Peterside congratulates Ondo Governor-elect, Akeredolu

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has congratulated Chief Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for winning the Ondo State governorship election.

‘Beware of scholarship scam’, NIMASA warns public

Dr. Dakuku Peterside, DG NIMASA

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) wants the general public to beware of fraudsters who pose online with claims that the agency has floated a scholarship programme tagged "NIMASA Scholarship 2016/2017."

Transportation Minister wants immediate implementation of report by National Carrier Committee

(File copy) Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi and Engr. Olu Akinsoji at an event
Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi has directed the Executive Secretary of Nigerian Shippers Council; Mr Hassan Bello to begin immediate implementation of the report of the committee on establishment of a national carrier.

‘Hydrography is key to well-managed seas, safe shipping’

Olumide Omotoso has vast experience working as a hydrographer with the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA). He talks on the  importance of hydrography in safe navigation, as it falls within the theme for the 2016 World Hydrographic Day ‘Hydrography: The Key to well-managed seas.’
In this exclusive interview with Marine Network, Omotoso ties the importance of well-managed seas to the sustainability of vital means of livelihood, especially for maritime nations.

Some key nuggets of economic policy as Nigeria struggles to survive recession

Dr. Olisa Agbakoba

By Olisa Agbakoba

I applaud the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria concerning the potentially transformational statement on the Foreign Exchange Policy. The impact of a single foreign exchange market will have the best possible outcome for the Nigerian economy.

Monarch calls on Federal Government to develop border communities

Oba Kehinde Olugbenle and the ACG, Eporwei Edike in Ilaro

Oba Kehinde Gbadewole Olugbenle, the Ashade Agunloye 4 of Yewa Land and the Paramount Ruler of Ilaro, has called on the Federal Government to develop border communities.

NIMASA to automate payment collection process

To eliminate revenue leakages and achieve greater efficiency, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has set to automate its payment collection processes, in line with its restructuring programme.

Faulty policies responsible for diversion of cargo from Nigeria—Shippers Association

Rev. Jonathan Nicol, President, Shippers Association of Lagos State

The diversion of cargoes from Nigeria to ports of neighbouring countries should be blamed on faulty import policies, the Shippers Association of Lagos State has said.

Class Society Gears Up for Subchapter M

After almost 12 years since the US Congress first recommended that the towing industry improve safety, the final Subchapter M rule has been released. Formally published on June 20 and will take effect July 20, imposing new compliance requirements for inspection and safety management.

IMO Audit Team scores NIMASA high on human resource, tasks agency on systems development

L-R: Alternate Permanent Representative of Nigeria to IMO, Mr. Dikko Bala, Member, International Maritime Organisation Member State Audit Scheme (IMSAS) Hakon Stohaug, Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Head, IMSAS team to Nigeria Captain Yalscin Cahit and another member, Wei Song during the submission of the preliminary audit report at the Head Office the Agency in Lagos.  

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has been scored high on its human resource, which has been adjudged competent and committed to duty.

Day of the Seafarer 2016

This year, IMO's Day of the Seafarer campaign wants to celebrate seafarers and let the world know how and why seafarers are indispensable to everyone.
The campaign theme this year is: "At Sea For All".

DG NIMASA congratulates Agency’s Head of Public Relations for ‘Evergreen PR Personality Award’

Hajia Lami Tumaka, Head Corporate Communication,NIMASA, receiving an award as the“Evergreen Public Relations Personality” in the maritime industry from Mr Felix Kumuyi, Editor-in-Chief, Transquest Media Group, at the 9thAnnual Transport Development Symposium/Lecture and Awards organized by the Group in Lagos.

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has congratulated the Agency’s Head of Corporate Communication, Hajia Lami Tumaka on her award as the “Evergreen Public Relations Personality” in the maritime industry by Transquest Media Group.

MV Infinity I Develops Crack, Starts Listing off Goa

The 1993-built asphalt/bitumen tanker MV Infinity I started taking on water and continuously listing to the starboard side on June 8 due to a crack in the ship’s hull.

Militants strike Chevron again, demand EPZ, Maritime University projects to be completed as condition for ceasefire

The militants in the Niger Delta have shunned the peace moves by the Federal Government, with the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) bombing another facility belonging to Chevron in Warri, Delta State.

World Oceans Day: NIMASA calls for Preservation of marine environment

The Lagos Lagoon polluted with plastic bottles

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has called on Nigerians especially those living in the coastal regions to protect the marine environment as it is critical to human existence.

Amaechi canvases use of inland waterways for mass transportation in Lagos

The Honourable Minister of Transportation, Mr  Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi has restated the readiness of the Ministry to partner with the Lagos State Government on better ways of utilising the inland waterways to improve transportation system in the state.

‘FG looks to take-off interests in river ports development’

Transportation Minister,  Mr Rotimi Amaechi

With concerns about the need to develop river ports in Nigeria, as a way of expanding the economic revenue sources other than oil and gas, the Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi in this interview, said that investors’ interests in the sub-sector had not been encouraging, for the fact that the business viability of river ports must be backed by interests from investors who will handle the take-off projects.
The minister also speaks on the proposed Memorandum of Understanding that is expected to establish a transport university, besides other industry matters.

Interview: National Single Window will prompt greater productivity in Nigeria’s port services—Nigerian Shippers’ Council

Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers' Council, Hassan Bello

The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Barrister Hassan Bello, in this interview, talks on the importance of a National Single Window Regime to promoting a more effective and transparent port services in Nigeria.
He also talks on the economic benefits of developing dry ports in the various geo-political regions of Nigeria, which will decrease shipping cost and enhance easy movement of cargos to their final destination, as well as servicing neighbouring landlocked countries.
Bello highlights the role of the Council in protecting both the shippers and the terminal operators, in a bid to create a balance that can make Nigerian ports attractive, in addition to other sundry issues.

Greek Port strikes hit cruise operators

(MarEx)Greek cruise ship operators are worried of a lasting impact on the sector from an ongoing strike by port workers protesting against the sale of the country's biggest port, Piraeus, to Chinese shipping giant COSCO.

Indigenous ship owner calls for review of seafarers’ training programme

Engr. Greg Ogbeifun
Engr.Greg Ogbeifun, an indigenous ship owner and President, Ship Owners Association of Nigeria (SOAN), has urged the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to review the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP) in order to achieve the goal of the programme.

NIMASA upholds commitment to vision of IMO’s audit

      The International Maritime Organisaion Member State Audit Scheme(IMSAS)team and some Nigerian officials

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has declared the Agency's support for the vision of International Maritime Organization Member State Audit Scheme (IMSAS) for Nigeria. 

NAGAFF tasks freight forwarders on integrity in declaration, vows to expose corrupt officers

The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders, NAGAFF, has warned practitioners against false declaration while clearing goods for clients.

Maritime Workers Union wants dockworkers’ pool

President General, Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria,  ComradeTony Nted
Concerned about  a sustainable welfare and job security for dockworkers, the President General of the Maritime Workers Union( MWUN) Mr Tony Nted, in this interview, calls for a return to the era of  ‘dockworkers’ pool’ which according to him ensured every worker got an opportunity to be engaged for jobs.

2014 US ferry passenger census released

More than 115 million passengers were carried on ferries in the United States and its territories in 2014, according to the US Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).

Onisiwo Island appreciates Integrated Oil & Gas for special ‘Children’s Day celebration

Children's Day celebration in Onisiwo Island, Lagos State

Onisiwo Island, host community to Integrated Oil and Gas Ltd new project,t has expressed appreciation to the company for giving its children a special celebration package to mark the 2016 Children’s Day in the community.

MWUN wants former Union President, Ukaumunna arrested over secretariat invasion

Mr Tony Nted, President General, Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria

The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) on Thursday called on the Federal Government and security operatives concerned with the ports operations to arrest a former President General of the Union, Mr  Uzoije Ukaumunna.

Understanding potential impacts of Marine Geo-engineering

A new GESAMP working group on marine geo-engineering held its first meeting at IMO Headquarters, London (23-25 May).

Maritime Advocacy Group faults EFCC Chairman on conviction of ex-NIMASA DG

Temisan Omatseye
The Maritime Advocacy Group has faulted the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu, on his statement with respect to the recent conviction of  Mr Temisan Omatseye, a former Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA.

Buhari to inaugurate Abuja-Kaduna railway service in July—Transportation Minister, Amaechi

Transportation Minister, Mr Rotimi Amaechi

The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, on Wednesday promised that President Muhammadu Buhari would inaugurate the completed Abuja-Kaduna rail line services next month.

Advice regarding verification of gross mass of packed containers before July 1 2016

An MSC circular on Advice to administrations, port state control authorities, companies, port terminals and masters regarding the SOLAS requirements for verified gross mass of packed containers has been agreed by the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), following discussion on the pending entry into force of the requirements in SOLAS regulations VI/2.4 to VI/2/6 on the verification of the gross mass of packed containers on 1 July 2016.

Industry Report: Hard times in port operations as cargo volumes drop, naira depreciates

 If port operations are determined and sustained by the volume of cargo coming through the ports, then the economics have to be done well and quickly too, to save Nigerian ports as the volume of cargo have kept reducing following unfriendly business environment.

President Buhari underscores importance of Economic Regulator in port reforms

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday stressed the importance of having the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, NSC, as the nation’s ports economic regulator, saying the council was appointed to enhance the efficiency, competitiveness and economic viability of the maritime sector.

NIMASA to undergo major reforms- Peterside

Director General  of  NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has said it would undertake major reforms in the next one year to boast its capacity to drive the growth and development of the Nigerian maritime industry.

Security breaches in Gulf of Guinea destructive to economic life lines—CNS, Vice Admiral Ibas

The Chief of Naval Staff(third from right) Vice Admiral Ibok Ette Ibas and other top Naval Officers on board NNS CENTENARY for the sea manoeuvre marking the Navy at 60 
The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Vice Admiral Ibok Ette Ibas has expressed concern that the security breaches around the Gulf of Guinea is directed at the economic life line of both littoral and landlocked states.

NIMASA restates commitment to capacity building

L-R: Rep of the Registrar,  CFRFFN, Ifeayin Joseph , Rep of DG NIMASA and Director Maritime Labour Services of the Agency, Mrs J.A Gunwa;  Engr. Greg Ogbeifun , President Shipowners Association of Nigeria (SOAN), Pioneer Rector of MAN Oron, Engr. Olu Akinsoji and  Former  Chairman Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority, Dr. Chris Asoluka During a programme on the youth and the future of the Nigerian Maritime Industry held in Lagos recently.

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has restated its commitment to the development of maritime capacity for the growth of the nation’s maritime sector.

Corporate Social Responsibility: Intels empowering communities

A beneficiary working at the garment-making centre in Onne

A facility tour of Intels and visit to one of its host communities,Ogu, Rivers,  have proven its Corporate Social Responsibility as a ‘diet’ for healthy relationships with people of its host communities, where erstwhile indigent women have become successful entrepreneurs making international-standard industrial coveralls and other garments.  

Peterside recommends robust partnership to grow Nigeria’s maritime sector

L-R; Director Administration and Personnel Services,NIMASA, Mr. Jibril Ibrahim; Director General, NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside; Norwegian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Rolf Ree, Director, Maritime Labour Services, Mrs. Juliana Gunwa; Head, Shipping Development, Mr. Akin Akinyosoye, and Head, Public Relations, Hajia Lami Tumaka when the Ambassador paid a courtesy visit to the Agency in Lagos.

Dr. Dakuku Peterside, the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has affirmed the need for vertical and horizontal partnership to grow the Nigerian maritime sector.

Interview: Gulf of Guinea security requires coordinated strategic approach, says American maritime security expert

Maritime security expert, Capt. Phillip Heyl

An American maritime security expert, Capt.Phillip Heyl, at a recent maritime conference held as part of the Nigerian Navy Diamond Anniversary celebration, called for stronger stakeholders’ collaboration as key strategy for getting solutions to the security challenges in the Gulf of Guinea.

Over 300 striking dockers facing Layoffs

Credit: SETC

(WMN) The Lisbon Port Operators Association, which represents the interests of the companies operating in the Lisbon port, has resorted to collective sacking of striking Lisbon dockers.

Buhari approves audit of maritime sector to check corruption

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the audit of the maritime sector to ascertain why it is not making the desired progress, a statement issued by the Ministry of Transportation on Thursday said.

This ‘Big Mama’ drives multi-billion dollar operations at Onne Port

Intel’s 600-tons Liebherr crane serves as a major infrastructure driving with ease, the vast majority of operations carried out by companies at the Oil and Gas Free Zone in Onne, Rivers State.   

‘NIWA remains committed to Lagos-Tema regional ferry services’

MD NIWA, Mr Danladi Ibrahim
The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has restated its commitment to starting a regional ferry service from Lagos, Nigeria to Tema in Ghana, since it disclosed plans of the proposed operation.

Gulf of Guinea Security: Gov Udom donates 2 gunboats to Nigerian Navy... as stakeholders seek collaboration to combat sea piracy

Gov. Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom, on Tuesday at the Naval Dockyard in Lagos, donated two gunboats to the Nigerian Navy to boost its anti- piracy operations.

NIMASA will protect CVFF from abuse, says DG NIMASA, Dr. Peterside

Dr. Dakuku Peterside, DG NIMASA

 The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has expressed the agency’s resolve to safeguard the Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF) from any abuse.

NIWA debunks allegation of registering fishing trawlers

Managing Director, NIWA, Mr Danladi Ibrahim
 The Management of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has debunked claims by the fisheries department of the Ministry of Agriculture that it had compelled some fishing trawlers to be registered by it before operating.

Enalamah underscores importance of infrastructure for industrial clusters

R-L: Facility Manager, Mr Alex Morrow; Hon. Minister, Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah; Managing Director OGFZA, Chief Victor Alabo, and Head of Administration & General Service, Mr Chibuisi Onyebueke, when the minister toured the facility as part of a two-day retreat by his ministry

A two-day retreat on May 20 and 21 in Onne Free Zone by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, to discuss and strategize on diversifying the Nigerian economy through SMEs development and industrialisation, underscored the importance of industrial clusters to valuable development of sectors of the economy.

Former DG NIMASA, Omatseye, appeals 5 years jail sentence judgment

Mr Temisan Omatseye, a former Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has appealed against a Federal High Court judgment sentencing him to five years imprisonment, on ground that justice had yet been established.

Onne Free Trade Zone: Intels’ huge investment driven by confidence in Nigeria’s economy-- MD, Free Zones Authority

R-L: Facility Manager, Mr Alex Morrow; Hon. Minister, Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah; Managing Director OGFZA, Chief Victor Alabo, and Head of Administration & General Service, Mr Chibuisi Onyebueke, when the minister toured the facility as part of a two-day retreat by his ministry

The Managing Director of the Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority, Chief Victor Alabo, in this interview, describes Intels’ huge investment in the Onne Free Trade Zone, among about 200 investors, as driven by its confidence in the Nigerian economy.

ill-fated ship, El Faro’s final inspection found no mechanical or structural issues

The final inspection of the ill-fated cargo ship, El Faro did not show any signs of mechanical or structural issues, the latest round of hearings held by the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation revealed, according to local media.

Retreat on growth of non-oil sector kicks off in Onne

Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah

A two-day ministerial retreat on how Nigeria can develop her non-oil sector for economic sustainability has kicked off on Friday at the newly-built Onne Multi Centre, Rivers State.

Midstream Discharge: Dangers and government efforts to stop the practice

The maritime sector in countries with large population and vast water bodies is seen as a cash cow, that is only second to the oil sector judging by the volume of trade and the accruing financial benefits to the government of such nations.

NIMASA to review maritime security strategy, says Peterside

Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is set to review its maritime security strategy to enhance its capacity to combat piracy and illegal activities on Nigerian waters, the Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside has disclosed.

Forecast: Maritime Industry will need almost 150,000 more seafarers by 2025

Image Courtesy: Offshore and Home Trade Seamen's Welfare Trust
(WMN)Unless seafarer training levels are increased significantly, the growth in demand for seafarers could generate a serious shortage in the total supply of officers as the latest five-year BIMCO/ICS Manpower Report forecasts that an additional 147,500 officers will be required by 2025 to service the world merchant fleet.