NPA upholds collaborations for safeguarding nation’s territorial waters

The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman presents a plaque to the Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral, Obed Habila Ngalabak, who paid  her a courtesy visit at the NPA Corporate Headquarters, Marina, Lagos.

The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Hadiza Bala Usman has reiterated the determination of the Management of the Authority to collaborate and corporate with all stakeholders responsible for safeguarding the nation’s territorial waters within budgetary limitation.

Truck operators want transit parks, port automation to end Apapa gridlock

Truck operators on Friday blamed gridlocks in Apapa on lack of transit parks and ineffective regulation by relevant authorities for the operation of trucks at Lagos ports.

Isoko women protest relocation of DELSU engineering faculty to Abraka campus

A number of  Isoko women on Tuesday protested against the planned relocation of the Engineering school of the Delta State University(DELSU)as well as its 100 level students from Oleh campus to Abraka.

IMO releases ship and port emission toolkits

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has issued a new set of free-of-charge toolkits to assess and address emissions from ships and ports.

WIMAfrica sets for conference on improving intra-continent trade

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The Women In Maritime Africa (WIMAfrica) will be holding its second Continental Conference and Annual General Meeting with the theme “Trade Facilitation For African Integration: Prospects and Challenges.”

Seafarers’ jobs not threatened by autonomous ships

There will be no shortage of jobs for seafarers, especially officers, in the next two decades, as a result of the introduction of autonomous ships, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) reassured, citing data from a new study.

Maritime is catalyst for Nigeria’s industrialisation, says Dakuku Peterside

… Stakeholders commend NIMASA’s Leadership Role in Africa

The Managing Director National Inland Waterways Authority, Senator Olorunibe Mamora, The Director General NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, The Minister of State for Works, Engr. Mustapha Baba Shauri and the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation Mr. Sabiu Zakari at the 2018 World Maritime Day Celebration in Lagos  on Tuesday 

Nigeria needs to develop her blue economy in order to effectively  move away from an oil-dependent economy, and industrialise.
That was the position of the Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, and other top players in the maritime industry, at the 2018 World Maritime Day celebration held on Tuesday in Lagos.

Photo News: NPA at World Maritime Day Celebration

L-R: The representative of the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and Executive Director, Marine and Operations, Dr. Sokonte Huttins Davies, the representative of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Minster of State for Power, Works and Housing, Mustapha Baba Shehuri, and the Permanent Secretary, FMOT, Alh. Sabiu Zakari during the World Maritime Day Celebration in Lagos

World Maritime Day : FG bemoans criminal activities at sea

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The Federal Government on Tuesday lamented that in spite of the numerous achievements in the maritime industry, the industry in Nigeria and globally has come under siege of criminal elements who still engage in acts of piracy, sea robbery, arms proliferation, crude oil theft, terrorism, migration, illegal and unregulated fishing in the Gulf of Guinea and within Nigeria’s territorial waters.

Stakeholders decry unprofessionalism among Freight forwarders, Customs brokers

At Prince Olayiwola Shittu's 68th birthday celebration in Lagos.

Stakeholders in the maritime industry have condemned the freight forwarders and licensed customs brokers over unprofessional practices in the cause of their operations at the ports.

Nigerian Navy discloses plans to produce nautical charts of maritime domain

The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Vice Admiral Ibok Ibas  on Monday disclosed that plans were underway for the nation to commence in-house nautical charting of her waterways.

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The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman (Middle), the Director of Maritime Service  (FMOT) , Sanni Umar Galandachi  (left), and the Managing Director, STARZ Marine & Engineering Ltd., Greg Ogbeifun during the Colloquium and Book Presentation in honour of Prince Shittu in Lagos on Monday.

ReCAAP: Piracy incidents drop to ten-year low

A total of 64 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia during January-September 2018, according to Asia’s piracy watchdog ReCAAP.

NPA seeks collective effort for effective cargo clearance at nation’s seaports

The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman (Middle), the Celebrant, Prince Olayiwola Shittu (right), and Mrs. O. Shittu during the Colloquium and Book Presentation in honour of Prince Shittu in Lagos on Monday.

The Managing Director Nigerian Ports Authority, (NPA) Hadiza Bala Usman, on Monday called on critical stakeholders to ensure their collective commitment for effective cargo clearance at the nation’s seaports.

Interview: Terminal operators should provide scanners at the seaports—Prince Shittu

Prince Olayiwola Shittu, Former President of ANLCA

Prince Olayiwola Shittu, erstwhile President of the Association of Nigerian Licesed Customs Agents (ANLCA) has expressed his views on a number of industry issues including who should be responsible for the provision of scanners at the seaports. In an interactive session with journalists in Lagos at the weekend ahead of his birthday celebration and book launch, Shittu said it remained the responsibility of the terminal operators to provide tools of trade for their operations as concessionaires at the seaports.

Dakuku reassures international community of security on Nigerian Waters

…Meets Korean Ambassador on Maritime Development

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside , the  Consular-General of the Korean Embassy in Nigeria, Kim In-Taek and  the Executive Director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services of NIMASA Mr. Gambo Ahmed when the Korean Consular General paid a Courtesy visit to NIMASA

The Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has assured seafarers and other members of the international community of the country’s continued efforts to ensure our waters are safer for navigation.

PIL terminates vessel calls to Iran due to US sanctions

Singapore shipping company Pacific International Lines (PIL) has ceased acceptance of cargoes in and out of Iran.

NPA MD vows to retain Maritime Cup

Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman addressing some of the victorious players (Hadiza Warriors) who won the Maritime Cup at the NPA Corporate Headquarters in Marina, Lagos

The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority Hadiza Bala Usman has warned organizations in the Maritime Industry that the NPA football team fondly called Hadiza Warriors would do everything possible to retain the trophy in 2019. “Adding that though NIMASA which NPA defeated in the final 4-1 is strong this year, but NPA would even be stronger in the 2019 games.”

Photo News: OSUAConnection honours Bode Ojajuni

Assistant Commissioner of Police, Bode Ojajuni(Right) honoured in Lagos by the University of Ado Ekiti Alumni ( OSUAConnection)

Cabotage: No more waivers, Dakuku tells Oil Coys

...Charges IOCs to play their part in industry growth
...Says Agency ready to enforce strict compliance to regulations

DG NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside
The Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has said the Agency will no longer encourage the application of any form of waivers under the Cabotage Act, particularly from the oil firms operations as such does not help the growth of the Nigerian maritime sector and economy at large.

African Circle unveils 16 new trucks for waste management at ports

From left, Acting Coordinating Officer, Africa Circle Pollution Management Limited (ACPML), Mr Ahmadu Fidi Ahmadu; representative of the General Manager, Health Safety & Environment (HSE), Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Yunusa Ibrahim; General Manager, Security, NPA, Mr Nasir Anas Mohammed, and the District Manager, Lagos Port, ACPML, Mrs Latifat Ibrahim, at the unveiling of 16 modern trucks procured by ACPML in Lagos, recently.
In a bid to fulfill its mandate as contained in the agreement it signed with the Federal Government, the management of African Circle Pollution Management Limited (ACPML) has unveiled 16 new modern trucks.

Shippers Council summons Shipping Coys over plan to introduce ports congestion surcharge

The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) Thursday summoned multinational shipping agencies over their plans to introduce ports congestion surcharge on every container coming into the Lagos ports.

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The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman receives the Maritime Cup won by the NPA Football Team (Hadiza Warriors) from the General Manager, Human Resources / Chairman Central Nigerian Ports Sports Association (NIPOSA), Yahaya Gana Bukar, when the victorious team paid a courtesy call on the MD, at the NPA Corporate Headquarters in Marina, Lagos,

NAGAFF threatens boycott of Shipping Coys demanding congestion surcharges

Members of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), have said they are battle-ready for all multinational shipping lines who have issued notices to introduce congestion surcharges of $400 and $425 per container at the nation’s ports.

HURILAWS urges Judges in Nigeria to declare death penalty unconstitutional

On this World 16th World Day Against the Death Penalty, the rights advocacy group, Human Rights Law Service(HURILAWS) has called on Judges in Nigeria to employ activism to declare this practice unconstitutional.

NPA frowns at proposed $400 congestion surcharge by CMA CGM

...threatens to sanction shipping lines over any congestion surcharge

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has condemned a multinational shipping agency, CMA CGM, over the ports congestion surcharge of $400 per container announced at the weekend.

Pirates board Maersk Newbury in Ecuador Waters

Singapore-flagged containership Maersk Newbury was boarded by pirates while transiting under pilot at Guayaquil River in Ecuador on October 2, 2018. 

Investment Plan: Nigerian High Commissioner to Gambia rallies support for SIFAX Group

L-R:Adeyemi Odusanya, Executive Director, Corporate Banking & South Directorate, Keystone Bank; Ambassador Oluwasegun Ibidapo-Obe, Nigerian High Commissioner to The Gambia; Dr. Taiwo Afolabi (MON), Group Executive Vice Chairman, SIFAX Group and Saheed Lasisi, General Manager, Business Development and Strategy, SIFAX Group during a courtesy visit by the SIFAX Group team on the High Commissioner in Banjul, Gambia recently.

The Nigerian High-Commissioner to The Gambia, Ambassador Oluwasegun Ibidapo-Obe, has commended SIFAX Group for its planned multi-million dollar investment plan in The Gambia.

NPA wins prestigious Maritime Cup for the first time

L-R: General Manager, Human Resources, representing the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mallam Yahaya Bukar; CEO, Ships & Ports, Bolaji Akinola; President General, Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju; Executive Director Operations, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Engr. Rotimi Fasakin and Captain of Team NPA lifting the Maritime Cup in Lagos on Tuesday.

The Nigerian Port Authority (NPA) on Tuesday defeated the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to emerge winner of the 2018 edition of the Annual Ships & Ports Maritime Cup Competition.

Nigeria Customs creates three Shipping Terminals In South-East

The Nigeria Customs Services has created three shipping terminals and one bonded terminal in the South-East to boost economic activities in the zone, an official has said.

ICTSI gets go-ahead to upgrade Terminal

International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) has received a nod from the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) to further expand its Manila flagship terminal.

Dangote believes free trade can deepen Africa’s economy

Aliko Dangote, President of Dangote Group
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Africa’s richest man and President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, has expressed his conviction that Africa’s economy can be made robust through private sector investors and governments, who should take the regional markets as top priority.

Akwa Ibom harnesses maritime potentials to boost State’s economy

Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State is harnessing the maritime potentials in the state to boost the state’s economy.

13 ships waiting to berth at Lagos Ports

A total of 13 vessels laden with various products are waiting to berth at the Lagos ports, the Nigerian Ports Authority have disclosed on Monday in its daily Shipping Position document .

Bunker spills after RoRo rams into anchored containership

A bunker spill has been reported after Tunisian Ro-Ro ship Ulysses crashed into Cyprus-flagged containership CLS Virginia on Sunday morning, October 7, while the boxship was anchored about 28 kilometres north-west of Cape Corsica.

Nigeria Customs redeploys 13 officers, promotes 4 others

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) at the weekend announced the redeployment of 13 officers to various offices, and the promotion of four others to the position of acting Assistant Comptroller – Generals.

Customs FOU ‘A’ seizes contraband with N2.2bn DPV

The Federal Operations Unit  Zone A’ of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Thursday  made public, seizures of different illegal imports with a duty paid value (DPV) of N2.2 billion.

NIWA MD promises to make inland waterways attractive for cargo, passengers movement

Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora, the Managing Director, the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), has pledged to introduce measures that will make the nation’s inland waterways attractive for the movement of cargo and passengers.

Ocean Cleanup cleared to head for Great Pacific Garbage Patch

After two weeks of  final tests in the Pacific, the Ocean Cleanup has received the green light to proceed to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and start cleaning plastics.

Foundation, experts canvass better welfare package for widows

L-R:Foluke Ademokun, Executive Coordinator, Ajoke Ayisat Afolabi Foundation; Sarah Sosan, former Deputy Governor of Lagos State; Dr. Wale Afolabi, President, Ajoke Ayisat Afolabi Foundation and Dr. Fola Rogers-Saliu, Executive Director, Human Resources and Administration during the AAAF’s tenth anniversary lecture and celebration in Lagos.

To make widows become self-sufficient and better equipped to take care of their families and in turn grow the economy, the Ajoke Ayisat Afolabi Foundation (AAAF) and other experts comprising of Sarah Sosan, former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Olufunsho Amosun, First Lady, Ogun State, Abimbola Fashola, former First Lady, Lagos State, SIFAX Group and other NGOS have advocated for better welfare packages for them from both the public and private institutions in Nigeria.

Navy arrests 14 suspected oil, diesel smugglers

The Navy has arrested 14 suspects for allegedly smuggling adulterated diesel and “black oil” to unsuspecting consumers in Rivers State, an official said.

Shipowners urged to install ballast water treatment systems

A year after the ratification of the IMO Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention in September 2017, the process of installation of the system aboard ships has proven to be more than a walk in the park.

58th Independence Anniversary: Full text of President Buhari’s address

Fellow Nigerians,
Today is a day of celebration and solemn reflection. It is the anniversary of the day Nigerians realised one of the most cherished of human desires – the desire for freedom. We, therefore, give thanks to and remember our founding fathers who laboured so hard and sacrificed so much to build and bequeath to us this wonderful nation. It is our duty to consolidate this great legacy.

Maritime Community clamps down on shipping of counterfeit goods

Representatives of the maritime industry have developed a set of best practices to reduce the volume of counterfeits shipped around the globe through checks on their customers and supply chains.

NLC suspends warning strike

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called off its nationwide strike.
This announcement was made on Sunday by the NLC President Ayuba Wabba.
He said the strike is being called off as a result of the firm and formal assurance of the Federal Government to reconvene the tripartite committee on the new minimum wage.

Port activities remain grounded as strike continues in day two

Apapa Port gate

Operations have remained shut at the seaports in Lagos as a result of the warning industrial action embarked on by the Nigeria Labour Congress.

UNCTAD: Trade wars a symptom of a deeper malaise

The world economy remains on shaky ground a decade after the 2008 financial crisis, with trade wars a symptom of a deeper malaise, according to UNCTAD’s Trade and Development Report 2018: Power, Platforms and the Free Trade Delusion.

Liberia: Owners need to know where compliant fuels will be available well ahead

With only 15 months to get ready for the 2020 sulphur cap, Liberia has called on the International Maritime Organization to help facilitate early reporting on the availability of compliant marine fuel.

EU Parliament supports tax exemption for ships using onshore power supply

The European Parliament’s Transport Committee has supported the removal of tax barriers for the uptake of shore-side electricity supply (OPS) in ports for ships at berth.

Mamora is new Managing Director NIWA

The Federal Government on Tuesday announced the appointment of Senator Olorunimbe Mamora as the new Managing Director, National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA).