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Total Exploration & Production Angola has cancelled a $250m contract with Aker Solutions for the deepwater well intervention vessel Skandi Aker.

The Nigeria Maritime Safety and Administration Agency (NIMASA) has begun implementing the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006).


Liberia-flagged oil tanker Fair Artemis, missing for a week off West Africa following a pirate attack has been found emptied of its cargo.

The 12,000 dwt vessel, last reported off Togo at time of writing with crew unharmed, had lost contact with manager Fairdeal Group after sending a distress call off Ghana at 1800 GMT on June 4.

“So far we can say that the ship was boarded by a number of pirates, who have stolen the cargo and other items on the vessel,” said Fairdeal fleet director John Gray. “We have spoken to the captain of the vessel and are delighted to say that everyone on board is safe, and the families and appropriate authorities have been contacted.

“We would like to express our thanks to all the organisations who have worked to help find the vessel and for the support we have received from everyone involved.”

CMA CGM has entered into a vessel sharing agreement with African operator NileDutch, which starts on 9 June.

UK ministers for Shipping and the Armed Forces published its first National Strategy for Maritime Security (NSMS) at the UK Chamber of Shipping yesterday.


The number of piracy attacks worldwide in the first quarter of the year was at its lowest level since 2007 according to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB).

The Standard Club has praised Bimco’s adaptation of its Guardcon contract for use in security arrangements off West Africa.

Two British nationals continue to be held by Nigerian authorities without charge since 21 March, despite local 48 hour charge or release laws.

Confirming earlier rumours, Bumi Armada said it had sealed the Angola floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel deal that it had been bidding for.

The European Union (EU) has pledged EUR1.2m ($1.7m) to support training and capacity-building in west and central Africa.

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