The Nigerian authorities have launched a clampdown on vessels that do not comply with the country's cabotage laws detaining a Navigator Gas LPG carrier.

A consortium comprising Bollore Africa Logistics and PowerChina International Group has been chosen as the preferred bidder for the Ibom Deep Seaport Project (IDSP) in Nigeria.

The Nigerian authorities are planning for a strict enforcement of the country’s cabotage laws and say they are on the verge of ending waivers.

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) says it has reviewed a suspension of four container lines that included Maersk Line and Cosco Shipping, giving them two weeks to comply with measures on holding bays for containers, while the lines themselves say they have done nothing wrong.

True to its projections, Malaysia’s Yinson Holdings announced that it has entered negotiations with a Nigerian company to supply a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit.

Bumi Armada’s dispute with Erin Petroleum Nigeria has come to a head with the latter serving a notice of a purported force majeure event and requesting immediate, orderly shutdown of operations on the floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit Armada Perdana, which has been operating in the Oyo field offshore Nigeria since 2008.

Pirate attacks worldwide on shipping were at a 22-year low in 2017, however, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) warns of continuing danger off West Africa and Somalia.

Intercargo has expressed deep concern over the latest piracy attack off Nigeria in which 10 seafarers were kidnapped from a bulk carrier on 14 December.

BW Offshore says it expects a low number of awards in the market in the medium-term as it returned to the black in Q2.

The Nigerian authorities are stepping up measures to ensure compliance with the country's cabotage laws.

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