Dockworker's death in Lagos port second in 11 days at same terminal

President, Dockworkers Branch of MWUN, Adewale Adeyanju

The death of a dockworker, Mr Pius Ifah, on Wednesday at the Five Star Logistics Terminal, Tin-Can Island Port, Lagos, makes it a second incident recorded at the terminal in exactly 11 days.

NIMASA, Navy renew MoU to boost maritime security

Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, the Chief of the Naval Staff, presenting a plaque to Mr Haruna Baba Jauro, the Ag. Director General of NIMASA, when the NIMASA boss visited the Naval Head Quarters Abuja recently
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Nigerian Navy have resolved to deepen their collaboration inorder provide a safe and secure maritime environment for shipping activities.

Expert seeks adequate funding for ship building in Africa

A maritime expert, Mr Samuel Kame-Domguia, has called for adequate funding of ship building industry to drive Africa’s maritime business.

African Freight Forwarders Federation advocates trade opportunities to build capacity in maritime industry

President AFFF, Chief Lexzy Nwangwu
The African Federation of Freight Forwarders (AFFF) has advocated for trading opportunities for Africans to build their capacity in the sector.

NAGAFF to develop cargo village in Enugu

On-the-spot inspection and assessment of project development site

The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) is to develop a cargo village within the proposed East – Gate Enugu Airport City Development project to be anchored by NECI Land Development Corporation Limited.

NPA says reforms have improved port services

MD NPA, Malam Habib Abdullahi

Mr Habib Abdulahi, Managing Director of Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), has said that Nigerian ports have witnessed more efficient services and upsurge in cargo throughput because of the reforms in the sector.

Ship owners to evolve policy on maritime industry

President, African Shipowners Association, Mr Temisan Omatseye
The African Ship owners Association (ASA) on Monday said it would evolve a policy on how to drive the maritime industry in the continent.

Maritime workers to shut ports over unpaid salaries-Union

President General, MWUN, Tony Nted
The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria on Monday threatened to shut down seaports on Friday if the Nigerian Ports Authority failed to pay six months outstanding salary arrears to its members.

Maritime workers to picket terminals flouting safety rules

President, dockworkers branch, Mr Adewale Adeyanju
The Dockworkers Branch of the Maritime Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MWUN) on Monday gave terminal operators a 21-day ultimatum to comply with safety standards or the union would resort to picketing.

Boat Mishap: Lagos to intensify enforcement of guidelines for boat operators

 The Lagos State Government said it would embark on an aggressive campaign and enforcement of guidelines for commercial boat operators to reduce incidents of boat mishaps in the state.

Five dead, others missing in Lagos boat mishap

Photo credit: Google images
Five persons were on Saturday confirmed dead with five others missing after a boat accident along Lagos-Ikorodu waterways.

Port operator seeks collaboration between govt. agencies, freight forwarders

Mr Iju Nwabunike, former President of  CRFFN 
 Mr Iju Nwabunike, a former President of the Council for Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) has said freight forwarders were not getting the desired cooperation from government agencies.

Association suggests trucks’ relocation to parks as solution to Apapa gridlock

The Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO) has suggested that the relocation of trucks to their parks, garages or the trade fair complex would solve the perennial problem of gridlock.

Operator bemoams high cost of commercial fishing in Nigeria

Mrs Margaret Onyema-Orakwusi
Mrs Margaret Onyema-Orakwusi, a former President of the Nigerian Trawler Owners Association (NITOA), has attributed the high cost of commercial fishing in Nigeria to the absence of fishing terminals in the country.

Organisers say African Maritime Conference to address prospects, challenges of Cabotage

The African Shipowners Association (ASA) on Wednesday in Lagos said that the prospects and challenges of Cabotage would be discussed at its forthcoming African Maritime Conference.

Customs warns public against recruitment, auction scams

The Nigeria Customs Service has alerted its stakeholders that it is not presently recruiting and that auction of seized or overtime cargo remain suspended till further notice.

Navy pledges to support police fight maritime crimes

 The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice-Adm. Ibok-Ete Ibas, has pledged to support the police to tackle crimes in the maritime sector.

Customs training college must remain world class, says Comptroller General

The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) has expressed his determination to ensure that the Customs Staff College remains a World class training institution.

Dockworker dies at Tin-Can Island Port during vessel off-loading

A dockworker, 32-year-old Samson Oheha, from Delta State, died at the weekend after being hit by a paper reel during discharging efforts on a vessel at the Five Stars Logistics terminal.

NIMASA sacks 3 workers over irregular employment

Three employees of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) have been sacked over irregularities found in their employment process.

Master Mariners want rail, waterways development for container transportation

President of NAMM, Capt. Saib Olopoenia

The Nigerian Association of Master Mariners (NAMM) on Thursday called for the total development of the railway and waterways as alternative modes for container transportation.

Truck owners in Lagos suspend strike

The coalition of truck owners operating at the nation’s ports on Thursday said they had agreed to a tactical suspension of their ten days old strike.

Customs destroys 2,000 cartons of poultry products

CAC Western Marine Command, Yusuf Umar
The Western Marine Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Thursday destroyed over 2,000 cartons of smuggled poultry products.

Stakeholder urges LASG to lift restriction on truck movement

Mr Joseph Odiase

An importer and truck owner, Mr Joseph Odiase, on Thursday urged the Lagos State Government (LASG) to suspend its policy restricting the movement of container -laden trucks between 6.a.m. and 9 p.m.

Nigeria to host first international sea trade convention

 The International Sea Trade and Investment Convention (ISTI) Committee on Wednesday said that all was set for Nigeria to host its first International Sea Trade and Investment Convention.

Truck owners, govt. meeting ends in deadlock

The stakeholders meeting convened on Wednesday in Lagos to address the ongoing strike by truck operators ended in a stalemate, as no resolution was reached to end the strike.

Intels donates N11m toward charity works

Intels Nigeria Ltd., has donated N11 million for upkeep of children of Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF) and Hope House Initiative for Children with Special Needs.

Calls for maritime ministry not feasible, says Agbakoba

Dr Olisa Agbakoba, SAN

Dr Olisa Agbakoba, a human rights activist and maritime lawyer, on Tuesday said the calls on government to establish a maritime ministry might not be possible.

Cabotage act has no provision for local shipbuilding--expert

Engr. Greg Ogbeifun, President of SOAN

An expert in the maritime industry, Mr Greg Ogbeifun, on Tuesday faulted the Nigerian Cabotage Act for not providing ground to encourage ship-building locally.

Transport Ministry Reviews NIMASA Employment, promotions, placements

The Federal Ministry of Transport has commenced a review of employments, placements, and promotions embarked upon by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) since 2010.

ECOWAS Commission partners NADDC on regional auto policy

Engr. Aminu Jalal, DG NADDC

The ECOWAS Commission is partnering with the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) with a view to evolving a framework for the establishment of a regional automotive policy in West Africa.

Maritime industry down with non-implementation of policies, says NCS

Mrs Ify Anazonwu-Akerele, DG Nigerian Chamber of Shipping

The Director-General, Nigerian Chamber of Shipping, Ify Anazonwu-Akerele, on Monday said the greatest challenge of the maritime industry was non-implementation of policies.

Shippers Association decries govt. restriction of trucks movement to night

Rev. Jonathan Nicol, President of Shippers Association of Lagos State
The Shippers Association, Lagos State, on Monday said it was wrong for Lagos State Government to force the ports to function only at night by restricting truck movement to night time.

Mariner urges govt. to re-float National Shipping Line

A Mariner, Capt. Adewale Ishola, on Monday urged the Federal Government to re-establish the national shipping line for security reasons.

South-South Media Professionals pledge support for NIMASA

Ag Director General,NIMASA, M Haruna Baba Jauro (right), presenting a plaque to the Leader of the South South Media Professionals, Mr Asu Beks during a courtesy visit to the Agency recently.

The South-South Media Professionals have pledged their support to the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA to use the media to ensure that the core mandate of the Agency is enforced.

Truck drivers blame terminal operators for Ojuelegba container accident

A coalition of truck operators under the auspices of Joint Council of Seaport Truckers (JCOST) has blamed terminal operators for the recent truck accident that tilted off the Ojuelegba bridge last week killing three people.

E-SONCAP: NAGAFF advises importers, Freight forwarders

The need to observe simple trade regulations of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has been described as the only way to support the organisation in the efforts to ensure quality standard of imported products in the country.

My Mission Is to Reform, Restructure Customs for More Revenue, Says CG Ali

The new Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) has made it clear that his mandate is to carry out reforms and re-structure the service to enhance its capacity to generate more revenue.

Expert lauds ban on truck movement by day

 A Marine Engineer, Capt. Peter Onwordi, on Thursday said the ban on movement of trucks during the day within the Lagos metropolis was a welcome development.

Onwordi made the remark in an interview in Lagos.

Tally clerks must remain at ports, MWUN tells NPA

President General, MWUN, Mr Tony Nted

The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) on Thursday said that it would not accept any decision by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to replace tally clerks with cargo surveyors at the ports.

FG affirms continuity of Auto policy, says NADDC DG

DG NADDC, Engr. Aminu Jalal

Director General of National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), Engr. Aminu Jalal has affirmed the Federal Government’s commitment to the continuity of the Nigerian Auto Policy.

Frozen Poultry: Customs destroy 1,583 cartons, vow to cripple smuggling

Destruction of seized smuggled poultry products at the Western Marine Command
The Western Marine Command of the Nigeria Customs Service on Tuesday vowed to keep up the fight against smuggling of frozen poultry products, especially around Yekeme, near Badagry.

NIMASA partners British military on capacity building

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has expressed its readiness to partner with the British military in the area of human capacity building for the development of the Nigerian maritime sector.

Dockworkers accuse Nigerian Ports of disobeying tally clerks payment agreement … Claim some stevedoring companies lack ambulances

“As I am talking to you now, the tally clerks’ salaries have not been paid. We had earlier issued out a fourteen day ultimatum which has elapsed, but due to the promise of the NPA management and the involvement of the Ministry of Transport then, that was why we shelved our strike.

Mariner advocates increased marine research

Capt. Adewale Ishola

 A Mariner, Capt. Adewale Ishola has said Nigeria should improve on marine research in order to explore the hidden resources and economic benefits of the nation’s aquatic environment.

Kaduna dry port to handle 30, 000 containers annually, says operator

MD ICNL, Mr Ismail Yusuf

Mr Ismail Yusuf, the Managing Director, Inland Container Nigeria Ltd.(ICNL) on Wednesday said about 30,000 containers would be handled yearly by the Kaduna Inland Container Depot (ICD) when fully operational.

NPA launches electronic invoicing system to improve revenue collection at ports

Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has launched an additional electronic platform called Revenue Invoicing Management System (RIMS) and a self-service customer portal to enhance processes and block revenue leakage at the nation’s seaports.

Association assures members Cargo Tracking Note will not attract additional cost

The Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents ( ANLCA ) has assured its members that the planned Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) by the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) will not attract additional cost to importers.

Customs seizes N15 m frozen poultry products

The Nigeria Customs Service has recorded seizures of Frozen poultry products worth N14,611,500.00.
The record was made in the sixth and Seventh weeks of zero tolerance on importation of frozen
poultry products tagged “Operation Hawk Descend.”

Trailer falls off bridge in Lagos

Photo: Nairaland
A moving trailer fell off from the Ojuelegba bridge in Lagos at about 5 p.m on Wednesday.

Royal father commends Intels Group on CSR projects for community

A Royal Father in Rumuorianwo Community in Rivers , Chief George Amadi has commended the Intels Logistics Services Limited for its contributions to the development of numerous communities in the Niger Delta Area.

ICRC says 2nd Niger Bridge still on track

The Director-General, The Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), Mr Aminu Diko, has said that the construction of the long awaited 2nd Niger Bridge is still on course.

Chief of Naval Staff warns indigenous ship operators to desist from sabotage

The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Ibok Ekwe-Ibas, on Wednesday in Abuja warned indigenous ship operators to desist from acts that would constitute economic sabotage.

Ministry of Transport to verify NIMASA's projects

Ag. DG NIMASA, Haruna Baba Jauro
 The Federal Ministry of Transport has constituted a committee to carry out verification of all projects currently being executed by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

‎Apapa Customs Command generates N198.5 bn in 8 months

CAC Apapa Area Command Eporwei Edike

The Apapa Area 1 Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Tuesday said that it generated a total of N198.5 billion from January to August.

Maritime training academies must have training ships, says mariner

Capt. Adewale Ishola

A master mariner, Capt. Adewale Ishola, on has bemoaned the lack of training ships by maritime academies in Nigeria.

Capt. Omoteso dies at 72

One of Nigeria’s foremost master mariners, Capt. Solomon Abiodun Omoteso is dead.