The Nigerian Maritime and Safety International Agency(NIMASA) and Navy are collaborating to check piracy against crude oil vessels, the Chief Executive Officer, MRS Holdings Limited, Amina Maina has said.
Speaking with The Nation, she said the NIMASA/Navy Joint Task Force has helped in reducing the impact of pirates on oil shipment in recent times.
She said oil marketers’ operations have improved, owing largely to the measures put in place to check diversion of oil vessels from Nigerian waters to other countries.
She said: “In the past, there are issues of pirates blocking oil vessels bringing refined petroleum products to Nigeria.These generated ripples, pitching operators against some government agencies. But now, the issue has been put under control. The NIMASA/Navy activities on the waterways have yielded fruits, with industry operators focusing on their businesses well. I think with time, the activities of oil thief would put under control.’’
According to her, the government and its agencies have shown the desire to improve security and normalise activities in the oil and gas industry.This, she said, is evident by random monitoring of areas perceived as security risks in the industry.”