Nigerian Ports - Update
Following our update on Wednesday 25 March, the Managers' Agents have received some further information on the current situation in Nigeria.
In the lead up to the General Elections, most companies have closed for business as from 1200hrs today, 27 March 2015, and will resume from 0800hrs on Monday 30 March 2015. During this period it is anticipated that port working and services will be very limited, with all ports expected to close. Vessels will likely have to wait offshore / alongside until services are resumed on Monday.
We also understand that whilst the General Elections take place, Nigeria's federal police chief has ordered restrictions on the movement of vehicles across the country. No vehicles will be permitted to operate between 08:00 and 17:00 local time on both Saturday 28 March 2015 and Saturday 11 April 2015, with the exception of emergency vehicles.
Members are advised to consult reliable local sources and/or maritime risk experts in the area for the most up-to-date information.