Port of Melbourne lease approved

Australia’s Victorian Government has approved the lease of the Port of Melbourne to fund local transport infrastructure improvements.

Pipeline explosion kills 3 in Bayelsa

(Reuters) Three people were killed and several others wounded when an oil pipeline belonging to Italy’s ENI exploded during repair works in Nigeria’s southern delta region, an environmental group said on Tuesday.

Revisit Fish Terminal Project to save sector, create massive employment, association urges FG

Mrs Margaret Orakwusi, former President  NITOA
Fishing trawler owners in Nigeria have argued that a fish terminal will enable a steady development and growth of the sector to create massive employment and become an alternative revenue source for the economy.

6 ships arrive Lagos ports with petroleum products

Six ships laden with petrol, kerosene and aviation fuel have arrived at the Lagos ports and waiting to berth, the Nigerian Ports Authority(NPA) said on Wednesday in Lagos.

Association says over 10,000 jobs will be lost to closure of DTI cafes

 The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has expressed fears that over 10,000 jobs will be lost if and when the proposed closure of the DTI cafes takes effect in April.

Customs, Army further ties against insecurity

ACG Customs Zone 'A', Eporwei Edike presenting a plaque to the GOC, 81 DIV, Nigerian Army, Maj. Gen. Isidore Edet at his office on Victoria Island, Lagos 
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has further its collaborative relationship with the Nigerian Army in the continued fight against smuggling activities at border areas, to prevent entry of dangerous weapons into Nigeria.

Peterside pledges commitment to making Nigeria hub of maritime activities in Africa

Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside (Right)receiving handover notes from the former Ag. Director General, Mr. Haruna Baba Jauro at the HQ of the Agency in Lagos.

Dr. Dakuku Peterside, the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), has reiterated the Agency’s commitment to ensuring that Nigeria becomes the hub of maritime activities in Africa.

Terminal operator loses case against NPA at Federal High Court

Justice Saliu Saidu of Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, on Tuesday struck out a suit filed by Port and Terminal Operators Nigeria Limited (PTOL) against Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) and Attorney-General (AG) of the Federation.

Nigeria to promote multimodal transport system for global reach in trade

 Africa’s reach to global markets through trade and enterprises needs to be driven by seamless connectivity, observers have said.

5 ships arrive at Lagos ports with petrol as scarcity continues

Five ships laden with petrol have arrived at the ports in Lagos and waiting to berth, the Nigerian Ports Authority(NPA) said on Monday.

Council protests NPA’s N10,000 levy on trucks operating in ports

The National Council of Managing Directors of Customs Agents (NCMDCA) has protested against the N10, 000 levy imposed on truck owners operating in the ports by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).

Maritime Security: Why Philippines seafarers will demand higher pay coming to Gulf of Guinea, Nigeria

The recent pirate attacks around the Gulf of Guinea and in Nigeria’s territorial waters may have caused the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to resolve that its seafarers will henceforth demand higher pays when coming to the area.

What NIMASA must do now to remain relevant- Mariner

Rear Admiral Godwill Ombo(rtd.), the Deputy Secretary-General of the Society of Nigerian Mariners (SNM), weekend said the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety  Agency (NIMASA) must have its staff audit, to ensure effective service delivery.

10 ships arrive Lagos ports with petroleum products, general cargoes

 Ten ships laden with petrol, diesel, aviation fuel and general cargo have arrived at the Lagos ports and waiting to berth, the Nigerian Ports Authority(NPA) said on Friday in Lagos.

Ship-owner wants new DG NIMASA to concentrate on growing indigenous capacity for shipping development

Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho

 An indigenous Ship-owner, Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho, has urged the newly-appointed Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency(NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Perterside to dwell more on growing indigenous capacity for shipping.

Customs, licenced agents differ on trade facilitation

ACG Eporwei Edike being decorated by NAGAFF Founder, Chief  Boniface Aniebonam during the ACG's visit to the association

While licenced customs agents and brokers think that operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service have not done much in facilitating trade, the customs service on its part demands honest declaration to support trade facilitation efforts.

NPA assures BPE, Terminal Operators of maximum cooperation

L-R: Managing Director .Nigerian Ports Authority, Mallam Habib Abdullahi , Chairman House Committee on Privatization Hon. Ahmed Yerima  at visit of the House Committee on Privatization  to  the NPA Headquarters ,Marina Lagos   

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has promised to give maximum cooperation to the Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE) and Terminal Operators at the nation’s seaports in their efforts at enhancing the growth of Nigeria’s economy.

Dr. Peterside resumes duty as NIMASA DG

DG NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside
The new Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Adolphus Peterside has resumed office.

Customs seeks Navy assistance to block revenue leakages through sea smuggling activities

FOC, Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Onyekwere Osondo and ACG Zone A' of Customs, Eporwei Edike(both in middle) with their principal officers at the visit of the ACG to the FOC

The Nigeria Customs Service(NCS) on Tuesday sought for closer collaboration with the Nigerian Navy to enable it fight smuggling activities on the coastal waters to block more  areas  of revenue loss.

President Buhari leads National Security team to Equatorial Guinea for joint maritime security talks

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has on Monday led the National Security team to Malabo for talks with President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea on further measures to protect the people and resources of the Niger Delta and Gulf of Guinea.

Customs to phase out public DTI Cafes

ACG Eporwei Edike with President of ANLCA, Prince Olayiwola Shittu on arrival to the ANLCA Secretariat, Lagos 
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Thursday said it would phase out all public Direct Trade Input (DTI) Cafes being used by licensed agents by the  end of March.

Nigerian shipowner appointed member Commonwealth Enterprise Advisory Board

SOAN President, Engr. Greg Ogbeifun
Nigeria’s Shipping Mogul and President, Ship Owners Association of Nigeria (SOAN), Engr. Greg Ogbeifun has been appointed member of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC) Advisory Board.

Maritime lawyer seeks legal framework to combat pirate attacks, armed robbery at sea

Mike Igbokwe, SAN

Maritime Lawyer, Mike Igbokwe, SAN, wants a legal framework constituted to deal decisively with the criminal acts of pirate attacks on vessels and armed robbery at sea, with a view to reducing such attacks to the barest.

Peterside appointed as NIMASA DG

DG NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside
President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Dr. Warisenibo Dakuku Adolphus Peterside as the Director General/CEO of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

LNG production begins at Gorgon project

The offshore Gorgon Project in Western Australia has begun producing LNG, with the first shipment expected to be sent in the week starting March 14.

NAGAFF recalls suspended members

The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has lifted the suspension placed on some members.

CRFFN Registration: Council writes Presidency on Customs Brokers, Freight Forwarders’ divide

 President of the National Council of Managing Directors of Customs Agents (NCMDCA), Mr Lucky Amiwero has written to the Presidency to explain the difference between customs brokers and freight forwarders in their professional practice.

Nigeria restates commitment to safety standards in maritime

L-R: Nigeria’s Alternate Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organisation, Mr Dikko Bala; Head, Africa Section, Technical Cooperation Division, IMO, Mr Williams Azu; Hon. Minister of Transportation and Vice Chairman, Abuja MoU, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, (CFR) Secretary General, Abuja MoU, Mrs Mfon Ekong Usoro and the Ag Director General of NIMASA, Mr Haruna Baba Jauro at the opening ceremony of the Regional Training Course on Port State Control, in Lagos 
The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi has restated Nigeria’s commitment to ensure safety standards in the nation’s maritime sector.

Customs Service to support Nigerian Airforce in effecting quick release of consignments

ACG Zone 'A', Eporwei Edike(3rd right) and Air Commodore Garuba Yusuf( 3rd from left) in a group photograph with their key officers during the visit to the NAF Camp, Victoria Island

The Nigeria Customs Service and the Nigerian Airforce on Tuesday forged closer ties with a view to ensuring immediate attention to clearing procedures for any consignment meant for the Nigerian Airforce.

Nigeria is technically in recession with her 10% growth rate dramatically reduced to 3%-- Agbakoba

Dr. Olisa Agbakoba

Renowned Legal Practitioner and Human Rights Activist, Dr. Olisa Agbakoba has said that Nigeria’s economy is facing a recession in the face of dwindling oil revenue, and a challenged manufacturing sector plagued by funding gaps.

NPA to strengthen partnership with Kano Chamber of Commerce and Industry

L-R Managing Director ,NPA,  Habib Abdullahi and the President of Kano State Chamber of Commerce, Malam Umar Farouk  at the visit  of the later to the NPA HQ Marina Lagos

The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Malam Habib Abdullahi, has promised to maintain stronger ties with the Kano Chamber of Commerce and Industry by ensuring the posting of a staff of the organisation to man the office given to it recently by the Kano State Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture.

National Single Window Concept will improve Africa’s trade competitiveness by 50 %, says Valentina Mintah

CEO West Blue Consulting, Valentina Mintah

Trade competitiveness is key and must be driven by a system that ensures ease of the business processes; identifying and doing away with redundancies, duplication and bottlenecks.

NAGAFF, Police strengthen relationship in interest of trade

ACP , Area 'B', Julius Okoro with the Founder of NAGAFF, Chief Boniface Aniebonam at the NAGAFF village when the Area Commander paid a courtesy visit to the association

The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) and the Nigeria Police, Area ‘B’ Command, Apapa, have agreed to maintain cordial relationship to avoid unnecessary hindrance to trade.

Marine engineering body advocates need for improved standard in maritime sector

Mr Charles Uwadia, the President, Association of Marine Engineers and Surveyors (AMES) has called for the improvement of standard in the maritime sector in line with international standard.

10 ships arrive Lagos ports with petrol

Ten ships laden with petrol have arrived at the Lagos ports and waiting to berth, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has said on Thursday in Lagos.

China adopts first law on deep sea floor exploration

China has passed law on deep seafloor resource exploration for the first time in the country’s history.

ANLCA says it is not against registering with CRFFN

The President of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Alhaji Olayiwora Shitu has debunked insinuations that members of his body were not ready to register with the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN).

Transport ministry, marine engineering body to synergise for development of maritime sector-- Minister

Transportation Minister, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi

The Federal Ministry of Transportation says it will work closely with the Association of Marine Engineers and Surveyors (AMES) to uplift the maritime sector.