Expert warns against purchase of scrap as ships

Capt. Peter Onwordi, the National Secretary, Nigerian Association of Marine Engineers and Surveyors has urged prospective shipowners to seek professional advice before purchasing ships.

NPA MD advises students on nation building, bags Oduduwa Students’ Award

L-R: President of  National Association of Oduduwa Students, Mr Adekunle Adeniyi presenting a merit award of NAOS to Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Ado Bayero at NPA headquarters in Lagos.
The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Malam Sanusi Lamido Ado Bayero, has advised Nigerian youths to champion the course of positive change in the society.

NPA confident of Eastern Port relevance to Nigeria’s maritime development

MD NPA, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Ado Bayero
Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Ado Bayero, the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on Monday expressed confidence of the relevance of the Eastern Port to the development of the nation’s maritime sector.

New Acting DG NIMASA resumes duty

Mr Haruna Baba Jauro, Acting Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA (Left) receiving handover notes from Barrister Calistus Nwabueze Obi, Executive Director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services at the Agency’s Head Office in Lagos.

Mr Haruna Baba Jauro on Monday formally took over from Mr Calistus Nwabueze Obi as the Acting Director General/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

Risk assessment critical to safety in water transportation, says NIWA

The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) on Friday said an assessment of the risks involved in water transportation remained critical to ensuring safety in its operations.

Indigenous Shipowner decries operational challenges, calls for Govt support

 An indigenous shipowner, Mr Osita Onumonu, has cried out over the challenges facing indigenous shipowners, which he said had made it difficult for them to partake in the coastal trade.

New squad to dismantle smuggling routes in South-West, says Customs

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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Thursday said that its new anti-smuggling squad ‘Hawk Descend’ would focus on dismantling the smugglers’ routes in the South-West Zone.

APM Terminals Apapa set new productivity record in Nigeria

Andrew Dawes, Managing Director, APM Terminals Apapa, Lagos, on Tuesday said the company had set a new productivity milestone for container terminals in Nigeria.

NIMASA appoints Acting DG

Ag. DG of NIMASA, Mr Calistus Obi
 The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) on Tuesday announced Mr Calistus Obi as the Acting Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of the agency.

Maritime Workers Union gives NPA July 30 ultimatum

President of MWUN, Mr Tony Nted
The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) on Tuesday gave the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) up till July 30 to meet its demands without which it would embark on a strike.

Nigeria bans 113 vessels from lifting crude oil and gas

President Muhammadu Buhari has banned 113 vessels from lifting crude oil and gas from 27 designated terminals in the country.

Intels redeems N1 billion commitment to East-West Road repair project

Integrated Logistics Limited Company (Intels) says it has fully paid up its contribution of one billion Naira (N1,000,000,000), being part of the three billion Naira (N3,000,000,000) needed for the repair of the collapsed six kilometre portion of the East/West road in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Nigeria fails to make top 10 world container ports list … Asia dominates top 50 list … Egypt, South Africa save Africa’s face

   An eloquent testimony that Nigeria’s ports reforms programme may not be the roaring success the Federal Government, and its agencies, notably the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), as well as the ports concessionaires tout it to be, could be the glaring fact that not a single Nigerian port posted at least 2.63 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in 2013 to earn a listing in the latest rankings released by the World Shipping Council.   

Operation “HAWK DESCEND” seizes frozen poultry products worth over N12m

CGC, Dikko Abdullahi

Frozen poultry products worth over N12 million was seized during the first week of operation “Hawk Descend” in the South Western axis of Nigeria – Benin border, the Nigeria Customs Service said on Thursday.

Buhari sacks NIMASA DG, Akpobolokemi ... Dissolves Governing Boards of Federal parastatals, agencies, institutions

Dr Ziakede Akpobolokemi

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday sacked Dr Ziakede Patrick Akpobolokemi as the Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria's apex maritime regulatory agency, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

Royal Bank of Scotland pulls out of Greek shipping market

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is planning to close down its office in Greece and to put its US$5 billion shipping loan portfolio for sale as part of its plan to cut non-core activities and focus on domestic market, according to Reuters.

Shipowners association decries foreign operators’ dominance of Nigeria’s coastal trade

The Nigeria Indigenous Shipowners Association (NISA) on Tuesday lamented the continued dominance of the coastal trade in spite of the provisions of the Cabotage Act.

Shipping will require additional 42,500 officers in five years

Shipping will require an additional 42,500 officers by the end of 2019 to cope with the expected growth in the main cargo carrying fleet, equivalent to 7 percent growth over the five year period. But the persistent shortage of officer crew is receding, according to the latest Manning Report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.

Finnish company’s garbage reducing invention

A new briquetting technology by the Finnish company Evac could see a reduction in ships’ garbage volume by a factor of ten.

FG declares Kaduna ICD port of origin, final destination

The Federal Government has declared the Kaduna Inland Container Depot (ICD) as port of origin and final destination by the government.

TUI cruises obtains financing for its newbuildings

The German cruise operator, TUI Cruises, has secured financing from German banking consortium led by KfW IPEX-Bank for its order for two new ships from the Finnish yard Meyer Turku shipyard, the Maritime Trade Intelligence reports.

MD NPA calls for repositioning of maritime potentials as alternative revenue source

L-R: AGM Commercial Services & Port Promotion, Mr. Bassey Jonah ; AGM Public Affairs, Mr. Musa Iliya, Executive Director;Marine & Operations, Engr. David Omonibeke and Managing Director NPA, AlhajiSanusi Lamido Ado Bayero at the NIMAREX exhibition

L-R: Managing Director NPA, AlhajiSanusiLamido Ado Bayero receiving and appreciation award from Prince AyorindeAdedoyin, Chairman NIMAREX Planning Committee

The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Ado Bayero has urged stakeholders in the nation’s maritime industry to collectively strive to reposition its maritime potentials as a formidable alternative to oil and gas in terms of revenue generation.

APM Terminals invests N80 billion on expansion in 9 years, says Country manager

Country Manager, APM Terminals Nigeria, Mr David Skov

The Country Manager, APM Terminals Nigeria, Mr David Skov, on Wednesday said the company had invested not less than $350 million (N80.5 billion) in yard expansion since port concession commenced in 2006.

Indigenous ship owners yet to take charge of Cabotage, says maritime lawyer


A maritime lawyer, Mrs Oritsematosan Edodo-Emore, on Wednesday said indigenous investors in Nigeria’s coastal trade had yet to take charge of the Cabotage Act since enactment in 2003.

Experts Push for Manpower Devt, Professionalism in Shipping Sector

Experts in the maritime industry on Tuesday at the fifth edition of the Nigeria Maritime Expo(NIMAREX) said development and growth of the sector will depend on capacity building and professionalism.

Customs declares war on smuggling of Poultry Products, launches Operation ‘Hawk Descend’

CGC, Dikko Abdullahi

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has declared war against smuggling of poultry products with the launch of a special unit for this purpose code-named ‘Hawk Descend’.

Dockworkers threaten to shut Nigeria’s ports over unpaid salary arrears

National President of the MWUN, Mr Tony Nted

                                President, Dockworkers Union of MWUN, Mr Adewale Adeyanju and other union members during the 2014 strike action in Apapa port 

Members of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) have threatened to shut the nation’s ports over unpaid salary arrears.

NIMAREX 2015: Ports Regulator tasks FG on Maritime Industry development

The nation’s ports regulator, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) on Monday urged the federal government to pay special attention to the development of the maritime industry.

Nigerian Shippers’ Council works towards quick cargo clearance at ports

Executive Secretary, NSC, Hassan Bello

The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) has intensified efforts to ensure that quick cargo clearance is achieved at the nation’s ports as early as possible, once the freight forwarder has lodged his entry for the process.

NIWA to collaborate with states to boost inland waterways operations

R-L: Barrister Danladi Ibrahim, the Acting Managing Director, NIWA; Mr Femi Ajishafe, General Manager, Research, Planning and Environment and Mr Mu'Azu Sambo, Lagos Area Manager, NIWA at the news conference in Lagos.

The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) on Thursday said it would henceforth collaborate with the riverine states to maintain efficient inland waterways services in the country.

NPA urges contractors to expedite action on port access roads rehabilitation

L-R: Port Manager TCIP, Mr. Babatunde Longe; Executive Director  Marine&Operations NPA , Engr. David Omonibeke; Managing Director  Nigerian Ports Authority , Alhaji Sanusi Ado Bayero; Executive Director  Engineering &Technical Services NPA , Engr. Mohammed Saleh; General Manager  Special Duties, Mrs. Carolyn Ufere 

L-R: Executive Director  Engineering &Technical Services , Engr. Mohammed Saleh; Managing Director  NPA, Sanusi Ado Bayero and MD Lagos Channel Management (LCM),Danny Fuch.

The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Ado Bayero, has urged the contractors handling the rehabilitation work at the Tin Can Island access road to expedite action on the construction work currently ongoing to ease traffic in and out of the Ports.
 Ado Bayero stated this while on inspection of the project at the Tin Can Island Port, Apapa on Wednesday.                                                                                                               

Customs refutes lifting ban on furniture importation

CGC, Dikko Abdullahi

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS)has refuted media reports that the Federal Government had lifted the ban on the importation of furniture items into the country.

Maritime operator faults collection of Wharf Landing Fee, calls for review

Olikuntuyi making a point
A maritime stakeholder and Chief Executive Officer of ADLAD Group of Companies, Prince Aderemei Olikuntuyi has condemned the continuous collection of Wharf Landing Fees by the Apapa Local Government on roads leading into the port.