Posted on May 04, 2018 by Ashleigh Cowie
The Association of Marine Engineers and Surveyors (AMES) have said ships carry too much cash are responsible for high levels of piracy.
The group say cash carrying fishing trawlers and vessels operating in the nations territorial waterways are making themselves and others vulnerable to attack.
President of AMES, Mr Charles Uwadia, stated recently during a courtesy call to the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) that such attacks will continue until the seafarers stop carrying cash in foreign currencies onboard with them.
Uwadia went on to say that if there was no money onboard, it would no longer be attractive for the pirates to attack them.
Crews were also criticised for carrying cash when they have enough food and water onboard. Mr Charles Uwadia said:
“I know there is a lot of insecurity out there, especially as it affects the ship trawlers.
However, seafarers have argued that trawlers always carry their catch immediately, so it in impossible to have no cash on board the vessels.