Expert wants diving regulation enforcement in Nigeria

Mr Paul Stansfield, General Manager, Africa Diving Services

Mr Paul Stansfield, the General Manager, Africa Diving Services (ADS), has called on the government to ensure enforcement of diving regulations in Nigeria to boost the capacity.

Maritime Workers Union seeks involvement in sector’s management

Workers in the maritime industry have asked the regulatory agencies in the sector to always involve their union in stakeholders’ meeting to avert strife over welfare issues.

NIMASA DG orders rescue of crew abducted on Polish vessel

 The Acting Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Mr. Haruna Baba Jauro has directed that a rescue mission be embarked on to release the Captain and four crew members who were abducted from a Polish cargo vessel off Nigeria’s coast.

Transport Minister orders probe of stewardship of MAN, Oron Rector over fraud allegations

The Minister of Transport, Mr Rotimi Amaechi has ordered a detailed audit into the financial activities of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN) Oron, as being managed by the Rector of the academy, Mr Joshua Okpo.

ACG Zone 'A' commends Western Marine Command on maiden visit

The Assistant Comptroller-General of Customs in charge of Zone 'A', Mr Eporwei Edike, on his visit to the Western Marine Command recently, commended the command for its clean environment and decent appearance of the officers.
ACG Eporwei Edike(Right) Coordinator, Zone 'A' with Comptroller Umar Yusuf on arrival to the Command 

Edike took a tour of the various ongoing projects in the command and commended the passion of the Comptroller, Umar Yusuf, to carrying out his duty.

RCCG, Corporate firms, individuals for ‘Community Pillar Award’ in humanitarian services

The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Lagos Province 6 will among other organisations and individuals be honoured with the 2015 ‘Community Pillar Award’ for supporting communities with basic needs for daily living through various Community Social Responsibility Projects.

AU to generate 50% of Africa’s GDP from ocean resources--Official

The African Union (AU) says it plans  to generate 50 per cent of the continent’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by harnessing its ocean resources in furtherance of its “Agenda 2063.”

Customs parade 5 suspects, records 38 seizures valued N72.7m

CAC Western Marine Command, Yusuf Umar handing over the arrest report to the NSCDC Commandant, Lagos State, Mr Gabriel Abafi

The Western Marine Command of the Nigeria Customs Service on Thursday in Lagos paraded five foreign nationals suspected to be part of those dealing in smuggled petroleum products in Nigeria.

Chairman of drug law enforcement agency retires from service

The Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Ahmadu Giade has retired from the service of the agency after 10 years.

Freight forwarders seek movement of export seats to Lilypond Customs Command

ACG Eporwei Edike  with the CAC , Mrs Ronke Olubiyi at the Customs Command,
 Lilypond, listening to the freight forwarders
Freight forwarders operating at the Lilypond Terminal has requested that the Nigeria Customs Service move the export seats within the Lagos zone to Lilypond Command.

Customs intercept narcotics concealed in food items for export

ACG Eporwei Edike(Right) Zonal Coordinator, Zone A, at the Apapa Port with DC MalantaYusuf on inspection of some export containers with suspected consignments

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Tuesday intercepted 576 kg of narcotics concealed in 17 kegs of cooking oil meant for export through Apapa port, Lagos.

NIMASA shuts Obat Oil jetty over non-compliance with ISPS Code

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) on Tuesday closed Obat Oil and Petroleum Ltd., jetty at Ibafon for non-compliance with provisions of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code.

Association tasks freight forwarders on honest declaration

Dr Frank Ukor
Dr Frank Ukor, President, Association of Registered Freight Forwarders, Nigeria (ARFFN), has charged freight forwarders to be honest with their declaration for cargo clearance.

Navy signs MoUs with 29 private maritime security companies

Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas
 The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas said the Nigerian Navy has signed Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) with 29 Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSC) to bridge security gap.

9th Ships & Ports Essay Competition focuses on boosting indigenous shipping

 The 9th edition of the Annual Ships and Ports National Essay Competition has taken off, the Ships and Ports Communication Company said on Monday in Lagos.

Mariners invite transport minister on physical inspection of Lagos ports

Transport Minister, Mr Rotimi Amaechi
Two master mariners has advised the Minister of Transport, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, to visit the Lagos Ports on an–on-the-spot assessment of them.

37 ships to arrive Lagos ports with foods, petroleum products

Thirty seven ships laden with food items, petroleum products and general cargoes are expected to arrive at the Lagos ports from Nov. 23 to Dec. 18, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) said on Monday.

Electronic call-up system to sanitise truck/tanker movement takes off soon--coy

An electronic call-up system to sanitise the movement of trucks and tankers operating in the Lagos ports will take off soon, its initiators said on Monday.

Lawyer wants maritime plan reviewed to meet present demands

The Secretary of the African Shipowners Association, Ms Funmi Folorunsho, has called for a review of the plan driving the maritime industry to attain set goals for economic advancement.

Maritime lawyer advocates laws to promote indigenous, international shipping

Barrister Osuala Nwagbara
A maritime lawyer, Mr Osuala Nwagbara, has called on the Federal Government to enact laws that will promote both indigenous and international shipping.

Freight forwarder urges Amaechi to convene stakeholders’ summit

Ms Ada Akpunonu,  Vice-Chairman, ANLCA, Tin-Can Island Chapter
A freight forwarder, Ms Ada Akpunonu, has  urged the Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, to convene a stakeholders’ meeting to address challenges including the delays suffered in positioning containers for examination.

Freight forwarders bemoan impact of CBN’s FOREX restriction on imported items

 Chieftains of various freight forwarding associations on Friday bemoaned the impact of the CBN’s policy restricting Foreign Exchange (FOREX) transactions on 41 imported items.

Shippers group threatens court action over controversial cargo tracking note charges

The Shippers Association of Lagos State; including importers and exporters, have kicked against the payment of charges on the controversial advanced cargo tracking note recently introduced by the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC).

FG bans importation of ‘I pass my neighbour’ generators

 The Federal Government has banned the importation of small generators popularly called I pass my neighbour, used mostly by the masses.

Association inaugurates 40-member National Executive Council

Following the dissolution of its National Executive Council (NEC), the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has inaugurated a new 40- member Council that will pilot its affairs.

NPA moves to stop rickety trucks from port operations

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has constituted a surveillance team to ensure that trucks operating in the Lagos ports comply with the minimum safety standards. 

Customs Agents urge FG to abolish Cargo Tracking Note on imports

The National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents (NCMDLCA) on Tuesday told the Federal Government to abolish the Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) policy on imports to reduce port charges.

Beach Samaritans advocate community efforts to clean marine environment

Beach Samaritans on  beach-cleaning mission

``Beach Samaritans’’, an NGO, on Friday canvassed for joint efforts by the public and maritime operators to ensure cleanliness of the marine environment.

NPA charges operators to align with new business demands for growth

Managing Director of the NPA, Mallam Habib Abdullahi

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on Friday said some bonded warehouse owners must key into the new demands of their business to sustain the trade rather than complain.

Operating costs fall for a third year in a row

 Total annual operating costs in the shipping industry fell by an average of 0.8 per cent in 2014, according to Moore Stephens’ OpCost 2015.  This compares with the 0.3 per cent average fall in costs recorded for 2013.

APMT, others sack workers in Nigeria over drop in cargo traffic

The hard economic condition in the country has taken a toll on the shipping industry with terminal operators being forced to reduce their staff strength.

Customs generates N23.3 bn from Apapa port in October

The Apapa Area 1 Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) generated N23.3 billion as revenue in October, same as it recorded in September.

Mariner calls for improved security on Nigerian waterways

Capt. Peter Onwordi, a marine engineer and ship surveyor, has blamed insecurity on waterways for low shipping operations and commercial fishing in Nigeria.

NPA will not re-engage dock labour contractors after December 15 expiration—MD

The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Malam Habib Abdullahi, on Wednesday said it would not re-engage Dock Labour Contractors at the expiration of their contract on Dec. 15.

NPA agrees to settle outstanding salaries of dockworkers

 The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on Tuesday said it would settle all the outstanding arrears of wages of tally clerks and on-board security men (a unit of dockworkers) before Dec. 15.

Former Rivers State Gov, Amaechi is Transport Minister

Former governor of Rivers State, Mr Rotimi Amaechi was Wednesday named the Minister of Transport as President Muhammadu Buhari assigned offices to his newly-appointed ministers.

Expert wants ports access roads repairs priority

Capt. Dennis Osah, Former President NAMM

 Capt. Dennis Osah, a former President of the Nigerian Association of Master Mariners (NAMM) has urged the incoming Transport Minister to consider fixing the ports access roads as top priority.

Ex-naval chief makes case for revival of Nigerian National Shipping Line

Former Flag Officer Commanding, Naval Training, Rear Admiral Goodwill Ombo (rtd), has called for the revival of the defunct Nigerian National Shipping Line (NNSL).

Outgoing Area Controller urges Customs Officers on integrity, trade promotion

Outgoing CAC Apapa Area Command, Eporwei Edike addressing officers at the command
The outgoing Customs Area Controller, Apapa Area 1 Command, Mr Eporwei Edike, on Monday advised officers to maintain the integrity the command is known for, even as he leaves for a higher office.

NPA MD lauds LADOL on contributions to Nigeria’s maritime sector

L-R; Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Habib Abdullahi being conducted round LADOL Facility by MD of LADOL, Dr Amy Jadesimi

 The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority(NPA), Mallam Habib Abdullahi has commended the Management of Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base, LADOL, for its contributions to the Nigerian Maritime Industry.

Group applauds release of ‘trapped’ WHO medical consignment for IDPs

The Arewa Maritime Practitioners Association of Nigeria (AMPA) has commended the release from the Lagos port of five reefer containers bearing medications meant for internally-displaced persons (IDPs) in Northern Nigeria.

NAGAFF wants CGC to exercise restraint in sacking customs officers

*Laments increase in systemic corruption at ports
National Association of Registered Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has called on the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NAGAFF) to exercise restraint in the current reform in the Service that has led to compulsory retirement of many senior officers.

Dissenting voice hits STOAN as GNLD, ABTL want case against Shippers’ Council on shipping charges withdrawn

The Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN)‎ has been hit by dissenting voice of two of its strong members who have reportedly kicked against the case brought by the association against the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) on the issue of shipping charges.

Customs appoints 6 DCGs, 8 ACGs in acting capacity

The Comptroller-General of Customs, retired Col. Hameed Ali, has approved the appointment of six acting Deputy Comptrollers-General (DCGs) and eight Assistant Comptrollers-General (ACGs) in the on-going reorganisation of the service.

Expert wants freight forwarders to update practice knowledge

 Chief Lexzy Nwangwu, the President, African Freight Forwarders Association, has called on freight forwarders to boost their knowledge of the practice to match international standards.

Master mariner blames human error for sea accidents

President of NAMM, Capt. Saib Olopoenia

Capt. Saib Olopoenia, President of the Nigerian Association of Master Mariners (NAMM) has said most accidents at sea were due to human error.