HISTORY AS NIMASA LAUNCHES DEEP BLUE PROJECT
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency ( NIMASA) make history as President Mohammadu Buhari launches the Deep Blue Project, which was embarked upon by the Federal Ministry of Transportation.
The major aim of the Deep Blue project is to secure Nigerian waters up to the Gulf of Guinea. The project has three categories of platforms to tackle maritime security on Land, Sea, and Air.
The Land assets include; the Command, Control, Communication, Computer, and Intelligence Centre (C4i) for intelligence gathering and data collection. The equipment and facilities include; 16 Armoured Vehicles for Coastal patrol and 600 Specially Trained Troops for interdiction, known as Maritime Security Unit. The Sea assets include; Two Special Mission Vessels and 17 Fast Interceptor Boats. While the Air assets comprise of two Special Mission Aircraft for surveillance of the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), Three Special Mission Helicopters for Search and Rescue operations and Four Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.
The Deep Blue Project is the first integrated maritime security strategy in West and Central Africa with the aim of tackling the incidences of piracy, sea robbery, and other crimes at sea.