vessels from leaving or reaching the area.

Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency made this known in statement made available to the  Vanguard on Friday.

Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, said the blockage was done using the Global West Vessels Specialist platforms hence access to the Bonny Channel from the fairway buoy at the beginning of the Channel, to buoys 17 and 18 was blocked.

By this blockade, all Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Company (NLNG) vessels, operating in the area are neither permitted to leave no enter the area, until all statutory obligations are met.

The statement signed by Captain Warredi Enisuoh, further stated that the action taken by Agency was due to “NLNG’s disregard and unwillingness to abide by the country’s Maritime laws especially, sections of the NIMISA Act which mandates payment of levies based on gross freight on exports and imports and the Cabotage Law. Since its inception, the NLNG has cherry-picked our laws.

”All efforts to get the management to meet its obligations to Nigeria have been treated with impunity.

”While the NLNG is bruited as one of the crown jewels on the nation’s hydrocarbon industry, its habitual violation and the utter contempt for all our laws, is unbecoming of a company of its status.”

For the avoidance of doubt, our action is carefully planned to avoid loss of lives or damage to property. This ongoing blockade is limited to the NLNG vessels and other vessels lifting gas on its behalf.

 

 

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