The Secure Anchorage Area (SAA) offshore Lagos is a collaborative project between the Nigerian Navy, Ocean Marine Security (the largest Private Maritime Security Company operating in West Africa) and technical advisors, UK based maritime security specialists, PGS Group.
The Lagos SAA is located 10 nautical miles southwest from the entrance to Lagos Port Channel and provides round-the clock armed protection for vessels wishing to anchor safely or who are waiting to berth within the Port. It also offers the option of dedicated security for STS operations in the adjacent NPA designated STS zone. Offshore Lagos, the Nigerian Navy do not support the use of armed guards onboard commercial vessels and the Nigerian Marine Police have no jurisdiction outside of the inland waterways, ports and harbours.
The SAA project was conceptualised to provide an auditable, credible and legally compliant solution to piracy in the area following demands from shipowners and charterers for dedicated 24/7 protection.
Nigerian Navy Patrol Boats, armed with deck mounted weapon systems and logistically supported by Ocean Marine Security, enforce a 2 nautical mile Maritime Exclusion Zone (MEZ) around the SAA, and provide protection to all vessels anchored within.
The Lagos based SAA Tactical Operations Centre coordinates all security activity within the SAA and is manned 24/7 by PGS Group technical advisors, who are all former UK Special Forces and Royal Marines. The SAA has enjoyed 100% success against piracy since its inception in May 2013.