MARITIME DOMAIN AWARENESS : NIGERIAN NAVY INSTALL 8-TOWER AUTOMATED SURVEILLANCE STATION AT YENAGOA FOR THE CENTRAL NAVAL COMMAND

NIGERIAN NAVY OPS ROOM

NIGERIAN NAVY OPS ROOM

Fri, Dec 20 2013
YENAGOA, Nigeria (Reuters)

Nigeria’s navy has installed eight automated, camera-equipped surveillance towers in the waters just off its coast, in an effort to tackle a surge in pirate attacks and crude oil theft that have blighted Africa’s top energy producer this year.

Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Dele
Ezeoba told journalists late on Thursday that the equipment, most of it from Japan’s Furuno and costing roughly $12 million in total, had high-frequency radio and long-range cameras able to spot ships up to 48 km (30 miles) away.

Pirate attacks off Nigeria have jumped by a third this year as ships passing through West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea, a major commodities route, have come under threat from gangs seeking to snatch cargoes or hold crews for ransom.

Oil theft in the Niger Delta has also seen a relentless rise, although analysts say this has only been possible because of collusion by the security forces.

The data the towers collect is beamed to a central naval intelligence room and then checked against ships’ registration, flag and other information, Ezeoba said in Yenagoa, in a part of the Niger Delta
plagued by criminal gangs.

“From the domain awareness center we can see ships from anywhere in the world coming or leaving our maritime space,” he said. “It also gives you ability to … ascertain the actual threat the vessel poses. “Four are in Lagos, one each at the Bonny and Brass crude export terminals, one in Yenagoa and one in Ibaka, in eastern Akwa Ibom state.

But he added that Nigeria still needed to work on its capacity to pursue pirates and other criminal gangs. Nigeria’s navy has had two successes
against pirates this year – it captured four off the coast of the main commercial hub of Lagos in mid-August and said it killed 12 pirates in a shootout a week earlier.

But it has had little luck stemming this lucrative enterprise, which remains on the rise and has driven up insurance costs. Unlike the waters off Somalia on the east African coast, where boats now have armed guards on board, there is scant protection for the many ships which anchor off West Africa.

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3 Responses to MARITIME DOMAIN AWARENESS : NIGERIAN NAVY INSTALL 8-TOWER AUTOMATED SURVEILLANCE STATION AT YENAGOA FOR THE CENTRAL NAVAL COMMAND

  1. Makanaky says:

    This is the way to go ! I am beginning to think that there are better brains in the Nigerian Navy as compared to the other Nigerian Armed forces. Kudos to the Navy.

  2. chucks says:

    ‘This is the way to go ! I am beginning to think that there are better brains in the Nigerian Navy as compared to the other Nigerian Armed forces. Kudos to the Navy.’. Oga Makanaky seconded! Of truth, only the NN seems to know what is required of them in all ramification, maybe NA will follow suite in my ranking. The other guy still dey find e bearing

  3. freeegulf says:

    NN is more forward looking

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