Maritime Community clamps down on shipping of counterfeit goods

Representatives of the maritime industry have developed a set of best practices to reduce the volume of counterfeits shipped around the globe through checks on their customers and supply chains.

NLC suspends warning strike

Credit: NTA

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called off its nationwide strike.
This announcement was made on Sunday by the NLC President Ayuba Wabba.
He said the strike is being called off as a result of the firm and formal assurance of the Federal Government to reconvene the tripartite committee on the new minimum wage.

Port activities remain grounded as strike continues in day two

Apapa Port gate

Operations have remained shut at the seaports in Lagos as a result of the warning industrial action embarked on by the Nigeria Labour Congress.

UNCTAD: Trade wars a symptom of a deeper malaise

The world economy remains on shaky ground a decade after the 2008 financial crisis, with trade wars a symptom of a deeper malaise, according to UNCTAD’s Trade and Development Report 2018: Power, Platforms and the Free Trade Delusion.

Liberia: Owners need to know where compliant fuels will be available well ahead

With only 15 months to get ready for the 2020 sulphur cap, Liberia has called on the International Maritime Organization to help facilitate early reporting on the availability of compliant marine fuel.

EU Parliament supports tax exemption for ships using onshore power supply

The European Parliament’s Transport Committee has supported the removal of tax barriers for the uptake of shore-side electricity supply (OPS) in ports for ships at berth.

Mamora is new Managing Director NIWA

The Federal Government on Tuesday announced the appointment of Senator Olorunimbe Mamora as the new Managing Director, National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA).

Amaechi urges Union of African Shippers’ Council to proffer solutions to high freight rates

The  Honourable Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi(Right) and the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers' Council, BArrister HAssan Bello, at the sub-regional workshop organised by the the Nigerian Shippers' Council and the Union of African Shippers' Council in Abuja

The Honorable Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, on Tuesday charged the Union of African Shippers’ Council (UASC) to urgently review issues pertaining to high freight rates in the region and to proffer workable solutions.

Dakuku re-elected AAMA Chairman

…Says Africans deserve better share of world maritime trade
Dr. Dakuku Peterside
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has been re-elected the Chairman of the Association of African Maritime Administrations (AAMA) for another term.

NIMASA assures NSDP Cadets of sea-time training

…says 200 more  seafarers set for next set 
The cadets at the NIMASA gate on Monday
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has assured of the Agency’s commitment to ensuring that all beneficiaries of the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP) conclude their programme by getting the mandatory sea-time training.

Traders protest closure of Nigerians’ businesses in Ghana

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The National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS) Monday petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) over the alleged closure of over 400 businesses owned by Nigerians in Ghana.

NIMASA working with relevant security agencies to rescue crew on board hijacked vessel

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) on  Monday said it had commenced search and rescue operations for the abducted 12 crew members onboard MV GLARUS owned by ALLISON Shipping, which was hijacked off Bonny Island in Rivers State, to ensure that they are found and released unconditionally.

Report: Pirates kidnap 12 Crew off Nigeria

Twelve crew members of a Swiss bulk carrier MV Glarus were taken hostage while in Nigerian waters on September 22, Reuters reports citing a statement from the ship’s operator Massoel Shipping.

Bayelsa, SIFAX Group to collaborate on aviation, maritime development

: L-R: Godwin Konyefa, Managing Director, Bayelsa Properties & Investment Company; Mike Owope, Executive Director, Finance, SIFAX Group; Patience Ranami Abah, Director-General, Bayelsa Investment Promotion Agency (BIPA) and Ezekiel Ajewole, Executive Director & Senior Special Assistant to Dr. Taiwo Afolabi (MON), Group Executive Vice Chairman, SIFAX Group during the working visit of the Bayelsa State Government to SIFAX Group.

Bayelsa State Government is collaborating with SIFAX Group to develop the state’s aviation and maritime potentials.

Shippers’ Council sets for new policy on freight rate, begins sensitization of stakeholders

The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) is set to introduce a new policy on freight rate.
This was disclosed in Lagos by Otunba Seyi Oduntan, the Chairman, Sub-Committee on Freight, a statement from the Council reads.

VP Osinbajo visits flood victims in Delta, Anambra

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Thursday visited Asaba, the Delta State capital, for an assessment  of the damage caused by the flooding in Delta and Anambra States’ communities.

Buhari re-appoints Amaechi DG of his campaign organisation

Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed the Hon. Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, as the Secretary/Director General of his campaign organization for re-election in 2019.

ICPC advocates joint vessel inspection by maritime agencies

…As Dakuku says transparency, integrity crucial to maritime growth  

The DG NIMASA,  Dr. Dakuku Peterside (middle) presenting copies of the Agency’s in-house Voyage Magazine to the Director, Public Enlightenment and Spokesperson of the ICPC, Mrs. Rashidat Okoduwa, Mni, while the Director, Legal Services of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) Mr. Samuel Vongtau looks during a joint courtesy visit by the ICPC and NSC to the Management of NIMASA in Lagos.

The Acting Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Dr. Musa Usman Abubakar has stressed the need for all government agencies in the maritime sector to carry out joint inspection of vessels at the ports in order to fully actualize the Ease of Doing Business initiative of the Federal Government.

Customs' Strike Force seizes 11 trucks of foreign rice in South West Nigeria

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The Strike Force Unit of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Wednesday seized 11 trucks loaded with smuggled foreign parboiled rice in the South West.

Train crushes policeman, another to death in Lagos

A police Inspector, Philip Kolo, and a commercial motorcyclist were Wednesday morning crushed to death by a train.

UPS to team with tech firms for study on truck congestion

Dive Brief:
  • UPS will team with a handful of tech companies — including Microsoft, Accenture, City Tech Collaborative, and HERE Technologies — for a four-month study in Chicago on the role delivery trucks play in the city’s traffic congestion, and to find possible solutions, reports the Chicago Tribune

Armed pirates abduct two crew members from fishing trawler

Pirates armed with M16 rifles boarded the fishing trawler F/B Sri Dewi 1 while the vessel was underway off eastern Sabah, Malaysia, and abducted two Indonesian crew members on September 11, 2018.

NPA, Guangzhou Port Authority(GPA) sign MoU on efficient port operations

MD Nigeria Port Authority, Hadiza  Bala Usman (right) and the Deputy Director General, Guangzhou Port Authority, China Yue Yuan (left) during the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) on establishing sister Port relationship between the two ports at the 2018 IAPH Conference in Abuja.

The Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on behalf of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Guangzhou Port Authority, the largest comprehensive hub Port in Southern China have entered into a sister Port Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) concerning greater efficient port operations.

Port Concession Agreement review to be completed in 3 Months- NPA MD

His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR (2ndfrom left), the Chairman 2018 International Association for Ports and Harbours ((IAPH) Conference, and former Head of State, General Abdusalami Abubakar, RTD, (left), the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi (3rd from left), the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman (right) during the opening ceremony of the IAPH Conference and Exhibition in Abuja

The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, on Tuesday said that the review of the port concession agreement would be completed in the next three months.

Anambra Flooding: Schools shut in Ogbaru as distribution of relief materials commence

All primary, post primary and tertiary schools in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra have been temporarily closed down in reaction to the flood disaster in the area.

Improved port infrastructure pivotal to Africa’s economic growth – Buhari

The President of the Federal Republic Of Nigeria, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR (2nd from left), the Chairman 2018 International Association for Ports and Harbours ((IAPH) Conference, and former Head of State, General Abdusalami Abubakar, RTD, (left), the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi (3rd from left), the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman (right) during the opening ceremony of the IAPH Conference and Exhibition in Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has advocated the effective deployment of improved port infrastructure across all countries within the continent in order to maximize maritime potentials within the territory.

Nigerian Shippers’ Council, African Shippers’ Councils hold workshop on Port Concession

Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) and the Union of African Shippers’ Councils (UASC) will next week hold a two-day regional workshop on port concessioning in West and Central African region.

Report: VLCC superstructure slips into water at HHI’s Ulsan facility

A superstructure block of a very large crude carrier (VLCC) being built by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) slipped from a barge and sank on September 15, while underway in Ulsan waters, Yonhap reports.

IAPH: Buhari urges African countries to improve ports infrastructure

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has advised African countries to improve on ports infrastructure and utilise all natural maritime endowments to facilitate trade.

World's first hydrogen train rolls out in Germany

Commuters in Germany now have a chance to ride the world's first hydrogen train as the country moves to replace old diesel-powered engines. Instead of exhaust fumes, hydrogen trains produce only water.

Interview: Trade structure determines participation in shipping— Iheanacho, Nigerian Ship-owner

Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho, Chairman Genesis Worldwide Shipping, and his son Uche at the WISTA Nigeria 2018 Business Luncheon in Lagos recently.

Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho, an indigenous Ship-owner and Chairman of Genesis  Worldwide Shipping and other business concerns in the oil and gas industry, talks on how the opportunities to participle in shipping are determined by the structure of the nation’s trade and what it takes to address the challenges therein.

Dakuku upholds continental collaboration as key to maritime development

…IMO, AU partner AAMA as 4th conference commences in EGYPT

The Chairman of the Association of African Maritime Administrations AAMA, Dr Dakuku Peterside has restated the place of continental collaboration to grow the African maritime industry. 

Nigeria Customs collects N31.8 billion at Tin-Can Island Port

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Tin-can Island Port, Apapa Command, said it generated about N31.8 billion in August, against N28.6 billion earned in the corresponding period of 2017, a difference of N3.2 million.

Port Authorities join forces in climate action program

Port of Los Angeles
The port authorities of Hamburg, Barcelona, Antwerp, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Vancouver and Rotterdam are joining forces to fight global warming.

NPA Photo News

The Representative of the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), and General Manager, MD’s Office, Capt. Iheanacho Ebubeogu (left), the General Manager, Health, Safety
 and Environment (HSE), Yusuf Ahmed (2rd from left), the Assistant General Manager, Environment, NPA, Khadijat Sheidu-Shabi (2nd from right), the Resource Person from the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Dr. Chukwuemeka Sambo (3rd from right)and the Principal Manager, Environment, NPA, Engr. Yunusa Ibrahim(right) during the NPA organized Ballast Water Management Sensitization in Lagos.

SIFAX Group partners NGOs to train physically-challenged children

 Middle: Foluke Ademokun, Executive Coordinator, Ajoke Ayisat Afolabi Foundation (AAAF), the philanthropic arm of SIFAX Group and Tola Makinde, Creative Director, Mo Rainbow Foundation and others during the special arts and crafts session for children with down syndrome which was held recently and sponsored by SIFAX Group

SIFAX Group has partnered with two non-governmental organisations (NGOs), Initiative for National Growth and Mo Rainbow Foundation, to train physically-challenged children in Lagos.

Former Chairman Nigerian Economic Group, Foluso, leads speakers for Lagos Luxury Lifestyle Summit

… Event to showcase luxury experiences across Africa

L-R: Deji Ajomale - Mcword, Convener, African Sports Tourism Week; Funke Osae - Brown, Partner, Lagos Luxury Lifestyle Summit & Publisher Luxury Reporter and Tope Ogbeni - Awe, Partner, Lagos Luxury Lifestyle Summit & Chief Service Officer, Topcomm PR, at the Lagos Luxury Lifestyle Summit 2018 Press Conference.

A robust team of business and luxury goods experts will be making several presentations on luxury living and luxury items at the forth-coming Lagos luxury lifestyle Summit slated for Oct. 26 at the Lagos Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island.

WISTA Photo News: When women focused on sustainable opportunities for seafarers in Nigeria

L-R: Barrister (Mrs) Jean Chiazor Anishere, Former President WISTA Nigeria; Mrs Mary Madu Hamman, President, WISTA Nigeria, and Mrs Eunice Ezeoke, Vice-President of WISTA Nigeria at the 2018 WISTA Business Luncheon and Annual Magazine presentation held Thursday at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island Lagos.

WISTA to support Aguleri Women Fishing Group

… Honours MD NPA, Hadiza, as WISTA Personality of the Year

President, WISTA Nigeria, Mrs. Mary Madu Hamman

The Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) Nigeria has disclosed plans to support the Aguleri  Women Fishing Group in Anambra State.

100 Communities submerged in Niger- State Gov

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At least 100 communities in six local government areas of Niger State have been submerged by flood since the beginning of this year’s rainy season.

Nigerian Shippers’ Council to convert into National Transport Commission

Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, while briefing newsmen in Abuja

The Federal Government is set to have the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) become the National Transport Commission (NTC).

Regional Cooperation: Nigeria, S/Africa, Ghana, Kenya set for Maritime Pact

…As African Leaders Gather In Egypt for 4th AAMA Conference
…Partnership Key to Realizing Robust Economy – NIMASA DG

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has stressed that regional collaboration is key to developing Africa’s maritime sector, stating the Agency’s commitment to continue to reposition the Nigerian maritime sector in order to make it viable and compete favourably with its counterparts in other climes, as Nigeria, S/Africa, Ghana and Kenya get set for collaboration.

SIFAX Photo News: AAAF gives free medical care to community in 10th anniversary

Ajoke Ayisat Afolabi Foundation (AAAF), the philanthropic arm of SIFAX Group is celebrating its 10th anniversary. 

L-R: Mrs Monsurat Ahmed-Ogundipe, Health Education Officer, Alimosho LGA; Foluke Ademokun, Executive Coordinator, Ajoke Ayisat Afolabi Foundation; Mrs. Adejoke Oshodi-Olasunkanmi, Director, Non-Governmental Organisation, Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Lagos State and Mrs. Grace Alexander-Abimbola, Chief Executive Officer, Star Children Development Initiative during the free medical outreach for residents of Ijegun community in Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State as part of activities to commemorate AAAF’s 10th  anniversary.

FG negotiates $6b loan to complete Ibadan/Kano rail corridor

Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi

The Minister for Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said that the Federal Government is negotiating a six-billion dollar loan with the Chinese government to complete the Ibadan to Kano rail track.

NIMASA not responsible for detained seafarers – Chairman, National Seafarers Welfare Board

As Dakuku Says no Seafarers, no Shipping  
R-L: Executive Director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services of NIMASA, Mr. Gambo Ahmed receiving a report on the activities of the Seafarers from the Chairman, National Seafarers Welfare Board of Nigeria, Otunba Kunle Folarin, and Barrister Osuala Nwagbara, when the Board paid a courtesy visit to the Management of the Agency in Lagos.  

The Chairman of the National Seafarers Welfare Board of Nigeria (NSWBN), Otunba Kunle Folarin has stated that the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is not responsible for the detained seafarers, but rather has been of immense support and assistance in ensuring they have a better living condition in line with international best practices.

DP World vows to defend its rights as shareholder, concessionaire in Doraleh Container Terminal

Urges Investors globally to think twice about investing in Djibouti

DP World on Tuesday said it would continue to pursue all legal means to defend its rights as a shareholder and concessionaire in Doraleh Container Terminal SA (DCT) in the face of Djibouti's blatant disregard for the rule of law and respect for commercial contracts.

FG signs MoU with Japan on transport infrastructure investments

Hon. Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi,  with the   State Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan,  Tsukasa Akimoto, at the singing of the MoU  with the Federal Ministry of Transportation in Abuja.   
The Federal Ministry of Transportation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)with Japan for cooperation in promoting quality infrastructure investment and continuing cooperative relationship between Nigeria and Japan.

NPA seeks more rail coaches for ease of cargo movement

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has sought the provision of increased number of railway coaches to facilitate easy movement of cargoes in and out of the ports, linking the hinterlands.

LADOL terminates agreement with foreign partner over disagreement in FPSO Contract

Dr. Amy Jadesimi, MD LADOL
Logistics giant, LADOL, has terminated its agreement with its foreign partner, Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) in respect of the Egina Floating Production Storage Offloading (FPSO) in Lagos waters.

Warri Channel dredging contract followed due process--NPA

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has declared that it followed due process as guided by the Public Procurement Act in the award of a $44.861 USD (N16.150 billion) Warri Channel dredging contract to Dredging International Services Nigeria (DISN) Limited, a subsidiary of Dredging International Services (Cyprus) Limited.