The national oil company of Nigeria (NNPC) has lifted the ban on 113 tankers imposed in July, according to a letter released by the corporation on September 8th, 2015.
The letter, dated September 8, said the president had approved the consideration of all incoming ships subject to a letter guaranteeing that they are free and will not be used for any illegal activity.
For all tankers was not allowed to enter the territorial waters of Nigeria since July 15 when the ban has been ordered by the President Muhammadu Buhari.
Тhe reasons for his decision were not disclosed so far, but it is assumed that the move was triggered by the country’s efforts to curb illegal oil trading.
In the list of tankers attached to the official forbiddance paper were included mostly Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs) - a total of 102 blacklisted ships.
The International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (Intertanko) opposed the ban urging for its immediate lifting.