|President of SOAN, Engr. Greg Ogbeifun|
of Nigeria(SOAN) Mr Greg Ogbeifun, has called on investors to key into
available opportunities in Nigeria’s ship-breaking and recycling sector.
Speaking in an interview, Ogbeifun said
that prior to this time, wrecked ships were taken to foreign countries for
breaking and recycling, but that the cost of moving such wrecks had made it
scattered over the waterways of Nigeria.
considered a highly mechanized operation concentrated in industrialized
countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Italy.
their vessels to the scrap yards of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the
Philippines and Vietnam where payment, health and safety standards are minimal
and are desperate to work.
in Nigeria these vessels are left abandoned midstream and around waterfronts
within the country.
parts of the country makes it no longer profitable for ship-breaking and
recycling of steel,” he said.
some companies had started shipyard expansion to key into the sector, which has
potential for developing and giving the required service locally.
Engineering Ltd., operators of the Starzs Shipyard at Onne, have commenced
shipyard expansion that will incorporate ship-breaking.
partnership in terms of utilisation of the best available technology.
ship-breaking by some firms down south in Calabar.
for partnership in ship-breaking with Starzs Marine and Engineering Ltd at
Onne, Rivers State,” he said.
the sector, and with the readiness to build capacity in the use of required
technology, would open the sector for greater number of jobs for Nigerians.