NIMASA to undergo major reforms- Peterside

Director General  of  NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has said it would undertake major reforms in the next one year to boast its capacity to drive the growth and development of the Nigerian maritime industry.

Security breaches in Gulf of Guinea destructive to economic life lines—CNS, Vice Admiral Ibas

   
The Chief of Naval Staff(third from right) Vice Admiral Ibok Ette Ibas and other top Naval Officers on board NNS CENTENARY for the sea manoeuvre marking the Navy at 60 
       
The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Vice Admiral Ibok Ette Ibas has expressed concern that the security breaches around the Gulf of Guinea is directed at the economic life line of both littoral and landlocked states.

NIMASA restates commitment to capacity building

L-R: Rep of the Registrar,  CFRFFN, Ifeayin Joseph , Rep of DG NIMASA and Director Maritime Labour Services of the Agency, Mrs J.A Gunwa;  Engr. Greg Ogbeifun , President Shipowners Association of Nigeria (SOAN), Pioneer Rector of MAN Oron, Engr. Olu Akinsoji and  Former  Chairman Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority, Dr. Chris Asoluka During a programme on the youth and the future of the Nigerian Maritime Industry held in Lagos recently.

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has restated its commitment to the development of maritime capacity for the growth of the nation’s maritime sector.

Corporate Social Responsibility: Intels empowering communities

A beneficiary working at the garment-making centre in Onne


A facility tour of Intels and visit to one of its host communities,Ogu, Rivers,  have proven its Corporate Social Responsibility as a ‘diet’ for healthy relationships with people of its host communities, where erstwhile indigent women have become successful entrepreneurs making international-standard industrial coveralls and other garments.  

Peterside recommends robust partnership to grow Nigeria’s maritime sector


L-R; Director Administration and Personnel Services,NIMASA, Mr. Jibril Ibrahim; Director General, NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside; Norwegian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Rolf Ree, Director, Maritime Labour Services, Mrs. Juliana Gunwa; Head, Shipping Development, Mr. Akin Akinyosoye, and Head, Public Relations, Hajia Lami Tumaka when the Ambassador paid a courtesy visit to the Agency in Lagos.

Dr. Dakuku Peterside, the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has affirmed the need for vertical and horizontal partnership to grow the Nigerian maritime sector.

Interview: Gulf of Guinea security requires coordinated strategic approach, says American maritime security expert



Maritime security expert, Capt. Phillip Heyl


An American maritime security expert, Capt.Phillip Heyl, at a recent maritime conference held as part of the Nigerian Navy Diamond Anniversary celebration, called for stronger stakeholders’ collaboration as key strategy for getting solutions to the security challenges in the Gulf of Guinea.

Over 300 striking dockers facing Layoffs

Credit: SETC

(WMN) The Lisbon Port Operators Association, which represents the interests of the companies operating in the Lisbon port, has resorted to collective sacking of striking Lisbon dockers.

Buhari approves audit of maritime sector to check corruption

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the audit of the maritime sector to ascertain why it is not making the desired progress, a statement issued by the Ministry of Transportation on Thursday said.

This ‘Big Mama’ drives multi-billion dollar operations at Onne Port



Intel’s 600-tons Liebherr crane serves as a major infrastructure driving with ease, the vast majority of operations carried out by companies at the Oil and Gas Free Zone in Onne, Rivers State.   

‘NIWA remains committed to Lagos-Tema regional ferry services’

 INTERVIEW
MD NIWA, Mr Danladi Ibrahim
                   
The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has restated its commitment to starting a regional ferry service from Lagos, Nigeria to Tema in Ghana, since it disclosed plans of the proposed operation.

Gulf of Guinea Security: Gov Udom donates 2 gunboats to Nigerian Navy... as stakeholders seek collaboration to combat sea piracy


Gov. Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom, on Tuesday at the Naval Dockyard in Lagos, donated two gunboats to the Nigerian Navy to boost its anti- piracy operations.

NIMASA will protect CVFF from abuse, says DG NIMASA, Dr. Peterside


Dr. Dakuku Peterside, DG NIMASA

 The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has expressed the agency’s resolve to safeguard the Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF) from any abuse.

NIWA debunks allegation of registering fishing trawlers


 
Managing Director, NIWA, Mr Danladi Ibrahim
 The Management of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has debunked claims by the fisheries department of the Ministry of Agriculture that it had compelled some fishing trawlers to be registered by it before operating.

Enalamah underscores importance of infrastructure for industrial clusters

R-L: Facility Manager, Mr Alex Morrow; Hon. Minister, Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah; Managing Director OGFZA, Chief Victor Alabo, and Head of Administration & General Service, Mr Chibuisi Onyebueke, when the minister toured the facility as part of a two-day retreat by his ministry

A two-day retreat on May 20 and 21 in Onne Free Zone by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, to discuss and strategize on diversifying the Nigerian economy through SMEs development and industrialisation, underscored the importance of industrial clusters to valuable development of sectors of the economy.

Former DG NIMASA, Omatseye, appeals 5 years jail sentence judgment


Mr Temisan Omatseye, a former Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has appealed against a Federal High Court judgment sentencing him to five years imprisonment, on ground that justice had yet been established.

Onne Free Trade Zone: Intels’ huge investment driven by confidence in Nigeria’s economy-- MD, Free Zones Authority

R-L: Facility Manager, Mr Alex Morrow; Hon. Minister, Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah; Managing Director OGFZA, Chief Victor Alabo, and Head of Administration & General Service, Mr Chibuisi Onyebueke, when the minister toured the facility as part of a two-day retreat by his ministry

The Managing Director of the Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority, Chief Victor Alabo, in this interview, describes Intels’ huge investment in the Onne Free Trade Zone, among about 200 investors, as driven by its confidence in the Nigerian economy.

ill-fated ship, El Faro’s final inspection found no mechanical or structural issues

The final inspection of the ill-fated cargo ship, El Faro did not show any signs of mechanical or structural issues, the latest round of hearings held by the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation revealed, according to local media.

Retreat on growth of non-oil sector kicks off in Onne

Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah


A two-day ministerial retreat on how Nigeria can develop her non-oil sector for economic sustainability has kicked off on Friday at the newly-built Onne Multi Centre, Rivers State.

Midstream Discharge: Dangers and government efforts to stop the practice

OPINION FOR THE RECORDS:
The maritime sector in countries with large population and vast water bodies is seen as a cash cow, that is only second to the oil sector judging by the volume of trade and the accruing financial benefits to the government of such nations.

NIMASA to review maritime security strategy, says Peterside

Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is set to review its maritime security strategy to enhance its capacity to combat piracy and illegal activities on Nigerian waters, the Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside has disclosed.

Forecast: Maritime Industry will need almost 150,000 more seafarers by 2025

Image Courtesy: Offshore and Home Trade Seamen's Welfare Trust
(WMN)Unless seafarer training levels are increased significantly, the growth in demand for seafarers could generate a serious shortage in the total supply of officers as the latest five-year BIMCO/ICS Manpower Report forecasts that an additional 147,500 officers will be required by 2025 to service the world merchant fleet.

Former President, Obasanjo wants Govt., Stakeholders’ focus on maritime sector development


  L-R: Chairman, Senate Committee on Marine Transport, Senator Ahmed Sani Yerima, Former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR, Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi and Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside at the opening ceremony of a two-day stakeholders conference on the maritime industry in Lagos.  

Former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has asked maritime stakeholders to come up with strategies that would grow the Nigerian maritime industry as a viable option to oil and gas.

Customs tackles smugglers, intercepts 575 bags of smuggled rice at Badagry Creeks

Offloading of the seized bags of rice at the WMC base in Lagos

The Nigeria Customs Service, Western Marine Command, on May 14, intercepted a total of 575 bags of smuggled rice with a Duty Payable Value of N4, 447, 625, and valued N2, 616,250.

Comptroller Umar Yusuf briefing newsmen on the seizures made 

Navy pledges support to tackle multi-faceted threat to Nigeria’s maritime domain


The Nigerian Navy has pledged continued support to fight against all forms of threats bedeviling the nation’s maritime domain security.

Obasanjo warns against use of govt funds to establish new national shipping line


Former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, on Monday advised against the use of government funds in re-floating a new national shipping line, considering the waste and mismanagement suffered by the former Nigerian National Shipping Line(NNSL).

Kirikiri Phase 1& 2 Terminals: Transportation Minister orders NPA to stay action on concession


The Minister of Transport, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi has ordered that the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) stay action on the concessioning of Kirikiri lighter terminals phase 1 and 2.

Nigerian shippers lose N15bn yearly to lost cargoes, says maritime lawyer


Nigeria’s maritime industry loses more than N15 billion annually to lost cargo claims, maritime lawyer, Mr Emeka Akabogu, said on Friday.

APM Terminals readies for container weighing


The Netherlands-based APM Terminals is planning to provide container weighing services at 29 locations globally to enable compliance with the upcoming SOLAS verified gross mass (VGM) regulations, effective 1 July 2016. 

Nigeria to stop importation of rice, 5 other products by 2018, says minister

Hajiya Aisha Abubakar, the Minister of State for Trade and Industry, on Wednesday disclosed that the Federal Government would stop the importation of six commodities by 2018.

NIMASA in management retreat, plans roadmap for development of maritime industry

Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency , Dr. Dakuku Peterside in a handshake with a former Minister of Education, Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili at the opening ceremony of NIMASA Top Management retreat in Lagos.
The Management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) are in a retreat to draw a roadmap for the development of the Nigerian maritime sector.

MD NPA lauds synergy with Maersk Nigeria


The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Malam Habib Abdullahi has applauded the cordial working relationship existing between the NPA and the Management of Maersk Nigeria Ltd over the years resulting in greater business returns for both parties.

FCC: Marine Radio Setup has Safety Implications

GMDSS console (file image courtesy Slawomirs / Creative Commons)

(MarEx)On Monday, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission issued a formal enforcement advisory to mariners regarding the setup of their AIS devices and their radio Digital Selective Calling (DSC) systems. 

Appointment: APM Terminals Apapa gets new Managing Director

MD APM Terminals, Apapa, Mr Martin Jacob

APM Terminals Apapa Limited, the largest container facility in Lagos, and the busiest in West Africa, has announced the appointment of Martin Jacob as Managing Director.

NIWA takes delivery of two 47-seater water buses…plans ferry services for Satellite, FESTAC Towns, Mile 2 environs

Lagos Area Manager, NIWA, Mr Muazu Sambo

One of the new boats on a test sail

The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has disclosed its plans to initiate ferry services to cover residents around Trade Fair, Satellite and FESTAC Towns, and Mile 2 areas of Lagos State.

NIMASA sets for strategic development of maritime industry



DG NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) on Monday said its interaction with stakeholders would gear toward pooling ideas for the strategic development of the agency for improved services in the maritime industry.

NIMASA DG reaffirms need for skilled manpower to grow Nigeria’s maritime industry


 
 NIMASA DG, Dr. Dakuku Peterside (middle) with the US Commercial Counsellor Mr. Richard Ryan (left), Faculty of the Texas Southern University (TSU), Houston and the Senior Vice President of the West Gulf Maritime Association, Mr. Niels Aalund (behind DG) during the DG's visit to the TSU, Houston
The Director General (DG) of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has reiterated the need for skilled manpower to steer the development of the Nigerian maritime industry.

League of Editors opt out of proposed Maritime Journalists Association


The proposed merger of all Maritime Media Organizations ran into serious hitch at the weekend with the pulling out of its most senior partner - the League of Maritime Editors (LOME).

Another 'big catch' as Customs Marine Command intercepts 3750kg of cannabis in Badagry valued N100m

CAC Umar Yusuf(middle) briefing newsmen on the seizure made, and with him  is  Navy Capt. Simon Dogo, Commanding Officer, FOB Badagry as both agencies collaborate for better efficiency

The Nigeria Customs Service, Western Marine Command(WMC) on Thursday at Tanfi Island, Badagry, Lagos State, confiscated 26 jumbo bales of cannabis valued over 100 million naira.

The bales of marijuana and the seized motorcycle found at the location

Perterside desrcibes Nigeria's maritime as 'soul of nation's economy... wants IOCs to engage indigenous shipowners in ferrying Nigeria’s oil &gas cargo

NIMASA Director General, Dr. Dakuku Peterside delivery a paper at a workshop on local content implementation in Nigerian Oil&Gas Industry


The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is pushing for the engagement of eligible Nigerians by the International Oil Companies (IOCs) in lifting of Nigeria’s oil and gas cargoes.

OBP: GoG Pirates Snatch Ransoms of up to USD 400,000

Image Courtesy: Oceans Beyond Piracy

(WMN)The Gulf of Guinea pirates have been yielding ransom payments of up to USD 400,000 for kidnapped seafarers in 2015, according to a maritime piracy report released by Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP).
While piracy in the region started 2015 with a series of violent incidents, kidnapping for ransom was the most widespread model of piracy throughout the year, which continued escalating into the first quarter of 2016.

Nigeria Customs seeks Navy assistance in battling mid-stream discharge of cargoes

ACG Zone 'A', Eporwei Edike giving  a plaque to visiting Rear Admiral Ferguson  Bobai, the Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command, at the ACG's office in Lagos 

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Wednesday sought the assistance of the Nigerian Navy in its fight against mid-stream discharge of cargoes.

Agents appeal with NPA over September eviction notice



Clearing Agents and freight forwarders operating at the Container Complex, Tin Can Island Port, Apapa have called on the management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to rescind its decision to evict them from the complex.

Lawyer dismisses negative comments on Warri, Lagos, Brass OGFZs

A Lawyer,  Mr  Iyobosa Egerin has described insinuations making the rounds that the Warri, Lagos, Brass Oil and Gas Free Zones were illegal establishments as ``cruel, unfortunate, misleading and disheartening.’’

How to successfully manage CVFF-- Ship Finance Expert, Olorunfemi

Special Interview
Sir Peter Olorunfemi


A Ship Finance Expert, Sir Peter Olorunfemi has given assurance that the Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF) will fulfill its target if it is well managed, and adequate reports made public to all stakeholders.

With over 8,000 trucks certified, NPA plans mop-up exercise for more compliance


The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) will carry out a mop-up exercise on trucks operating at the Western Ports, to ensure they comply with the prescribed minimum standards.

Why local dredgers need regular EIA awareness programmes— Consultant

Interview
Mr Ayo Abiodun, Managing Director, Odun Environmental

Considering the impact of dredging activities on the environment, an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Consultant, Mr Ayo Abiodun, has prescribed more awareness programmes for locals who engage in commercial dredging activities.

Head of NIMASA PR, Hajia Tumaka, among Top 100 Global PR Professionals

Hajia Lami Tumaka, Head of PR at NIMASA
Hajia Lami Tumaka, the Head of Public Relations, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has been named among the top 100 global Public Relations Practitioners in the world for mentees to follow.

MARAN says it is not in association with other groups

The Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN) has restated that it is not in any merger arrangement with any group.