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Nigerian Navy arrests MV Blu-Shark within Nigerian waters

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The Nigerian Navy says it has arrested MV BLU-SHARK within Nigerian waters.

It said that on 2 May 2024, the Multinational Maritime Co-ordination Center Zone D issued an alert message for a search and possible arrest of the vessel with IMO number ‪8767783‬.

“The vessel was alleged to have escaped from Port Gentil, Gabon on 2 May 2024 around 11:35pm without obtaining necessary customs clearance documents from the Gabonese maritime, judicial and customs authorities. Following the alert, the Nigerian Navy (NN) using her Maritime Domain Awareness facilities vectored Nigerian Navy Ship OSE (NNS OSE) to intercept and arrest the vessel,” Adams Aiwuyor Aliu, spokesperson for the Chief of the Naval Staff Saïd in a statement.

“NNS SE successfully arrested the vessel at about 1152hours on 6 May 2024 at Latitude 04° 49 929’E, Longitude 008°17 602’E, off Calabar waters.

“The arrest of MV BLU-SHARK is part of existing collaborative efforts between regional maritime security agencies in the Gulf of Guinea under the Yaounde Code of Conduct on Maritime Security in the Region. It is also in line with the Chief of Naval Staff Strategic end state towards a safe and secure maritime environment in order to enhance the Nation’s Blue Economy.

“The NN will conduct preliminary investigations to ascertain the veracity of the allegation with a view to handling the vessel in line with the dictates of the Yaounde Code of Conduct.”

Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ikechukwu Ogalla, the chief of naval staff, seized the opportunity to commend the officers and ratings of NNS OSE for their professionalism in apprehending the alleged fleeing vessel. The CNS also reiterates the Navy’s commitment to collaborating with neighboring countries to combat transnational maritime crimes in the region.”