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February 2014

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Pirates plant flag in Libreville

Already handicapped in its efforts to attract new oil companies to Gabon, Libreville is now confronting a potential influx of pirates from Nigeria. An attack on the tanker Le Cotton by pirates off Cap Lopez in Gabon on July 15 sent shock waves through government circles in Libreville. According to our sources, the vessel had just put out from Societe Gabonaise de Raffinage(SOGARA) with nearly 10,000 tons of straight run fuel oil (atmospheric residue) when it was hijacked. A highly prized fuel, atmospheric…
LS
February 5, 2014
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Nigerian pirate alert

What exactly happened around Total’s platform on Girassol (block 17) on the night of January 18? Indeed, the question is on the lips of the oil community in Luanda and, more broadly, the security departments of all majors operating in the country. According to information gleaned by Africa Energy Intelligence, a vessel bearing neither flag nor identification and towed by the “Gare,” a small tugboat, entered Angola’s territorial waters at 2 a.m. Detected by oil companies active in the area, the crew…
LS
February 5, 2014
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Thanks for your interest so far in RSG-UK

It's coming up for a month since our site launched in January. There was no doubt in our minds that MSRG's launch  would attract interest in the maritime sector given the complexities and dangers faced by those transiting West Africa currently. It's a region that is complex and often misunderstood and one that shipowners and seafarers require established, vetted, properly qualified and insured operators to advise them on. To source the right security companies for transits in the Gulf of Guinea can be burdensome and confusing and thats…
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February 3, 2014