Iheanacho debunks media report on alleged opinion concerning proposed national carrier

Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho, Chairman Integrated Oil&Gas Ltd.

Maritime Expert, Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho, has debunked a media report credited to him alleging his condemnation of a proposed initiative by the minister of transportation to establish a national carrier for Nigeria.

Stakeholders call for integrated multi-modal transportation system to drive Nigeria’s economy

Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi

Stakeholders in the maritime transport sub-sector gathered on Thursday in Lagos to identify and address the sector’s challenges, and concluded that the nation needs a transport policy for an effective multi-modal transport system to drive the economy.

NIMASA wants inter-agency collaboration to fight piracy

…Agency’s 2016 budget targets strategic growth for maritime

Director General, NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside receiving a plaque from the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar when Peterside led NIMASA Management team on a working visit to the CAS in Abuja
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has called for the deployment of inter -Agency resources including the use of advanced technology to secure Nigeria’s maritime domain.

Single Window: Online payment system will quicken cargo clearance, says WestBlue

CEO West Blue Consulting, Valentina Mintah

The newly-introduced online payment system will facilitate faster clearance of cargo and lower cost of doing business at the ports in Ghana, West Blue Consulting, operator of Ghana’s National Single Window Project, has said.

Peterside wants military-led patrols of maritime domain to battle piracy in Gulf of Guinea

Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Director General of NIMASA and Vice Admiral Ibok Ete-Ibas, the Chief of the Naval Staff in a photograph with some Management staff of both institutions.
Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ete-Ibas,  and Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Director General of NIMASA,  during a visit of a delegation of NIMASA to the Naval HeadQuarters.

Dr. Dakuku Peterside, the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has reiterated his desire for a military -led patrol of the Nigeria maritime domain to curb the rising incidences of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.

Nigerian Navy Secondary School, Abeokuta celebrates 25 years

L-R:  Kunle Adeyemi, Tayo Balogun, Toba Olamilokun, Tope Ayeni, Owolabi Caxton-Martins, Sitting: Kunle Taiwo, Tope Ayeni, Mahmud Sulaimon and  Adebola Omolade Sobowale, all members of the NNSS Abeokuta School Old boys Association at a press conference in Lagos.
 Ex-boys of the Nigerian Navy Secondary School Abeokuta have concluded plans to celebrate the school’s 25 years of existence.

Integrated Oil & Gas 20,000 bpd Refinery Project kicks off 2017

Chairman of Integrated Oil&Gas Ltd., Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho

Management of the Integrated Oil & Gas Limited has said that its 20,000 bpd modular refinery located at Tomaro Island off the coast of Apapa Port Zone is on course and expected to come on stream by 2017.

Ministerial Committees to develop strategies for growth of Nigeria’s maritime industry

Transportation Minister, Mr Rotimi Amaechi and Engr. Olu Akinsoji at  a Maritime Technical Summit  in Lagos recently.

The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, on Monday set up two committees with specific responsibilities to develop key areas of the nation’s maritime industry.

Transportation Minister, Amaechi restates FG’s commitment to rail project

Transportation Minister, Mr Rotimi Amaechi

Transportation Minister, Mr Rotimi Ameachi on Monday restated the Federal Government’s commitment to the revitalisation of the railways as a crucial component of the nation’s transportation system for economy support.

NIWA Zone ‘B’ to sanitise dredging, inland waterways operations

Mr Istafanus Malwi, General Manager  NIWA Zone 'B'

The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) Zone ‘B’ will soon begin strict enforcement of regulations to ensure dredging operators’ compliance with best practices for the benefit of the environment.

Pirate Attacks: Captain, Engineer kidnapped off Nigeria

Two crew members of an offshore supply vessel were weekend kidnapped by pirates, while their ship was underway around 97 nautical miles South West of Brass, Nigeria.

NPA immunises employees against meningitis

L-R: Rep. Managing Director Glaxosmithkline Pharmaceutical Nig. Ltd. Dr. Omolabake Okunubi; Rep. Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority, Abdullahi Goje; and General Manager Medical Services, Dr. Chinwe Abama at the flag-off vaccination of all NPA employees against meningitis at the NPA corporate headquarters, Marina

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has embarked on an immunisation exercise for all its employees, in line with advice by the World Health Organisation to prevent the spread of meningitis in the West African countries.

Disengaged dockworkers to be paid N350,000 terminal benefits

NIMASA DG, Dr. Dakuku Peterside addressing protesting Dockworkers

Disengaged dockworkers at the ENL Terminal would now be paid N350,000 as their terminal benefits in line with the contents of the current bargaining agreements contained in the National Joint Industrial Council (NJIC) document.

Sierra Leone Maritime Administration seeks partnership with NIMASA on capacity building

Rep of NIMASA Director General, Mrs. Juliana Gunwa presenting a souvenir to the Chairman of the Board of Sierra Leone Maritime Administration (SLMA), Mr. Lansana Dambuya, with them is Head of Public Relations, NIMASA, Hajia Lami Tumaka ,during a working visit of the SLMA to NIMASA.

The Sierra-Leone Maritime Administration (SLMA) has solicited the support of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) in the areas of capacity building of its personnel for effective Port State Control and training of seafarers.

FG will not float National Carrier with CVFF--Amaechi

Transportation Minister, Hon.  Rotimi Amaechi
Pictures by Israel
The Minister of Transportation, Hon. Rotimi Ameachi on Thursday stated that the Federal Government was determined to float a new national shipping line with regards to developing the shipping sub-sector.

Engineering body wants holistic review of Nigeria’s human capacity development

Engr. Olayinka Okunade, Vice-President of AMES, welcoming The Transportation Minister, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, with them are Engr. Charles Uwadia, President of AMES and Engr. Emmanuel Ilori

Nigeria seeks support of classification societies to maintain standards for vessels operating on territorial waters

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Dr. Dakuku Peterside has reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to continue to set high standards for vessels and oil platforms operating within Nigeria’s territorial waters in line with the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS ’74).

NIMASA encourages collective responsibility in search and rescue operation

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has said that Search and Rescue (SAR) operation is a collective responsibility in the West and Central Africa Region and the entire global maritime scene.

Ports Authority inaugurates Public Procurement Committee

The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority, Mallam Habib Abdullahi has called for synergy among the departments of the Authority in projects implementation for the Authority could have values for its expenditure.

Importers have 90 days to clear SONCAP default goods as SON prepares to end EPCC system

The Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has said it would end the regime of electronic provision clearance certificate (EPCC) regime as a result of massive abuse by importers.

Inland waterways transportation: Creating efficient regulatory systems for optimal economic benefits

Lately, industry watchers and analysts have argued that Nigeria could make economic fortunes from inland waterways transportation just like America, with an efficient control system established to enable the Nigeria Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) function appropriately. 

NIMASA, MPA Singapore begin mutually-benefiting maritime relationship

Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside with the Chief Executive of Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore, Mr. Andrew Tan during their meeting on the sidelines of the Maritime Administrators' Forum in Singapore recently

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Maritime and Ports Authority of Singapore have held bilateral meetings to seek areas of collaboration between the two maritime regulators on the sidelines of the Maritime Regulators Forum held in Singapore.

Peterside supports multi-stakeholder approach in fighting piracy

Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has expressed his support for a multi-stakeholder method in tackling the rising cases of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.

Auction procedures now to involve other agencies of government—Nigeria Customs

ACG of Customs Zone 'A', Eporwei Edike
The Nigeria Customs Service auction procedures will henceforth involve other agencies of government including the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission(ICPC), the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC), the Nigeria Police, the National Assembly,  the Nigerian Ports Authority(NPA) and the Nigerian Shippers’ Council.

NIMASA wants improved Nigeria, Korea maritime relations

Dr. Dakuku Peterside and his Guest, Mr. Lee Younghoan

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has said there is need to strengthen the strategic partnership between Nigeria and the Republic of Korea in the maritime industry.

Competitive port services: Customs, Shippers’ Council make case for full automation

ACG of Customs Zone 'A' Eporwei Edike presenting a plaque to Barrister Hassan Bello, the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers' Council, at the ACG's visit to the Council on Friday in Lagos.

The Nigeria Customs Service(NCS) and the Nigerian Shippers’ Council have agreed that making the nation’s ports more efficient in service delivery requires full deployment of ICT and automated system for improvement.

Sierra Leone Maritime Administration to meet with Nigeria’s Shipping sector

Executives and members of ASA with the Hon. Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi at the association's event in Lagos recently

 A delegation of the members of the board of the Sierra Leone Maritime Administration will on Wednesday arrive Nigeria on a courtesy visit aimed at establishing alliances to boost the shipping interest of both countries.

NATIMS annoyed over seaports terminal operators’ comments during CGC’s tour of Lagos

The Nigerians Against Theft in the Maritime Sector (NATIMS) a non-governmental organisation (NGO), has expressed its disappointment over comments by certain seaports terminal operators in Lagos, South-West Nigeria against other operators outside Lagos when the Comptroller-General (CG) of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Colonel Hammed Ali (rtd), toured their facilities in the course of his recent visit to the NCS Zone ‘A’.

We are ready to to pay off protesting dockworkers---ENL Terminal

Operator of Terminals 'C' and 'D' of the Lagos Port Complex (LPC), Apapa, Lagos State, South-West Nigeria, ENL Consortium, has said that it is ready to pay off dockworkers who have elected to quit their jobs.

NIMASA DG, seeks collaboration with MARAN to move maritime industry forward

Dr. Dakuku Peterside, DG NIMASA

The Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency(NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has expressed  willingness  to partner the Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN) and other relevant stakeholders in his commitment toward a robust, efficient, responsive and qualitative maritime administration in the country.

Strike: NIMASA restates commitment to dockworkers’ welfare

DG NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside addressing striking dockworkers on Friday in Lagos.

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has assured striking dockworkers that the Agency remained committed to upholding the welfare of all dockworkers at the nation’s Seaports.

Kidnappings: Experts decline jobs to man automated ships in Nigeria, says Ship Owners

NISA President, Mr Aminu Umar

The recent increased rate of kidnapping of crew for ransom may have fueled a refusal by experts to take job offers in Nigeria for manning of automated ships.

NPA boss hopeful new Deep Seaports will be highly productive


Diversification in the ports and achieving of greater productivity can be done through the development of the new deep seaports in the country, the managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Mallam Habib Abdullahi has said.

NIWA issues ‘best practice’ guidelines for dredging operations in Lagos State

*To punish non-compliant operators

The National Inland Waterways Authority(NIWA) on Thursday said it would punish dredging operators who fail to comply with the best practice guidelines it issued, arising from a stakeholders meeting in Lagos. 

NISA laments losses in Nigeria’s shipping trade following increased pirate attacks …seeks asset deployment by Navy to combat crime

President of NISA (Middle) Mr Aminu Yusuf

The Nigerian Indigenous Shipowners Association (NISA) has bemoaned various losses in its trade following the increased pirates’ attacks on Nigerian waters, even as a fresh attack was launched against a tanker waiting to enter Agbami Terminal for loading on Wednesday.

Maritime Security: NIMASA appreciates EU plan to invest 20m Euros in Gulf of Guinea

Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Director General of NIMASA

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has welcomed plans by the European Union (EU) to invest over 20 million euros on maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea.

NPA MD blames cumbersome procedures, obsolete legal framework for inefficient clearance of goods

 L-R Executive Director ,Marine and Operations NPA ,Engr. David Omonibeke ,Managing Director ,Nigerian Ports Authority ,Habib Abdullahi ,World Bank Leader Mr Emmanuel Henrigoes, and Nigeria's Ambassador of the World Trade Organisation in Geneva ,Swizerland ,Ambassador David Adejuwon  at the Visit of the World Bank team to NPA Corporate Headquarters Marina.
The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Malam Habib Abdullahi has blamed cumbersome procedures and obsolete legal framework as part of factors militating against efficient cargo clearance in Nigerian ports.

World’s largest marine reserve proposed in French Polynesia

The communities of the Austral Islands in the South Pacific have presented a proposal 
to the government of French Polynesia to create the world’s largest marine reserve.

The islanders are proposing a fully protected marine reserve that would cover one million square kilometres.

25 ships expected at Lagos ports with petroleum products, general cargoes

Twenty-five ships laden with various products are expected to arrive at the Lagos ports from April 12 to April 27, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) said on Tuesday in Lagos.

6 crew kidnapped off Port Harcourt, as NIMASA pushes for early passage of anti-piracy law

Dr. Dakuku Peterside, DG of NIMASA
 A group of eight pirates attacked the Malta-flagged tanker MT Puli and kidnapped the vessel’s crew members some 118 nautical miles off Port Harcourt, Nigeria, OPS Clearwater confirmed to World Maritime News after reports on the attack emerged in Turkish media.

Transportation Minister, Amaechi, Jamodu, others for leadership road-map on transportation

Transportation Minister, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi

The Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi will on Thursday, April 28, lead a team of maritime and transport captains and icons to design a road-map for responsive and accountable leadership in the transport agencies and institutions in Nigeria at the forthcoming Transport Leadership Lecture.

NAGAFF blames regulatory agencies for influx of substandard, fake products into Nigeria

Founder of  NAGAFF, Chief Boniface Aniebonam

The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to address the issue of fake and substandard products flooding Nigerian markets.

Consultant makes case for EIA process in Lagos modular refinery project

credit: google images

Prof. Alhassan Muhammad, the Environmental Impact Assessment(EIA) Consultant to the Integrated Oil and Gas Ltd proposed Industrial Park Project, has said that it is difficult to dodge the process.

Market deregulation will end fuel scarcity, price galloping, says Capt. Iheanacho

Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho, Chairman, Integrated Oil&Gas Ltd.

Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho, the Chairman, Integrated Oil and Gas Ltd., has called for a deregulation of the fuel importation market as the sustainable solution to end the incessant fuel crisis facing Nigeria.

Operator urges FG to check sabotage in Oil and Gas Logistics sector

Col. Hammed Ali(Rtd.) inspecting works at the Snake Island vocation training centre

Mr Anwar Jarmakani, the Group Executive Chairman of Jagal, has appealed to the Federal Government to check monopoly and economic sabotage in the Oil and Gas Logistics and Supply Service sector in line with government’s vision for free and fair competition among investors.

Coy to pay US$750, 000 fine over illegal waste disposal

Doorae Shipping, a South Korean maritime operations company, has been sentenced by a Hawaiian court for illegally discharging bilge water from its vessel and for making false statements to the US Coast Guard.

Nigeria losing revenue to faulty port concession agreement, says Official

Engr. David Omonibeke, Executive Director, Marine and Operations, NPA

Assessing the port concession programme 10 years after its inception in Nigeria, the Executive Director, Marine and Operations, Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) Engr. David Omonibeke in an interview with some Maritime Correspondents, calls for a review of the concession agreement, revealing that Nigeria has lost over 200 million USD to the ‘move’ clause in the concession agreement with one of the terminals.
Omonibeke  also spoke on other industry issues….

30 ships expected at Lagos ports

Thirty ships laden with various products are expected to sail into the Lagos ports from April 8 to April 26, the Nigerian Ports Authority(NPA) said on Friday in Lagos.

Integrated Oil & Gas yet to start construction at proposed Industrial Park site-- Iheanacho

Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho, Chairman, Integrated Oil&Gas Ltd.

Chairman of Integrated Oil and Gas Ltd. Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho, has refuted the allegation of having started construction works at the Tomaro community, proposed site for the company’s industrial park.

NPA mulls strategy for full utilisation of Ikorodu lighter terminal

Managing Director NPA, Mallam HAbib Abdullahi(Left) and CGC, Col. Hammed Ali(rtd.)  
Developing a framework for effective utilisation of Ikorodu Lighter Terminal is essential, Mallam Habib Abdullahi, the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority(NPA) observed on Wednesday at the Ikorodu terminal.

We fully support industrial park project in our town—Onisiwo Island Community

Baale Lamina Akinsode(middle) and other members of the Onisiwo Community at the stakeholders' meeting in Apapa on Wednesday

The Onisiwo Island including its six riverine communities in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State, on Wednesday pledged its full support for a proposed industrial park project in its community by the Integrated Oil and Gas Ltd.

Indigenous ship owners in Nigeria lament oil price decline

Engr. Greg Ogbeifun, President, SOAN

The Ship Owners Association of Nigeria (SOAN) has lamented the effects of the sharp decline in price of crude oil in the international market.