According to him, the government has over the years discovered that the two categories of vessels that are attacked by these pirates and sea robbers are the mother ships which are so big and therefore cannot berth at the nation’s seaports, which have relatively low draught, and so anchor offshore, adding that no container or other bulk cargo vessel has been attacked.
Another category of ships prone to such piracy attacks are those relatively smaller tanker vessels, which are used to discharge products from the mother ships to the storage facilities for onward distribution to the depots, most of which are hijacked and their contents stolen.
He disclosed that under the new berthing regulations, the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, have been detailed to ensure that they capture in their systems any mother ship coming into the Nigerian waters for proper documentations and registration.
The essence of this, it was further gathered is to ensure that all mother ships that come into the Nigerian waters are made to anchor at a particular place; that is the anchorage for proper monitoring.
The presidential aide said: “If any ship is reported by NPA or NIMASA as not captured in their system, it means that such ship entered illegally and in that case, we will send the Nigeria Customs Service after such ship and the implications are not pleasant”, he had warned.
Information from National Mirror was used in this report.