Tough time for pirates, sea robbers as NIMASA launches satellite surveillance system


It will no longer be business as usual for pirates, sea robbers, and perpetrators of other criminalities on the Nigerian territorial waters as the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has commenced operations of its satellite surveillance system.

The surveillance satellite system which commenced operations last week is aimed at helping the nation in capturing the presence of any vessel that calls Nigeria’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), which extends about 200 nautical miles seawards from the coasts of Nigeria.

According to industry close watchers, the satellite system would go a long way in minimising criminal activities that are harmful to the economy, such as oil theft, illegal oil refineries and illegal bunkering in the nation’s maritime domain.

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