China and India will consume a third of global oil trade

China and India will account for about 35 per cent of the global oil trade in the next ten to fifteen years, despite China’s commitment to increasing the use of clean power and renewable energy, said Newport Shipping Group.

Nigerian ports’ potential under-utilised, says expert


Capt. Fola Ojutalayo

 A Maritime expert, Capt. Fola Ojutalayo on Tuesday said Nigeria had yet to harness the potential of its ports due to some administrative challenges.

NIMASA tasks ship owners on abandoned wrecks

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has expressed concern about several wrecks abandoned by ship owners in spite of several Marine Notices.

Expert laments inactivity of Nigerian ship repair yards

Capt. Saib Olopoenia, the President of the Nigerian Association of Master Mariners (NAMM), has expressed concern that the few ship repair facilities in Nigeria had stopped operating.

Nigerian Ports: Challenges of attaining hub status

 The Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN) has invested not less than a billion (N168 billion) in a bid to improve seaport operations services in the country since the concessioning of the ports in 2006.

Association calls for review of customs duty valuation process

Mr Lucky Amiwero, President, NCMDLCA
 Mr Lucky Amiwero, President of the National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents (NCMDLCA) on Tuesday called for a review of customs duty valuation processes.

Operators bemoan traffic gridlock on Lagos ports’ access roads

Operators in the maritime industry have expressed concern about the perennial traffic gridlock along the port access roads in Apapa and Tin- Can Island.

Importers patronise neighbouring ports to evade duty, says STOAN

The Seaports Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN) on Monday said that some Nigerian importers patronised the neighbouring ports to evade duty.

Weekly review of Nigeria’s maritime activities

Activities in the maritime sector closed for the week with the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) announcing the arrival of 17 vessels laden with petroleum products to the Lagos ports.

NCS Seme Command warns against smuggling activities at border

Mohammed Ndalati, Controller, Seme Command
 The new controller of the Seme Border Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Mohammed Ndalati, on Friday declared zero tolerance for smuggling activities at the border area.

Customs agents withdraw from Maritime Advocacy Group

 The Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) on Friday announced that it had withdrawn membership of Maritime Advocacy and Action Group (MAAG).

17 ships laden with petroleum products arrive at Lagos ports

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) said on Friday that 17 ships laden with petroleum products had arrived at the Lagos ports.
The NPA disclosed this in its daily publication, the ‘Shipping Position’.

Maritime Workers Union suspends strike

Mr Adeyanju Adewale, National President, Dock workers Union, at Apapa port on Wednesday

Mr Francis Bunu, President of the Seafarers Group, during the strike at Apapa port.
The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has called off the strike action it embarked upon at the nation’s ports on Wednesday.

NPA commissions fire engines at Tin Can Island port

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has commissioned a  multipurpose fire service trucks and equipment at the Tin Can Island port.

Microbiology graduate, medical doctor, others win 2014 Ships & Ports Essay Competition

L-R: Winner, 8th Ships & Ports Annual National Essay Competition, Ojo Taiye; representative of the Executive Secretary/CEO, Nigerian Shippers' Council, Rebecca Adamu; representative of Controller, Apapa Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, Deputy Comptroller Umar Garba; Head, Corporate Affairs and Marketing of Sifax Group, Oliver Omajuwa and representative of Managing Director, Dangote Port Operations, Salami Bayo at the prize presentation ceremony of the 8th Ships & Ports Annual National Essay Competition in Apapa, Lagos.

Maritime media firm, Ships & Ports Communication Company on Tuesday announced the winners of the 8th edition of its annual National Essay Competition.

Port reforms: Committee, stakeholders seek system automation, improved human capacity

Full automation and improved human capacity were on Wednesday identified as key areas to be integrated for reforms of the Nigeria’s ports.

Customs reinstates First Bank for duty collection

CGC, Dikko Abdullahi
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) says it has reinstated First Bank of Nigeria Plc as one of the banks collecting Customs duty.

Court dismisses case against Shippers’ Council over shipping charges

A Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Wednesday dismissed the case brought against the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) by some of the terminal operators and shipping companies that were aggrieved over the reduction of shipping charges at the nation’s ports.

NIMASA vows to rid Nigeria’s maritime domain of pirates, kidnappers

L-R: Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA)Dr. Ziakede Patrick Akpobolokemi; Executive Director, Maritime Safety and Shipping Development, Capt. Ezekiel Bala Agaba and Commander, Maritime Guard Command, NIMASA Commodore Ebony Aneke at the World Press Conference in Lagos today. 

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) on Tuesday said it would fight piracy activities as well as kidnappings within the nation’s maritime domain.

Customs rates PAAR performance high as revenue swells

CAC Eporwei Edike
A performance appraisal of the Pre-Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR) by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) shows that the scheme has delivered value since it took off on Dec. 1, 2013.

Ports: Stakeholders Accuse Service Providers of Moves to Stifle Regulation

Shipping stakeholders have called on the federal government to consider quick intervention that will bring about intended efficiency in the ports system by empowering the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), which was appointed the Ports Economic Regulator with enough legal instrument and political will to carry out its assignment without blemish.

Tompolo, Ex-Militant, Acquires Seven Warships

Nigeria’s former militant leader, Mr. Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, has acquired seven decommissioned Norwegian warships.
Reports by a Norwegian newspaper, Dagbladet, said that the fast-speed Hauk-class guided missile boats had been re-armed with new weaponry.

Expert wants more truck terminals, holding bays at Nigerian ports

 The Chairman, Nigerian Ports Consultative Council, Chief Kunle Folarin, has decried dearth of holding bays for trucks due to the existence of commercial and residential structures near the port corridors.

Mariner calls for enforcement of law on wreck abandonment

Capt. Saib Olopoenia

Capt. Saib Olopoenia, the President of the Nigerian Association of Master Mariners (NAMM) has said that the non-implementation of the laws against wreck abandonment had left many wrecks in Nigerian waters.

Association tasks terminal operators on manpower, infrastructure development

Mr Fred Akokhia, the Deputy National President of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) on Wednesday urged terminal operators to develop manpower and infrastructure to improve on their services.

Congestion at US ports flows on to NZ

Peak season-induced congestion at the United States ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is having a knock-on effect on the New Zealand supply chain, with containerships arriving in out-of-window “bunches” at the Port of Auckland.

NIMASA Marine Guard Commander promoted

Commander, Maritime Guard Command, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Commodore Ebony Aneke being decorated with his new rank by the Chief of Logistics, Nigerian Navy, Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas and Representative of DG, NIMASA  Mr. Uche Nwokorie at the Naval Headquarters, Abuja recently.

Kano State Governor commends NPA over economic development

          L-R; Engr. Philipson Falade, representing the Managing Director of NPA, Mallam Habib Abdullahi, receiving an award on behalf of the Authority from Alh. Umar Dansuleka of the Kano Chamber of Commerce, at the Kano Trade Fair

Gov Rabiu Kwankwanso of Kano State has commended the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) for its continuous participation in the Kano International Trade Fair over the years.

Tin-Can Island Port Customs collects N22.3b revenue in November – Spokesperson

CGC, Abdullahi Dikko
The Tin-Can Island Port Command of the Nigeria Customs Service said on Monday in Lagos that it collected N22.3 billion revenue in November.

Confusion swamps Nigerian waters … As security service providers battle for supremacy off Lagos

The multi-million-dollar contract the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) signed with Global West Vessel Specialist Nigeria Limited (GWVSL), which granted the private concern an initial 10-year concession to manage the security of the Nigerian maritime domain may not have ceased to generate controversy, according to MARITIME MATTERS findings.

Cabotage: Expert tasks indigenous ship owners on cargo freights

Chief Kunle Folarin, the Chairman of the Nigerian Ports Consultative Council (PCC) on Friday urged indigenous ship owners to take advantage of cargo freights in the Cabotage regime.

Folarin said that ship owners should build oil and gas service base, terminals to develop oil and gas operations in the maritime sector.

SIFAX Group appreciates long- serving staff with gifts, cash awards

Mr Abayomi and wife, as he receives his  long- service award certificate

The SIFAX Group on Thursday honoured six members of staff who have served the company for upward of 10 years with various gift items and cash awards.
The award ceremony was held at the Rockview Hotel in Apapa, Lagos.

Expert urges freight forwarders on use of ICT in business development

Kingsley Ekweariri, Director, Breakbulk Africa

Mr Kingsley Ekweariri, the Director of Breakbulk Africa, has urged freight forwarders to make the best use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) to improve their businesses.

Association advises customs agents to adopt international best practices

Alhaji Olayiwola Shittu, National President ANCLA

Alhaji Olayiwola Shittu, the National President of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANCLA) on Monday advised freight forwarders to work in line with international best practices by networking.

FG says CRFFN to start collecting transaction fees soon

The Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) will soon commence collection of transaction fees on all consignments imported into the country.

NPA, NISA to partner for maritime industry development

Managing Director of NPA; Malam Habib Abdullahi and the NISA president, Capt. Dada Labinjo

The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Malam Habib Abdullahi, has said the NPA would partner with the Nigeria Ship-owners Association (NISA) for the development of the maritime sector.

MARAN inaugurates new executive Dec. 3

The newly-elected executive of the Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN) will be inaugurated on Wednesday December 3, 2014 in Lagos.

Container transportation: AMATO chairman calls for safety consciousness

Chief Remi Ogungbemi, Chairman of the Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO) has called on all parties involved in the haulage chain to consider safety first, to guide against incidences of falling containers.

Nigeria's Petroleum Minister, Dieziani, electef first female OPEC President-- NNPC

Nigeria’s Minister of Petroleum, Dieziani Alison-Madueke has been elected the first female president of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

1,405 vessels called at Nigerian ports in third quarter 2014

A total of 1,405 ocean-going vessels called at all Nigerian Ports as at third quarter 2014.
This was as against a total of 1,366 vessels that called at the same period in 2013 and  representing an increase of 2.9%, the Nigerian Ports Authority(NPA) said.

NIMASA to support NISA in indigenous shipping promotion

DG NIMASA, Ziakede Akpobolokemi
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency(NIMASA) has expressed willingness to work with the Nigeria Ship-owners Association(NISA) to actualise the provisions of the Cabotage Act  to help restore shipping services jobs to indigenous ship-owners.

Council says absence of master plan responsible for port city traffic gridlock

The absence of a master plan, and non-reservation of areas for possible port expansion, particularly not designating area five kilometres from the port as port corridors have been blamed for traffic congestion in Apapa.

Cargo movement: NPA to explore railway

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on Tuesday said it would explore the use of the railway in cargo movement across the country for port service efficiency.

Maritime expert says NIMASA capable of boosting shipping

 A maritime educationist, Dr Alex Okwuashi, has said that the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) could boost the shipping sub-sector through adequate financing.

Cargo Throughput rises by 12.5 per cent at Nigerian ports

Cargo Throughput at the Nigerian Ports showed an increase of 12.5 per cent as the port handled a total of 22,324,223 million metric tonnes as at the third quarter of 2014 as against 19,849,258 metric tonnes handled in 2013.

At NIMASA's organised seminar for Judges

L-R: Chief Judge, Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta, Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Mr Ziakede Patrick Akpobolokemi and the Executive Director, Maritime Labour, NIMASA, Barr. Calistus Obi  during the 6th Strategic Admiralty Law Seminar for Judges organized by the NIMASA in Lagos, recently.  

APMT, freight forwarders Agreement: Containers must be positioned within 48 hours of request

The recent agreement reached between freight forwarders and officials of APMT Limited provides that the terminal operator must position containers for examination within 48 hours after request has been made by the agents.

APM Terminals invests $1bn on expansion of Ghana port

APM Terminals has signed a $1 billion MoU to add four deep-water berths to the Ghanaian port of Tema, increasing capacity to 3.5 million TEU per annum.
The deal, agreed between the Government of Ghana and Joint Venture Company Meridian Port Services (MPS) – made up of APM Terminals, Bolloré Africa Logistics (a.k.a Meridian Port Holdings), Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) – includes the dredging of the port’s access channel as well as the aforementioned berths.

NPA to impound trucks parked on port access roads

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on Friday said it would impound trucks parked indiscriminately on the port access roads.
Mr Anas Nasir, the Port Manager, Apapa Port, who disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency Of Nigeria(NAN) in Lagos, said the ports authority would start towing such vehicles in the next one month.
He said the decision was necessitated by the unruly conduct of some truck drivers who had unjustly turned the roads to parks.

Maritime expert calls for priority attention for transport infrastructure development in Nigeria

Infrastructural development in the transport sector needs priority attention for growth and sustainability, the Rector of the Certified Institute of Shipping (CIS)Dr Alexandra Okwuashi, said on Thursday in Lagos.

Shipping Practitioner suggests monitoring of wreck removal

Mr  Alex Egenti, the Chief Executive Officer of Millennium Shipping and Marine Services Ltd., on Thursday suggested a proper monitoring of ongoing wreck removal project in the nation’s territorial waters.
Egenti made the suggestion in an interview in Lagos.
He said there should be proper monitoring of the wreck removal project to produce satisfactory works.

Expert calls for more dry docks in Nigeria

Source: Google Images

 Chief Kunle Folarin, the Chairman of the Nigerian Ports Consultative Council (PCC) on Thursday said the establishment of additional dry docks would boost the nation’s shipping industry.

Folarin stated this in an interview in Lagos.

Apapa Customs transfers containers to avoid port congestion

                                            CAC Eporwei Edike and ACG Victor Gbemudu with other officers during the commissioning of  an  ICT Centre at Apapa Command
The Apapa Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service(NCS) on Wednesday disclosed that it had transferred a number of containers form the Apapa port to smaller ports like Lillypond.
Comptroller Eporwei Edike, Controller in charge of the command, said that the initiative was to enable them clear container backlog that resulted from the strike action that was undertaken  by clearing agents.

Maritime Stakeholders urged to sustain tempo of Abuja accord

 The Associate Convenor of the Standing Conference of Mediation Advocates (SCMA), Barrister Valentino Buoro has commended maritime stakeholders for their joint meeting in Abuja on Tuesday where the public re-affirmation of support of the Nigerian Shippers Council as Commercial Regulator of the Maritime Industry was made.

Maritime Microfinance Bank to commence operation Dec. 1

Following approval granted it by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), a new financial institution, the Maritime Microfinance Bank will formally commence operation on Monday Dec. 1 2014.
The Maritime MFB is the first financial institution fully dedicated to servicing the maritime industry in Nigeria.

NIMASA at Oil Trading and Logistics Expo

Deputy Director/Head, Public Relations NIMASA, Isichei Osamgbi, (left) explaining a point to the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Down Stream, Hon. Dakuku Peterside (right) with the convener of the Oil Trading and Logistics expo Barr. Emeka Akabogu listening when Hon. Peterside visited the NIMASA stand at the expo recently. 

Nigeria’s Olugbade elected Chairman IMO London Convention

L-R: An officer of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) London Convention, Edward Kleverlaan; 1st Vice Chairman, Dr. Gi Hong; 2nd Vice Chairman, Betsy Valente; newly elected Chairman of the London Convention/London Protocol Governing bodies and Nigeria’s Alternate Permanent Representative at the IMO, Captain Ibrahim Olugbade; outgoing Chairman, Mrs Sue Milburn-Hopewood; officers in the IMO London Convention office, Jennifer Rate, and Frederick Haag, shortly after Olugbade’s election as Chairman of the convention at the IMO Headquarters in London Thursday 7th Novermber, 2014. 

Nigeria’s Alternate Permanent Representative (APR) to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), Captain Ibrahim Olugbade has been elected Chairman, Governing Bodies of the IMO London Convention and Protocol.

Importers’ Association joins in legal battle against Terminal Operators, Shipping Coys …Case adjourned to December 1

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday  adjourned a suit brought by the Association of Shipping Line Agencies (ASLA) against the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) till Dec. 1 for hearing.

Lagos Port Complex remains open for business, says MD NPA

MD, NPA, Malam Habib Abdullahi
The Management of Nigerian Ports Authority in a statement on Friday, assured all stakeholders that the blockage mounted at the complex by licensed customs agents in protest of contentious issues at the APM terminal had been removed and normal port business resumed.

ANCLA seeks inquiry into port activities, set to resist proposed levy by SON

ANLCA National President, Prince Shittu

The Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents(ANLCA) rising from a meeting by its national leadership, sought approval from the Presidency to set up a Judicial Commission of Inquiry on the activities going on at the port.

NPA, USA partner on port development

 The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA)and the Miami county in the state of Florida, United States of America(USA)have agreed to work together for the infrastructural development of Nigerian ports.
 The two parties met in Miami, United States on Nov. 10 to discuss areas of mutual interests in development of existing ports and proposed deep sea port projects of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

British Council, First Bank Nigeria, GenTalks Creative invest in Nigeria creative industry

 The British Council has partnered with First Bank of Nigeria Limited to launch GenTalks Creative, in association with Generational Voices (GenVoices) to stimulate youth participation in the articulation of practical growth strategies for Nigeria’s creative industries using digital platforms.

Nigeria yet to fully utilise commercial shipping potential, says expert

Engr. Alex Egenti, CEO, Millennium Shipping
The huge employment opportunity and other commercial viability that are bound in shipping still remain highly under-utilised, a shipping operator has said.

Engr. Alex Egenti, the Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer of Millennium Shipping, made the remark in an interview in Lagos.

We will not ban 'Tokunbo' cars, but give Nigerians better alternative--DG,NAC

Engr. Aminu Jalal, DG, NAC

Dealers in used vehicles popularly known as 'Tokunbo' in Nigeria, will be integrated into the implementation plan of the new automotive policy.
Engr. Aminu Jalal,  the Director-General of the National Automotive Council(NAC)  disclosed this on Wednesday in Lagos at a meeting with the Motor Dealers Association of Nigeria(MODAN).

Seme Customs Command collects N973m revenue in October

CAC Seme, Willy Egbudin

The Seme Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) collected the sum of N973.5 million in October, representing its highest monthly revenue in 2014.
This is contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos by the Command’s Spokesman, Mr Ernest Olottah.
The command recorded revenue of N963.7 million in September.