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Offshore Patrol Vessels Africa

27 August, 2013 - 29 August, 2013, Lagos, Nigeria

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Welcome to OPV Africa

The African continent is increasingly witnessing a progressive surge in offshore activities across the broad spectrum of maritime trade and business. With such great opportunities amidst immense resources, many observers believe this presents incredible and exciting markets for the future.Undoubtedly, many littoral African countries have considerable oil and gas reserves, bountiful fisheries and viable Sea Lanes of Communication. Despite this, we can all agree that maritime insecurity and illegal activities at sea threaten to undermine the great potential of this continent and therefore no time can be spared in discussing and implementing decisive solutions to these our common problems.

Realising the enormous but surmountable maritime security challenges in our collective maritime domains, the Nigerian Navy intends organising a naval conference focusing on the unique maritime security problems facing many African countries in the 21st century. We are proud to welcome you to the inaugural OPV Africa Conference.

This conference is organised by the Nigerian Navy for the benefit of all maritime countries in Africa. The major themes which will be discussed are:

  • Anti-piracy operations
  • Cost-effective OPV and naval systems acquisition
  • Multilateral and innovative protection of offshore oil assets
  • Technology transfer and development of domestic ship building capabilities
  • International best practice in OPV operations

The Conference seeks to gather foremost global experts in maritime security and naval matters to impart their experience and expertise. Participants will be opportuned to hear from senior Chiefs and Flag Officers from African navies. Also, maritime industry key players will display groundbreaking technologies to assist the continent in dealing with maritime security threats.

If you are a serving officer looking to find solutions for operational head-aches, an industry representative with a service or product which could help surmount the problems African navies are facing, or an interested stakeholder seeking to engage with the top decision makers from African navies, then this is a must-attend conference for you.

I look forward to receiving you at OPV Africa in August this year!

Yours sincerely

Emmanuel Ogbor
Rear Admiral
Chief of Policy and Plans
Naval Headquarters Ahuja


Reasons to attend

  • Meet African Chiefs of Navy, including Nigeria, Ghana and Djibouti
  • Network with all the decision-makers in Nigeria’s Navy as they unveil exciting new plans for the future
  • Hear from the world’s leading experts in maritime security including senior admirals from
    Malaysia, Peru and Pakistan
  • Understand the rising problems and threats to oil and gas production from maritime insecurity and terrorism in the Gulf of Guinea
  • Learn about the region’s grand plans to transform its ship building capability
  • Explore how capacity building in the region can help to defeat the rise of piracy, terrorism and smuggling

Offshore Oil and Gas Security Focus Day

Attend the special post-conference focus day on protecting offshore oil and gas infrastructure in the Gulf of Guinea and hear from navies, governments and oil majors on how they intend to partner with maritime security companies, defence solution providers and other agencies to create a future plan to safeguard economic assets at sea.


“Effective and clear. Very high value to exchange ideas and experiences.”
E. Baldo, Selex Sistemi Integrati

“Very useful update on OPV issues.”
Robert Simpson, Lloyd's Register

“Provided a lot of interesting and important information which will be used as a basis for future business development strategy.”
Richard Schmitzer, Siemens AG

Who will attend:

Offshore Patrol Vessels Africa is an official event of the Nigerian Navy with full governmental support. The level of endorsement and participation from the Nigerian authorities is such that this seminal and unique conference will include delegates from the highest echelons of government, tri-services, police and maritime authorities. The scale and participation of this event is unprecedented for the maritime community. Furthermore, oil and gas company executives taking a multi-lateral approach to increasing maritime security through the purchasing of vessels and contracting of private security measures, will also feature heavily.

Aside from Nigeria, there will be a significant contribution and presence from other regional African navies and maritime authorities. Accompanying them are delegations from around the world, people of highly distinguished careers and decision-making authority, representing their own organisations’ interests in increasing maritime security and advising their own solutions to the growing problems that are threatening the exclusive economic zones of Africa.

Venue & Accommodation

Four Points by Sheraton Hotel
Plot 9/10 Block 2 Oniru
Chieftaincy Estate
P. O Box 53197 Ikoyi, Lagos,
Lagos Nigeria
Phone: +234 1 448 9444
Fax: +234 1 448 9434

Hotel and travel costs are not included in the registration fee.
For assistance in your travel and accommodation requirements, please refer to details below:

Special / corporate rate for room accommodation is available in the hotel. You may contact the hotel directly as per the details above quoting IQPC Middle East or the name of the conference.

Contact Anuj Sachdev or Bindu Babu at SNTTA Travel & Tours LLC
E- mail:
Phone: + 971 4 2829000
Fax: + 971 4 2829988
Please book at the earliest for your convenience.

The conference agenda is available as PDF under downloads.


Advisory Board, Speakers and VIP delegates

  • Vice Admiral Dele Joseph Ezeoba, Chief of Naval Staff, Nigerian Navy
  • Rear Admiral Geoffrey Mawuli Biekro, Chief of Naval Staff, Ghanaian Navy
  • Rear Admiral Emmanuel Ogbeche Ogbor, Chief of Policy and Plans, Nigerian Navy
  • Rear Admiral Goddy A. Anyankpele, Director, Nigerian Navy Transformation Office
  • Rear Admiral Karl Weisner, Director, Maritime Warfare, South African Navy
  • Vice Admiral Dato’ Ahmed Puzi Bin Ab Kahar, Deputy Commander, Operations, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency
  • Vice Admiral Edmundo Deville del Campo, General Director, Peruvian Coastguard
  • Rear Admiral Emeraku Ijioma, Chief of Naval Engineering, Nigerian Navy
  • Rear Admiral AA Osinowo, Director Project Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate, Nigerian Navy
  • Rear Admiral RO Osondu, Director of Plans, Nigerian Navy
  • Rear Admiral Waseem Akram, Director General, Pakistan Maritime Security Agency
  • Colonel Abdourahman Aden Cher, Commandant, Djibouti National Navy
  • Captain José Mirones, Head of the External Affairs Division, Portuguese Navy
  • Dr Karen Sumser-Lupson, Commissioner, African Maritime Safety and Security Agency
  • Mrs Nancy Karigithu, Director General, Kenyan Maritime Authority
  • Lieutenant Colonel Rashed Al Hebsi, Director, Tasneef Emirates Classification Society
  • Commander Garvin Heerah, Executive Director, National Security Operations Centre, Trinidad and Tobag
  • Mr Johan Obdola, Chief of the Latin American Office, International Airport, Seaport and Transport Police
  • Mr. Tomeu Rotger, Military and Armoured vessels Specialist, Grup Aresa Internacional
  • Mr. Pol Montolio, Chief on Naval Designers, Grup Aresa Internacional
  • Chukwuma Henry OKOLO (B. Sc., FCA, FCCA), Vice Chairman, Dorman Long Engineering Ltd.
  • Senior representative, Thales
  • Senior representative, Sopetro Offshore Marine Operations
  • Mr Richard O.J. Naylor, Mechanical Engineer and Marine Surveyor, AluminumNow Group – Maritime Solutions


Event details

IQPC Middle East FZ LLC
27 August, 2013
29 August, 2013
Four Points by Sheraton Hotel


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