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U.S sanctions Nigeria, 17 others over port

U.S sanctions Nigeria, 17 others over port

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has imposed conditions of entry on ships that have visited some port terminals in Nigeria in their last five port calls over lapses in the implementation of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code), SHIPS & PORTS authoritatively reports. 

Other countries sanctioned by the USCG over infractions in the ISPS Code implementation include Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Iran, Iraq, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Micronesia, Nauru, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Syria, Timor-Leste, Venezuela, and Yemen.   

On May 8, 2018, SHIPS & PORTS had reportedly exclusively that no fewer than nine ships were robbed at berths in various port terminals across the country between March and April 2018, even as stakeholders accused the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), which is the Designated Authority (DA) for implementation of the ISPS Code in Nigeria, of taking little or no action to curtail the attacks.

The ISPS Code is an amendment to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention (1974/1988) on minimum security arrangements for ships, ports and government agencies. It came into force in 2004, and prescribes responsibilities to governments, shipping companies, shipboard personnel, and port/facility personnel to detect security threats and take preventative measures against security incidents affecting ships or port facilities used in international trade.

In an official statement it issued yesterday and which was exclusively obtained by SHIPS & PORTS, the U.S. Coast Guard said the conditions of entry, which will come into effect on April 12, 2019, are intended to protect the United States from vessels arriving from countries that have been found to have deficient anti-terrorism port measures in place. 

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