IMO eyes tougher measures to reduce marine plastic litter from ships

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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted an action plan which aims to enhance existing regulations and introduce new supporting measures to reduce marine plastic litter from ships.

NPA Photo News: Occupational Health and Safety Training

The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman (sitting 5th left) and other top Management Staff at the end of an awareness workshop on ISO 9001:2015 and Occupation Health, Safety, and Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001:2007 ISO Certification for NPA in Lagos

Gulf of Guinea strategic to food security, says DG NIMASA

The Executive Director, Finance & Administration, NIMASA, Mr Bashir Yusuf Jamoh, Executive Secretary, Gulf of Guinea Commission (GGC), Ambassador Florentina Ukonga , and the Director, Special Duties, NIMASA, Hajia Lami Tumaka at a Seminar on the state of Food Security Assured by the Seas of West and Central Africa and the Perspectives on the Blue Sea Economy in member states of the GGC ongoing at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island Lagos


The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has stressed the importance of the Gulf of Guinea to food security to the West and Central African sub-region, stating that the region must be properly secured to avert illegal activities that may hamper food supply in the African region.

NPA Photo News: WIMAfrica Continental Conference

The Hnourable Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaecchi  (Middle), The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman (right), and the President, WIMAFRICA, Jean Anishere,  during the 2nd African Women in Maritime (WIMAFRICA) Continental Conference / Annual General Meeting in Lagos

MD NPA advocates enhanced cargo clearance framework in Africa

MD NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman


The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Hadiza Bala Usman has advocated for an African framework targeted at enhancing the conveyance of cargos and the quality of logistics in a more predictable manner.

Pirates kidnap 11 Crew from Boxship off Nigeria

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Pirates boarded a containership and seized 11 crew members off Nigeria early on October 27.

WIMAfrica Conference: Stakeholders seek improvement in key drivers of trade facilitation in Africa


President of WIMAfrica, Mrs. Jean Chiazor-Anishere

Stakeholders who converged on Monday at the 2nd Continental Conference and Annual General Meeting of the Women in Maritime Africa (WIMAfrica) in Eko Hotel and Suites, advocated the need for infrastructural development and other elements as key for trade facilitation in Africa.

Illegal, unregulated fishing deny W/Africa of $2 bn annually

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West Africa loses at least $2 billion annually to unreported, unregulated and illegal fishing.
Amb. Florentina Adenike Ukonga, Executive Secretary, Gulf of Guinea (GoG) Commission stated this on Monday at the Second GoG Annual Conference convened in Lagos by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

NPA committed to attainment of ISO 9001, OHSAS 18001 certification and compliance--MD



MD NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman 

The Managing Director of the Nigerian Port Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, has reiterated the commitment of the Authority to achieving the ISO 9001 & OHSAS 18001 certification and compliance, especially in its harbours services, with a view to accelerating efficiency in the system.

Presenting WIMAfrica’s new course for trade improvement


… As Body inaugurates new executive at 2nd Continental Conference/AGM
File photo: Founder, WIM Africa, Dr. Nkosazana  Dlamini-Zuma

Women in Maritime Africa (WIMAfrica) is determined to explore new and sustainable ways for driving trade improvement in the continent, particularly in the area of its blue economy.

Ship operating costs set to rise in 2018 and 2019


Total vessel operating costs in the shipping industry are expected to rise by 2.7% in 2018 and by 3.1% in 2019, according to a a survey by Moore Stephens.

FG considers building Warri, Bonny, Lekki deep seaports to end Apapa gridlock

Honourable Minister of Transportation,  Mr. Rotimi Amaechi


The Federal Government said it had concluded plans to build Deep Seaports at Bonny in Rivers State, Warri in Delta State and Lekki, in Lagos State, as part of solutions to addressing the  gridlock faced on Apapa Wharf road.

40 persons feared dead in Benue boat mishap



No fewer than 40 persons, including mourners and market women, were feared dead when a boat conveying them suddenly disappeared on River Katsina-Ala at Abuku/Buruku harbour in Benue State.

Private Boat Operators demand CVFF to boost their operations




The Lagos Commercial Private Boat Operators District, an arm of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) on Wednesday requested to be supported with a portion of the Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF) to enable them address some of their operational challenges.

Customer Celebration Week: NIMASA upholds Customer-Focus Approach

… Commits to more engagement with non-convention vessel operators

Some participants at the Customer Service Week held by NIMASA in Lagos on Wednesday


In compliance with the Federal Government’s template for Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to have a customer-focus approach in their operations, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has expressed more commitment to engaging with stakeholders.

NPA Photo News

The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman (3rd left), the Director General, Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON). Cecilia Gayya ( 4th left), 

Nigeria, Benin open new Seme-Krake Joint Border Post to strengthen ties






Nigeria and Republic of Benin on Tuesday strengthened their bi-lateral relationship with the formal opening of the new Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Joint Border Post at Seme-Krake, Badagry, Lagos State.

SIFAX Photo News

L-R: Kyari Bukar, Lead Judge, The Next Titan; Ubi Franklin, Guest/Celebrity Judge; Mide Kunle-Akinlaja, Executive Producer, The Next Titan; Adewale Adetayo, General Manager, SIFAX Haulage & Logistics Company/ Guest Judge and Chris Parks, Judge,

Ezinne Dorothy Osamgbi for burial

Ezinne Dorothy Osamgbi


The death and burial rites have been announced of Ezinne(Mrs.) Dorothy Ndukoso Osamgbi(Nee Eluemunor), mother of the Deputy Director and Head of Public Relations, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency(NIMASA) Mr. Isichei Osamgbi.

NIMASA advocates zero tolerance to marine accidents

Dr. Dakuku Peterside, DG NIMASA


The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has urged players in the maritime sector especially enforcement officers to comply with safety rules that would eliminate marine accidents and other related issues that may arise from marine operational mishandling.

Orakwusi seeks establishment of Maritime Advocacy Group to drive workable policy

Mrs Margaret Orakwusi, Chairman, Shipowners Forum


Chairman of the Shipowners Forum and the Chief Executive of  Morbod Group, Barrister Margaret Orakwusi, has called for the establishment of a maritime advocacy group that would be responsible for working to convince government on the importance and need to implement policies that can drive the maritime sector effectively in Nigeria.

Labour begins indefinite wage strike November 6



Unless the Federal Government announces a new minimum wage, organised labour will embark on an indefinite strike from November 6, 2018.

Buhari to visit Seme on Tuesday for ECOWAS Border Posts handover

President Muhammadu Buhari


Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari will Tuesday perform the official hand over of the new Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Border Posts at Seme-Krake and Neope-Akanu in Badagry to his Republic of Benin counterpart, Patrice Talon.

Customs impounds container load of stew worth N27m from China



Relying on intelligence report, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS)  has intercepted a container with imported soups (Stew) and some other eatable items worth N27,960,000 from China.

Uber Freight enters trailer leasing business



Dive Brief:
  • Uber Freight this week launched a new program, Powerloop, which will rent trailers to carriers under a trailer-pool model that any eligible carrier can use, according to various news outlets.

Group mobilises maritime, allied industries stakeholders' support for Atiku






Strategic stakeholders in the maritime and allied industries have converged under the aegis of the Committee of Maritime and Allied Industries Stakeholders for Atiku Abubakar (CMAISAA) to muster enthusiastic support for Nigeria's former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, who they described as an "A-class presidential material for the nation's 2019 General Elections."

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




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.

NPA Photo News

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.