Nigeria LNG declares force majeure

A long standing dispute with Nigeria LNG and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) over alleged unpaid taxes has led to a naval blockade of its export terminal, which has now run into a second week.

The company declared force majeure from June 28, because it is unable to meet its contractual obligations due to circumstances beyond its control.

NIMSA initially blockaded the company’s Bonny Island terminal on Friday June 21st with two vessels. The NLNG vessel, LNG Imo and one chartered vessel, Torm Thames, are stuck in the terminal and another Nigeria LNG vessel, LNG Oyo is still waiting outside in the Bonny Channel.

NIMASA issued ship detention orders on June 22nd for three Nigeria LNG vessels, LNG Enugu, LNG Oyo and LNG Imo, which bars them form entering or leaving the Bonny terminal.

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