Kidnapped Crew Released in Nigeria

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Four crew members who were kidnapped from an cargo ship off the Niger Delta in October have been freed in Nigeria, according to reports. The four men, two from Lithuania and two from the Ukraine, were kidnapped October 19th from the Comoros-flagged refrigerated cargo ship Solarte as the ship sailed off the Niger Delta. During the attack, the pirates stole ship’s cash, … [Read more...]

Tanker Involved in Fatal Collision Off Nigeria – EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Damage to the MT Tank.

  Up to nine personnel from a self-propelled barge may have been killed after their vessel collided with a Marshall Islands-flagged tanker in Nigerian waters earlier this month. An anonymous source tells gCaptain that the incident occurred early in the morning on October 19th and involved the MT Elixir and the Nigerian vessel MT Tank. One body and … [Read more...]

Nigeria’s Oil Exports Under Threat From Theft Crackdown

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  By Libby George LONDON (Reuters) - Nigeria's latest effort to combat theft could imperil its oil income lifeline, compounding the damage the crude price fall has done to its finances, access to dollars and imports. Oil traders and shipping brokers said a newly implemented "letter of comfort" requirement under which vessel owners must sign a guarantee that their … [Read more...]

Nigeria Lifts Nonsensical Tanker Ban

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  LONDON, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Nigeria has lifted a ban on 113 vessels into its territorial waters, a letter from the NNPC seen by Reuters on Thursday showed. The letter, dated September 8, said the president had approved the consideration of all incoming ships subject to a letter guaranteeing that they are free and will not be used for any illegal activity. It … [Read more...]

Nigeria’s Sudden Tanker Ban Dumbfounds Just About Everyone

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  By Libby George and Julia Payne LONDON/ABUJA, Aug 5 (Reuters) - The Nigerian president's sudden, unexpected and seemingly unilateral decision to ban nearly 100 oil tankers from the country's waters has sown confusion in the operations of Africa's largest crude exporter. The edict directly from President Muhammadu Buhari's office appeared to be part of a campaign … [Read more...]

INTERTANKO Livid Over Nigeria Tanker Ban

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  By Jonathan Saul LONDON, July 23 (Reuters) - A ban on 113 oil tankers by Nigerian state oil company NNPC must be lifted immediately as no grounds have been given for the measure, the global oil tanker industry association said in a letter of protest. NNPC issued a letter on July 15, citing a directive from President Muhammadu Buhari, which said the vessels, … [Read more...]

Nigeria NNPC Bans 113 Oil Tankers from Nigerian Waters

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  By Libby George LONDON, July 20 (Reuters) - Nigeria's state oil company NNPC has banned 113 oil tankers from the country's waters, citing a directive from President Muhammadu Buhari, in what traders said could be part of efforts to crack down on illegal crude oil trading. The vessels, which include mainly VLCC crude oil tankers, are banned from calling at … [Read more...]