Managing fleet security is a stressful job, even on a good day –understandably so. You are responsible for your company’s bottom line. There’s cargo that needs to be delivered, budgets that need to be met, and ships that need to stay afloat. And all of these things are dependent on proper measures & practices. But there’s one more factor, that keeps managers awake at night. Security. Because there’s people out there whose lives depend on you.
It’s a given; when it comes to headaches and high-blood pressure, I am sure there’s no bigger contributor than the undisputed pirate capital of the world.1
It’s a statement of fact – properly securing ships transiting through Nigeria is not an easy task by any stretch of the imagination. On the one hand, the pirates are vicious; their methodology is continuously evolving, and they are well-equipped. On the flipside, you have a convoluted bureaucratic governmental mechanism that serves to further complicate ship security.
It’s an ever-shifting landscape of danger and red tape.