Report: Despite automation, qualified transport workers still needed in the future

The introduction of automation in global transport will be evolutionary, rather than revolutionary and despite high levels of automation, qualified human resources with the right skill sets will still be needed in the foreseeable future, a new report produced by the World Maritime University finds.

Iheanacho seeks funding support for local refineries

Captain Emmanuel Iheanacho
Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho, the Chairman of Integrated Oil and Gas Limited and promoter of Eko Refinery and Petrochemical Company, has appealed to the Federal Government to support local refiners with sovereign guarantees loans for the completion of their modular refineries.

Customs generates N3.1t In three years — Official

The Nigeria Customs Service said it generated about N3.1 trillion revenue for the country in the last three years.

ReCAAP: Piracy and armed robbery incidents lowest in a decade

There was a total of 76 incidents of piracy and armed robbery reported in Asia between January and December 2018, ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC) said in its annual report.

Port users excited on reconstruction of Apapa Wharf road

The reconstruction of the Apapa Wharf road and its subsequent put to use on Tuesday, attracted some responses from port users, who said it’s a relief to them.

SOAN President, Greg Ogbeifun, loses Mum at 100 years

Deaconess (Mrs.) Cecilia Izogie Ogbeifun (Nee Osemwegie) 

The Matriarch of the Ogbeifun family of Benin City, Edo State, Deaconess (Mrs.) Cecilia Izogie Ogbeifun (Nee Osemwegie) has passed on to glory at the age of 100 years.

SIFAX Photo News

L-R: Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, Oluwo of Iwo; Mr. Bala Yesufu, Corporate and Government Affairs Director, Cadbury West Africa; Dr. Taiwo Afolabi (MON), Group Executive Vice Chairman, SIFAX Group and Oba Saheed Elegushi of Ikate Land at the New Year party organized by the SIFAX Group boss at his residence in Ikoyi recently.

Report: Intermodal rail growth drives warehouse construction near hubs

Dive Brief:
  • Cities like Atlanta, Chicago and Dallas are experiencing growth in industrial real estate construction stoked by the rising role of inland rail hubs near those cities, according to a recent report from JLL Research.

Photo News: NIMASA Merit Awards

L-R: Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, former, Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, Winner of NIMASA Staff of the Year, Mr. Abraham Iseghohi and theDirector General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside at the NIMASA Corporate Dinner and Merit Awards held at Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos.

FG repositioning Maritime Industry to boost Nigeria’s economy -SGF

…Our Stakeholders, Our Source of Pride, says Dakuku 

L-R: Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, His Highness, the Emir of Kano, Mallam Sanusi Lamido, His Imperial Majesty, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi at the NIMASA Corporate Dinner and Merit Awards held at Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos.
…As Shipping Agencies Bag NIMASA Maritime Achievement Awards 

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha has said that the Federal Government has successfully worked hard through the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to reposition the Nigerian maritime industry for the nation’s economic growth. 

Fishing Vessel capsizes, claims three lives

The Coast Guard is investigating the capsizing of the commercial fishing vessel Mary B II, which led to the death of three fishermen at the entrance of Yaquina Bay in Newport, Oregon.

Maritime Sector Growth: Dangote, Sifax Boss commend NIMASA’s fresh initiative

The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, and the Group Executive Vice Chairman of SIFAX Group, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, on Friday joined other stakeholders in the Nigerian maritime sector to hail fresh initiatives by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) towards realisation of a robust maritime industry.

Maritime Sector capable of yielding huge revenue for Nigeria – Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar

…As Dakuku ascribes successes recorded to stakeholders cooperation

Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar(Rtd.) Former President of Nigeria 

A former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar(Rtd), has said that it is high time alternative sources of revenue were developed for the nation, observing that the maritime sector is well positioned to do so. 

Robbers attack two Tankers off Lagos

Armed robbers attacked two tankers off the coast of Nigeria on January 7, according to data provided by IMB Piracy Reporting Centre.

Freight derivative trade volumes rise in 2018

The overall volume of Forward Freight Agreement (FFA) trades increased in 2018, according to data compiled by the Baltic Exchange.

MSC: 1,220 tons of debris collected in MSC Zoe cleanup operation

Swiss-based Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) said that significant progress has been made in the clean-up operation of the debris originating from containers that fell from MSC Zoe on January 2 during heavy weather.

Lagferry plans 25% increase in water transportation usability in Lagos

… To deploy six commercial ferries, one car barge, cover new routes
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The Lagos Ferry Services Company, also known as Lagferry, has unveiled its master plan for full commercial ferry services in the State, with projections to increase by 25 per cent, the usability of water transportation by residents.

Abubakar, SGF, Amaechi lead Stakeholders to NIMASA Maritime Awards

 …Dangote, Otedola, Sanusi, Ooni, Others to Attend

A former Head of State, General Abdulsalam Abubakar (rtd), Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, and the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, will be leading other stakeholders to the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Maritime Awards scheduled to take place on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos by 6pm. 

Amaechi was represented out of context in cut and paste style, Semenitari reacts to audio tape

Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, a former Commissioner in Rivers State when the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi served as governor, has reacted to an audio recording making the rounds that the minister had spoken against President Muhammadu Buhari.

Customs Officer dies in battle over smuggled rice

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The Nigerian Customs Service has lost one of its officers in an anti-smuggling operation involving eight vehicles loaded with rice.

Cargo Ship sinks in Black Sea, two Crew confirmed dead

Two seafarers have lost their lives, while four others are missing after a cargo ship sank in the Black Sea, according to the Turkish Coast Guard.

Spotlight: Capt. Olayiwola gets Master Mariners’ Membership Certificate

A certificate of membership from the Nigerian Association of Master Mariners (NAMM) is a seal of recognition and authorisation for practice as a professional master mariner.

Capt. Ibikunle Olayiwola

When the NAMM presented that certificate to Capt. Ibikunle Olayiwola recently, it brought him a greater sense of fulfillment to be so recognised in his home country.

Bulker refloated after grounding in Mississippi River

The Mississippi River has reopened to vessel traffic following the refloating of a UK-flagged bulk carrier which grounded near New Orleans on Friday.

Key things to do to prevent stroke

Credit: Stroke Association

By Dr. Bertha Ekeh

LifeStyle Modification--  

Modification of lifestyle is a basic important factor to consider in issues of stroke.

Stroke can be prevented by doing the following:

1. Diet and exercise
2. Weight Reduction
3. Reduce Salt intake
4. Reduce Alcohol intake
5. Blood pressure, Sugar, Lipids control

Nigeria Customs revenue hits N1.2 trillion in 2018

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Friday announced that it collected a total of N1,202,271,240,478.30 as revenue in 2018.

Master Mariners demand appointment of maritime adviser for President Buhari

President, Nigerian Association of Master Mariners(NAMM), Capt. Tajudeen Alao(right) presenting Capt. Ibikunle Olayiwola with his certificate of membership, at the NAMM Secretariat .

The Nigerian Association of Master Mariners (NAMM) has demanded that President Muhammadu Buhari appoints an adviser on maritime issues, in order to better appreciate the industry and attend to its demands with immediacy.

SIFAX Group, GEVC, Corporate Affairs Manager bag NIPR, SCAN awards

L-R: Frank Onwuchekwa, Corporate Affairs Officer; Philips Ojo, Corporate Affairs Officer and Olumuyiwa Akande, Corporate Affairs Manager, all of SIFAX Group receiving the Best PR Support Company of the year award from Professor Ralph Akinfeleye, Senior Lecturer, University of Lagos, at the 2018 Lagos PR Industry Gala and Awards (LaPriga 2018) organized by the Lagos Chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations which was held in Lagos recently.

For their outstanding performance, provision of inspiring leadership and support, SIFAX Group, a multinational corporation with diverse interests in Maritime, Aviation, Haulage & Logistics, Oil & Gas and Hospitality, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, Group Executive Vice Chairman/ CEO and Olumuyiwa Akande, Corporate Affairs Manager, ended 2018 on a high note by bagging various recognition awards.

Minister of Transportation, Amaechi, confirms participation as League holds 20th Anniversary Lecture, Awards

...Aniebonam, Shittu, others to receive awards
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi
The League of Maritime Editors and Publishers (LOMEP) is set to hold its' 20th Anniversary Lecture, Awards and inauguration of Patrons and Executives of the body January 24, 2019.

Standard Gauge rail lines will address Apapa gridlock , says Amaechi

The Honourable Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi (2nd from left), on inspection of the rail project

The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, on Thursday said that the ongoing construction of Lagos-Ibadan Standard Gauge rail lines would end the lingering chaotic Apapa gridlocks, when completed.

Pirates kidnap Crew Members from MSC Containership off Benin

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Several crew members have been reported missing following a pirate attack on one of Mediterranean Shipping Company’s containerships off the coast of Benin, West Africa.

China will build 150 high-tech logistics hubs by 2025

Dive Brief:
  • China plans to build 150 logistics hubs by 2025, with 30 of them built by next year, Technode reported, citing a plan released by China's National Development and Reform Commission and Ministry of Transport.

MAN draws attention to non-budgetary allocation to dredging ports outside Lagos

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The Manufacturing Association of Nigeria (MAN) has called attention to the non-allocation in the 2019 budget to dredging of ports that are in other locations outside of Lagos.

Two crew missing after car carrier suffers fire in Pacific

Search efforts have continued for two missing crew members of the Panama-flagged car carrier Sincerity Ace following a significant vessel fire in the middle of the Pacific.