Navy flags off Train AKERE in Bayelsa

The Central Naval Command, on Wednesday, flagged off its Sea Train code-named “Train Akere”, to go with Operations CALM WATERS II and SWIFT RESPONSE.

The Navy mentioned the operation is geared toward implementing the usage of Automated Identification System (AIS) by vessels working within the CNC AOR.

In his handle, the Flag Officer Commanding, FOC, Rear Admiral Saidu Suleiman Garba, mentioned the train will happen in Central Naval Command Space of Accountability (AOR) from 23 to 25 September 2020.

He mentioned “The Command’s AOR covers one of many main coastal areas of the nation with bulk of the nation’s financial belongings together with oil exploration infrastructure.”

It’s, due to this fact, a part of the CNC’s duty to guard these belongings and make sure that the nation’s maritime financial actions aren’t disrupted. There are internationally accepted guidelines guiding vessels working within the maritime atmosphere to make sure that they’re positively recognized. Such guidelines embody flying seen flags and switching on of the AIS amongst others.

He added that “Nonetheless, it has been noticed in latest instances that some vessels working throughout the Command’s maritime atmosphere are within the behavior of switching off their AIS which impedes their identification and interferes with the nation’s maritime consciousness infrastructure from monitoring or monitoring such vessels’ actions.

“This non-observance could possibly be adduced to felony intent in order to keep away from their nefarious actions from being detected. Moreover, the act of inappropriately switching off AIS might stop the Nigerian Navy from figuring out vessels which can be genuinely in misery most likely resulting from piracy/sea theft assault and deserve rescue. This act is taken into account to be a grave infraction of maritime safety because it contravenes the foundations governing the use and goal of AIS and the overall security of different seafarers.

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“The act of intentionally switching off AIS for unlawful actions have led to financial losses and sabotage to the nation’s financial development and prosperity. Consequently, with the approval of the Chief of the Naval Workers (CNS) Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, the Fleet would fine-tune its strategy of implementing the usage of AIS and scale back infractions to the bottom attainable degree.

It’s, due to this fact, the directive of the CNS to make use of this enforcement processes to assist minimise financial sabotage within the nation’s maritime atmosphere via enhanced patrol and operations.

“It’s, nevertheless, worrisome that however the efforts made by the Nigerian Navy and different safety businesses at tackling the quite a few safety challenges prevalent in Nigeria, palpable threats nonetheless persist notably in Nigeria’s maritime area with threats to assault on essential maritime infrastructure, each ashore and offshore. Presently, Operations CALM WATERS II and SWIFT RESPONSE are nonetheless on-going with different safety businesses throughout the Command’s maritime boundary to rid the nation of quite a few safety challenges being encountered.

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“Regardless of the elevated presence of the Navy within the nation’s maritime area which had led to quite a few arrests of culprits, the violation of switching off AIS has continued and is taken into account a number one reason behind the rise in maritime crimes akin to unlawful fishing, poaching, sea pirates/theft, kidnapping, arms smuggling and trafficking, unlawful oil bunkering and anti-economic actions.

“Accordingly, in an effort to complement and consolidate on the achievements recorded up to now by the on-going operations, EXERCISE AKERE will probably be flagged off this morning.

“At this time, we’re deploying eight ships and a Helicopter to hold out intensive patrols of the waterways and sea lanes in an effort to guarantee strict compliance to the usage of AIS by vessels in our maritime atmosphere and stop different maritime crimes for sustainable financial actions to thrive. The ships will conduct Vessels’ Board Search and Seizure (VBSS) on all suspected vessels in addition to arrest defaulters. The train may also afford the fleet the chance to observe different evolutions akin to ship manoeuvres, emergency drills, communication workout routines and gunnery firing amongst others.”

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