A.P. Moller - Maersk grows across the business

In the third quarter of 2018, A.P. Moller - Maersk progresses in the strategic business transformation, reporting growth in both Ocean and non-Ocean with a total revenue increase of 31% to USD 10.1bn, 12% excluding Hamburg Süd, the company has disclosed in a statement.

NIWA Area Offices decry security challenges, inadequate manpower

The Area Offices of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) in Onitsha, Warri and the Onitsha River Port have cried out over the lack of functional vehicles, inadequate staff and conflicts with sister agencies as their major constrains in their areas of operations.

NPA Photo News

 The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman (left) presents a plaque to the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates (UAE)in Nigeria, Fahad Al Tafaq (right), who paid her a courtesy visit at the NPA Corporate Headquarters, Marina, Lagos.

Interview: “How Maritime Agencies neglect Master Mariners to industry detriment in Nigeria”

Capt. Tajudeen Alao, President of the NAMM(Right) and Capt. Onyebuke, First Vice-President of the NAMM 

Expressing concern that maritime agencies in Nigeria have continually preferred engaging foreigners for jobs that they could handle, President of the Nigerian Association of Master Mariners (NAMM), Capt. Tajudeen Alao, in this interview, said that such foreign practitioners were never subjected to any professional clearance to ascertain claims of their expertise. He also talks on other industry matters including having the requisite education and practical experience to train the nation’s cadets on sea time according to global standards.

Pirates fire at LNG Carrier off Nigeria

An LNG tanker was chased and fired upon by nine pirates in a speed boat on November 6, around 30 nautical miles southwest of Bonny, Nigeria, the IMB Piracy Reporting Center informed.

Maritime School christens training vessel

A Philippine maritime training institute christened the newest addition to its fleet of vessels on Thursday, November 8.

Maritime Editors, Publishers accuse Customs CG, Officers of worsening corruption at Ports

CG strike force allegedly collects N100,000 per 40ft container, N1 million for contraband container

*FOUs use syndicate to collect bribe to avoid seizure of containers
*We want evidence, specific cases to punish officers, say Customs image makers

The League of Maritime Editors weekend raised daring allegations of wrong doings, massive corruption in the port system against the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Rtd Col. Hammed Ali, officers of the Strike Force (SF) created by his office and others at the nation’s ports and border stations.

Master Mariners create ‘Clearance House’ to certify practitioners, rid sector of fakes

…Say Nigerians suitably qualified, experienced to develop sector’s capacity  

First President of the NAMM, Capt. Dennis Osah(left) receiving his membership certificate and identity card from the current president of the association, Capt. Tajudeen Alao 

                                          Capt. Augustine Olugbode(left) receiving his membership certificate and identity from the Nigerian Association of Master Mariners 

The Nigerian Association of Master Mariners (NAMM) has set in motion efforts to sanitise the sector by ensuring its members are duly cleared and certified for practice in Nigeria as master mariners.

Terminal operators to now showcase their activities at trade fairs, exhibitions – MD NPA

In order to promote the activities of Terminal Operators as concessionaires in all the nation seaports, the management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has directed that henceforth all such operators would be encouraged to take full participation in Trade Fairs and Exhibitions.

APM Terminal partners foundation to support truck drivers with free eye test, corrective glasses

APM Terminals in Kenya teamed up with nonprofit group, TwoBillionEyes Foundation, to provide vision improvement access to truck drivers at Great Lakes Ports Limited and economic opportunities for some of Kenya’s unemployed youth.

SIFAX Group appoints new Executive Director

Mariam Abiola Afolabi 

SIFAX Group, a multinational corporation with diverse interests in Maritime, Aviation, Haulage & Logistics, Oil & Gas and Hospitality, has appointed Mariam Abiola Afolabi as its new Group Executive Director, Compliance.

Ibadan Dry Port construction commences soon

Gov. Abiola Ajimobi(Left) receiving the OBC for the Ibadan Inland Dry port construction  from Mr. Hassan Bello, the executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers' Council.
The proposed $134 million Ibadan Inland Dry Port is set for construction soon as the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) has presented the Outline Business Case Compliance (OBC) certificate to the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi.

Maritime Domain: Why Nigeria needs robust security architecture--NIMENA

Engr. Henry Unuigbe, National Chairman, Nigerian Institute of Marine Engineers and Naval Architects

For a more secure maritime domain, Nigeria must step up its efforts in tackling piracy, kidnapping, hijacking, particularly in the Gulf of Guinea, which has been attracting global attention negatively.

Armed pirates kidnap four crew members off Congo

Four crew members of an unnamed Singapore-flagged tug/supply vessel were kidnapped on October 29, some 60 nautical miles south of the Republic of Congo, West Africa, Asian piracy watchdog ReCAAP informed.

NIWA to install cargo handling equipment at Baro River Port soon

The Managing Director of National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Senator, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora has directed that the contractor handling the installation of cargo handling equipment at the Baro River port  immediately move to site to commence work before the end of 2018.

NLC calls off strike as FG agrees to pay N30,000 minimum wage

Photo: Channels

The organised labour unions have called off the planned nationwide industrial action initially scheduled to commence today to press home workers’ demand for a new national minimum wage.

Council cuts shipping charges at Nigeria’s sea ports

The Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) on Monday said it has been able to reduce cost of doing business at the nation’s seaports by reducing shipping charges from 22 to five in the last few years.

NIMASA to equip MAN Oron to global standards

…As Academy graduates 325 marine engineers
From Right: Rep. of the Hon. Minister of Transportation, The Director Maritime Services, Umar Galadanchi, the Executive Director Operations NIMASA, Engr. Rotimi Fashakin, the Rector of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Commodore Duja Effedua and a Maritime Stakeholder at the 2018 passing out parade and graduating ceremony of the institution.

The Rector of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Commodore Duja Effedua, has announced that the Academy is partnering the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA to ensure that the training facilities in Oron are in line with internationally acceptable specifications to attain compliance with the International Convention on Standards of Training and Watch-keeping for Seafarers (STCW 1978) and as amended in 2010.

Firm to pay USD 3.2 Mn for pollution crimes

German shipping company, MST Mineralien Schiffahrt Spedition und Transport GmbH (MST), was sentenced and ordered to pay a USD 3.2 million criminal fine due to hiding oil pollution.

Dakuku calls China Maritime Silk Road, game changer for global transport

 …Counsels Africa on Risk Assessment of Chinese Initiative

Dr. Dakuku Peterside, DG NIMASA

The Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has said that the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), also known as the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-century Maritime Silk Road, would be a game changer for global transport and substantially affect the pattern of global commerce. 

Over a quarter of Sailors seeking help affected by piracy

More than a quarter of seafarers seeking crisis response are affected by piracy, according to data provided by Sailors’ Society.

Transportation Minister, Amaechi, inaugurates CRFFN's Governing Council

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has urged freight forwarders to get registered with the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria as only registered persons would be allowed  to do business in the seaports.

Environmental Pollution: NIMASA to enforce 0.5% sulphur limit on bunker fuel, says Dakuku

The Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside flanked by Maritime Stakeholders at the ongoing maritime week in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has stated that the Agency would enforce strict compliance to the International Maritime Organisation regulation which puts a maximum of 0.5%  sulphur cap  on all fuel used by vessels  by the year 2020.

NPA Photo News

Representative of the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Engr.  Tolulope Talabi (2nd right), the delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Nigeria, Dr. Marc Lucassen (left), the Director, Business Development, Deborah Egerue (2nd left) and the Assistant General Manager, Media, Event & Protocol (NPA), Ibrahim Nasiru (right), after a courtesy call at the NPA Corporate Headquarters, Marina, Lagos