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Abstract Submission No. IO50-10-0001PresentationPoster

EXTREME HAZARDOUS WRECKS DYNAMICS : AN OVERVIEW IN WEST AFRICA COASTAL AREAS

EDIANG OKUKU ARCHIBONG*1

1 SOUTH SOUTH MARINE COORDINATOR NIGERIAN METEOROLOGICAL AGENCY EKE, NIGERIA

ABSTRACT :

In recent years ocean technology has leaped to the aid of scientists by providing them with cost-effective tools that can take measurements of essential biogeochemical variables autonomously, i.e. sensors on autonomous platforms. These autonomous measurements are complementary to efforts carried out by traditional ship-based sampling, with the aim of improving data coverage worldwide. Yet, despite these options becoming more readily available, there is still a gap between the technology (investigators and technicians that deploy these technologies) and the end-user. The high rate of abandoned shipwrecks all over the country's coastal waters has become a major source of headache to both the government and Nigerians, especially regionally in Africa (West Africa). The attempt in this study is however to highlight and examine the role of hazardous wrecks and the meteorological monitoring systems along the coastline of West Africa, Nigeria in particular is discussed. Also considered has been given to the factors affecting developments in the maritime transports by ships, vessels etc by hazardous wrecks and its impacts on navigation and marine safety. The paper conclude by drawing the attention and stimulation of the private sector, urged the relevant stakeholders to expedite action on plans to remove the vessels, causing navigational hazards to other vessels entering the ports, just as it might trigger flooding of the nation's shorelines. Also developing the markets for viable maritime activities, obtaining the necessary finance for viable maritime technologies in the African continental coastlines.