Oil theft: Rogue ships disable tracking devices to transport crude oil – NPA | The Guardian Nigeria News

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) revealed on Tuesday that rogue vessels which are used to steal crude oil in the Niger Delta are disabling their Automatic Identification System (AIS) to evade detection and tracking by authorities in Nigerian waters.

NPA Director General Mohammed Koko made the revelation while answering questions during the ministerial media briefing organized by the presidential communications team at the presidential villa in Abuja.

Specifically, Koko was responding to a question about why the Authority could not do anything following the recent incident of a tanker that escaped arrest in Nigeria after transporting illegal crude oil.

Painting the picture, Koko further explained that these ships go off radar and evade arrest because they turn off their onboard automated tracking system which helps pinpoint the position of the ship and others nearby.

However, he said the NPA has started the process which will culminate in the purchase of Vessel Tracking Services (VTS) to enable authorities to identify, locate and monitor all vessels in national waters.

According to him, the Authority has been trying to acquire the VTS for about 10 years, saying a certified consultant has now been identified to take over the process, just as he expressed optimism that the facility can be purchased before the end of the current administration.