Maritime Security for Commercial Vessels in West Africa

Operating legally in Nigeria/Lagos/Port Harcourt/Warri/Calabar and other ports.

We have conducted over 350 transits in West Africa and have a permanent Operations Manager in West Africa.
We have our own Fast Support Vessels making transits safe and cost effective.
Our costs are significantly lower than our competitors.
We have the experience and within 2 hours we can offer you security!
We operate in tandem with the national armed forces and have successfully included them in our liability insurance cover when working together under contract.

We have an exclusive partnership in Togo where we offer the cheapest rates in the industry!

Secure A Ship provides a maritime security solution for West Africa by providing highly experienced Team Leaders and armed security teams. Our Team has first-hand experience in doing this work and their experience in this field is invaluable. By providing a liaison between the Master of the vessel and the local armed forces, Secure A Ship can deliver guidance on delivering the international Code of Conduct as well as understanding what is required when operating on a commercial vessel. Our experience gives the Master and Crew confidence to enter these troubled waters.

Our Services Include
Escort Vessels with armed security
Transfer Vessels
Unarmed Liaison Officers trained to operate in West Africa
Insurance for the use of Local guards and all Secure A Ship LO’s
Local Intelligence and a man on the ground

Ship-owners and Charterers put themselves at risk by hiring low cost unregulated security in West Africa

Each country has specific Rules and Regulations; Secure A Ship will ensure every task receives detailed planning in order to meet your requirements and the National Rules & Regulations are observed. We do this and continue to ensure a competitive price and quality of service at all times.

We have all the relevant MoU’s in place to operate in West Africa.

Helpful Info:

MTISC-GoG provides the regional principle point of contact for the mariner off the coast of West Africa.

It provides Maritime Security advice and guidance to the mariner operating in the Voluntary Reporting Area and receives reports and information on suspicious incidents from merchant shipping and shares that information with its regional and national contacts

Guidance for ship-owners and charterers

When transiting the Gulf of Guinea it is critical that ship-owners and charterers firmly understand the following critical information when considering the use of Armed Security:

It is illegal for Private Maritime Security Companies to carry firearms in any of the West African territorial waters, Nigeria (Lagos), Togo (Lome), Benin (Cotonou), and Ghana (Accra & Tema).
It is illegal for Private Maritime Security Companies to transit firearms through any of these countries.
Any Armed Security Personnel inside of these countries Territorial Waters must be serving members of the National Armed Forces.
The National Armed Forces of the respective countries will not carry insurance for their personnel on-board commercial shipping tasks.

It is advisable to utilise experienced Unarmed Team Leaders from regulated Private Maritime Security Companies who can work alongside the serving members of the various National Armed Forces. They will provide a critical liaison between the Master of the Vessel and the local Armed Forces encouraging them to follow the international Rules of the Use of Force as well as understanding what is required when operating on a commercial vessel.
For security reasons the various National Armed Forces will normally only provide limited information on the serving personnel.
Amendments to the Guardcon contract is required and understanding by the various P&I Clubs, Flag-states and Insurance Brokers.

For more information on how Secure A Ship can support your operations in West Africa contact us now!

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