Singapore Ship Registry reaches 95 million GT milestone

The Singapore Registry of Ships (SRS) has crossed the 95 million gross ton (GT) milestone, maintaining its position among the top five registries in the world.

The Torremolinos Declaration: Nigeria’s quest for operational safety, protection of her ocean resources against IUU fishing

Mrs Margaret Orakwusi, and Engr. Emmanuel Ilori
Nigeria’s signing of the Torremolinos Declaration in Spain recently was an expression of her determination to support the provisions seeking safety standards for fishing vessels and fishing operations as demanded by the International Maritime Organisation.  

Why key stakeholders support OMS Secure Anchorage Area services

…Arguments show firm not using govt vessels for its business
File Photo
Some concerned stakeholders in the shipping sub-sector have spoken in support of the Secure Anchorage Area (SAA) services being provided for vessels, which they said guarantees protection for foreign vessels at no cost to the government or any of its agencies.

NIMASA donates relief materials to flood victims in Rivers

 ...Reaffirms commitment to welfare of displaced persons                             

L-R: Head, Procurement, NIMASA, Mr. Obom Otonye; Director, Special Duties, NIMASA, Hajia Lami Tumaka; South-South Zonal Coordinator of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr. Wilson I. Brandon; Zonal Coordinator, Eastern Zone, NIMASA, Heaky Dimowo; and Yusuf Nadabo of NIMASA’s Port Harcourt office, during the presentation of relief materials to Internationally Displaced Persons (IDP’s) in Rivers State, at the South-South zonal store of NEMA in Port Harcourt.

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has restated its commitment to the wellbeing of victims of disaster in the country. 

Nigerian Shippers Council backs border closure, insists neighbouring countries respect ECOWAS Protocol

The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) at the weekend convened a meeting of stakeholders in the maritime industry to review issues concerning the Federal Government’s action on border closure, while stating its position of support for the government in the interest of the nation’s economy.

Nigeria expects boost in commerce with Wagon Assembly Plant in Ogun, says Osinbajo

    *At least 5000 jobs to be created- Transportation Minister, Amaechi 

Nigeria's Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo(left) with the Hon. Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi on occasion of the ground breaking ceremony for Wagon Assembly Plant in Kajola, Ogun State.

The Federal Government has expressed confidence that commerce will receive a boost both in Nigeria and on the African continent when the railway projects across the country is completed.

Dangers of boat abandonment, and need for NIWA to salvage its watercrafts immediately—Olu Akinsoji

Engr. Olu Akinsoji

1. An owner of vessels who allow his vessels to be idle (See here) lacks sufficient knowledge to own vessels and should not be in the business of shipping or water transportation.

NPA pledges commitment to enabling business environment at ports

MD NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman

The Nigerian Ports Authority has assured of its commitment to creating an enabling environment at the ports for effective service delivery.

SIFAX Photo News

Mr. Victor Olotu, Acting Head, Business Development and Strategic Planning, SIFAX Group was guest judge on The Next Titan Boardroom session recently. He was saddled with the responsibility of judging the contestants who had been given a task of teaching entrepreneurship to students using SIFAX Group as a case study.

L-R: Chris Parks, Judge, The Next Titan; Tonye Cole, Judge, The Next Titan; Kyari Bukar, Lead Judge, The Next Titan and Hon. Victor Olotu, Acting Head, Business Development and Strategic Planning and Guest Judge at The Next Titan’s board room session which was held recently.

NPA Photo News

The House of Representatives Committee on Ports and Harbours paid a Maiden working visit to the Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority at the Corporate Headquarters in Lagos. 

The Representative of the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Mohammed Bello- Koko (standing 10th from left), Chairman, House of Rep. Committee on Ports and Harbours, Hon. Garba Datti Muhammad (standing 11th from left), top Management of NPA, House of Rep. Committee Members at the occasion.

Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria to embark on industrial action over poor access roads to Ports

Credit: Onepageafrica Archive 

The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has declared its resolution to embark on a strike soon if the port access roads remain in their dilapidated state.

Nigeria Customs stops fuel supply to filling stations around land borders

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has suspended the supply of petroleum products to filling stations within 20 kilometres of all the nation’s borders. 

NIWA Boats: For sale, scrapping or refitting?

How maritime court can deal with piracy, other crimes at sea —Nigerian Navy

The Chief  of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas

The establishment of a maritime court has become very important for the immediate and adequate management of cases connected with piracy and other crimes at sea, in order to ease the burden of keeping suspects or vessels arrested to that effect.

National Maritime Transport Policy key to development - Dakuku Peterside

… As Stakeholders review National Maritime Transport Policy
… Industry Players commend NIMASA all-inclusiveness approach 

DG NIMASA, Dr, Dakuku Peterside
A national policy on maritime and cooperation among stakeholders will engender economic growth, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has stated.

FG to establish local Railway/Rolling Stock Assembly, Manufacturing Plant in Kajola, Nigeria

A model of the Railway Plant

The Honourable Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, will on Saturday 9th of November, 2019 accompany the Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof.  Yemi  Osibanjo, to the groundbreaking ceremony of the planned Railway Wagon Assembly  Plant in Kajola, Ogun State.

Olu Akinsoji's thoughts on IUU fishing in Nigeria

Engr. Olu Akinsoji
By Olu Akinsoji
Let me support Margaret Orakwusi on her insistence on government action against poaching (See here)  in our territorial and exclusive economic zone EEZ. 

Four seafarers kidnapped from Greek Tanker off Togo

Armed pirates have kidnapped four crew members from a Greece-flagged tanker off the coast of Togo, the Hellenic Coast Guard confirmed.

Margaret Orakwusi still speaking out against IUU fishing in Nigeria

... Commends Ghana Authority's action over arrest and fine of perpetrator 

Mrs Margaret Orakwusi
The arrest and fine charged a trawler owner in Ghana recently, over  an issue of illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing activities have obviously further established the seriousness attached to addressing the issue as it affects fish and fisheries in Africa.

Royal Father Marine Engineer encourages daughter on career at sea

HRH Obi Obiora Nwabuikwu, the Obiatuegwu 11 of Umuatuegwu-Okija, Anambra State

His Royal Highness, Obi Obiora Nwabuikwu, the Obiatuegwu 11 of Umuatuegwu- Okija, Anambra State, is gladly encouraging his youngest daughter for a career in marine engineering, according to her choice.

AMES plans wider scope for summit to address more issues in Nigeria’s maritime industry

...Recognises Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron as bedrock of manpower development for maritime industry in Nigeria

HRH Obi Obiora Nwabuikwu(fourth from right) hosting members of the Association of Marine Engineers and Surveyors
at his Lagos Residence

As part of its value contribution to further developing the maritime industry in Nigeria, the Association of Marine Engineers and Surveyors (AMES) will be expanding its scope in its future Summits, to enable it discuss and proffer possible solutions to problem areas.

SIFAX Group boss challenges African businesses on playing in the global market

L-R: Yasmin Kumi, Managing Director, Africa Foresight Group presenting an award to Mr. Adekunle Oyinloye, Group Managing Director, SIFAX Group after his keynote speech at the maiden edition of the Africa@Scale 2019 Conference held at Oxford University, United Kingdom

Mr. Adekunle Oyinloye, Group Managing Director, SIFAX Group, has urged businesses on the African continent to dream big by taking advantage of emerging opportunities on the global stage.

LAWMA to decommission Olusosun, Solous landfill sites

Newly renovated Simpson Transfer Loading Station (TLS), Sura, Lagos Island

The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), has concluded plans to decommission its landfill sites at Olusosun and Solous, due to urban encroachment and increased human activities around the areas.

Ghanaian trawler owner to pay US$1m fine for IUU fishing

Ghanaian authorities have imposed a US$1 million fine on a local fishing company after the crew of one of its vessels were discovered to have engaged in illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

Dakuku advocates dedicated cargo ports

DG NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside 

As Africa continues to consider strategies for improving the efficiency of shipping in the continent, the Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has suggested the introduction of designated ports to handle particular cargoes.

Photo: NPA, Customs hold talks on overtime cargo at Lagos Port

          Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman (Middle), the Comptroller General of Nigeria Custom Service (NCS)  Colonel Hameed Ali (Rtd.)on the left, and the Executive Director, Marine & Operations, (NPA), Dr. Sokonte Huttin Davies (on the right)during a Stakeholders meeting on overtime cargo at the Lagos Ports Complex in Lagos.

Environment and IMO Sulphur Cap: Nigeria must first address local environmental degradation- Shipowner

Engr. Greg Ogbeifun, CEO Starzs Group

With the proposed implementation of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) sulphur regulation on emissions from ships just around the corner, January 1, 2020, the shipping world is certainly also preparing for compliance with the sulphur benchmark allowed in emission from ships.

Navy begins maritime exercise in Nigerian Waters

File Photo: Nigeria's Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas

A 5- day combined naval exercise code-named GRAND AFRICAN NEMO (Navy exercise for maritime operations) has been flagged off in Nigerian waters.

Coordinated by the French Navy, GRAND AFRICAN NEMO 2019 involves the participation of four Nigerian Navy ships and a helicopter.

Nigerian wins global maritime essay competition

· NIMASA DG, Others meet to advance world maritime   

A Nigerian, Iorliam Simon Tersoo, has won the Future Maritime Leaders essay competition organised by the Global Maritime Forum. 

SIFAX Group, LASG collaborate to dispose containers of frozen fish

SIFAX Group on Tuesday said that it had concluded arrangements with the relevant Lagos State Government agencies to dispose five containers of bad fish at one of its terminals in Lagos.

Interview: GoG needs International task force as was done with Gulf of Aden--Omatseye

Mr. Temisan Omatseye

Regarding the Gulf of Guinea(GoG) security, Maritime Lawyer and a former Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Mr. Temisan Omatseye, is of the opinion that an international task force should be drafted to the region like it was done in the Gulf of Aden, which has for some time now experienced more peace compared to what it used to be.

Demand for scrubbers to last at least 30 years, EGCSA says

EGCS Director, Donald Gregory

In less than 70 days the International Maritime Organization’s 2020 sulphur cap will kick in, bringing with it a number of changes in the shipping industry.

Lagos State has zero tolerance for indiscriminate waste disposal- LAWMA

A resident arrested for indiscriminate disposal of waste in Aboru, Lagos State

The Lagos State government has reiterated total intolerance of illegal and reckless waste disposal, in unauthorised places.

One dead as port truck drivers, task force officials clash in Lillypond

…NPA operational vehicles burnt

Burnt vehicles at Lillypond on Thursday

One person confirmed to be a truck driver reportedly lost his life in an early morning clash that happened on Thursday between port operations truck drivers at the Lillypond Truck Transit Part in Ijora, Apapa, and officials of the Lagos State Task Force on the environment.

FG signs MoU with Russia on rail modernisation in Nigeria

The Honourable Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, and the CEO/Chairman, Joint Stock Company Russian Railway, Oleg Belozerov. during the signing of Memorandum of Understanding between the joint Stock Company Russian Railway and Federal Ministry of Transportation of the Federal Republic of  Nigeria, in Sochi Russia.

The Federal Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Russia for the development and modernisation of rail infrastructure in Nigeria.

Maritime Sector to hold 'Night of Tributes' for departed Promise Anaroke

Mrs. Promise Anaroke, departed  Wife of MMS Plus Newspaper Publisher 

As part of efforts to pay homage to the late Mrs. Promise Anaroke, wife of the CEO/ Editor-in-Chief of MMS Plus newspapers, Mr. Kingsley Anaroke, maritime industry stakeholders have set aside November 7th, 2019 for a night of tributes.

Photos: Stakeholders sign MoU on Lekki Deep Seaport Project

Standing left is the Executive Director, Marine & Operations, NPA Dr. Sokonte Huttin Davies, at extreme left stands the Executive Governor of Lagos State, His Excellency, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and other dignitaries at the event.

Ships: IMO increases awareness on Sulphur 2020

...Encourages cooperation among stakeholders

IMO Secretary-General, Kitack Lim

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has intensified the awareness among stakeholders, on the proposed sulphur emission cuts from ships to a limit of 0.5% m/m (mass by mass) for those operating outside designated emission control areas, while those in designated emission control areas would remain at 0.10% by 1 January, 2020.

Collaboration, Cooperation, Good Governance great strategy against piracy in GoG—Igbokwe

Mike Igbokwe, SAN

Renowned Maritime Lawyer, Mike Igbokwe, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, is confident that the Global Maritime Security Conference(#GMSC2019) held in Nigeria recently will be a ‘game-changer’, considering key take-aways, particularly the resolution for collaboration among States within the Gulf of Guinea(GoG) to tackle the threat of piracy.

Nigeria to get 20 new coaches in 6 weeks, says Transportation Minister, Amaechi

Twenty new coaches are to arrive Nigeria in six weeks for the Abuja-Kaduna and the Lagos-Ibadan rail lines, the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has confirmed.

Photos: Nigeria signs Torremolinos Declaration on fishing vessels safety standards

Nigeria's Delegation to the IMO Ministerial Conference in Spain, where Nigeria signed the Torremolinos Declaration on fishing vessels safety standards and fisheries on Monday.

Arts: Indigo Reimagined opens in Alara

Take this opportunity to see a selection of creative works by Peju Layiwola, a Professor of Arts History at the University of Lagos.

How NIMASA is ensuring effective ballast water management

Dr. Felicia Mogo, Director of Marine Environment Protection, NIMASA

Creating awareness among stakeholders and fostering partnerships for implementation and enforcement of legal provisions are some of the best approaches the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has adopted for effective ballast water management.

Who’s buying illegally-caught fishes from Africa’s waters? Orakwusi, Chairman Shipowners Forum, asks

Mrs. Margaret Orakwusi, Chairman, Shipowners Association

Although fisheries management has been identified as crucial for economic growth of African countries, a lot of challenges including illegal, unreported, unregulated (IUU) fishing still take place persistently. For former President of the Nigeria Trawler Owners Association (NITOA) Mrs. Margaret Orakwusi, a most significant concern in the illegalities connected with commercial fishing in Africa’s waters is the fact that there is a global market for the fishes caught in  "a most irresponsible manner’’ in the region by foreign trawler owners, who do as bad as pair trawling, an act that is known for depleting the resources.

IMB reports 30% piracy drop as Nigeria’s Deep Blue Project kicks in

The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has reported a drop in piracy attacks in Nigeria in the third quarter of 2019. 

IMB said in its latest report, “Nigeria has reduced Q3 piracy attacks from 41 in 2018 to 29 in 2019," which represents nearly 30 per cent year-on-year reduction.

Photo News: Shipowners at the #GMSC2019

Chairman Shipowners Forum, Barrister (Mrs.) Margaret Orakwusi, and President of  Ship Owners Association of Nigeria, Dr. MkGeorge Onyung at the Global Maritime Security Conference, which held in Abuja recently.Credit: OnepageAfrica

30 blind students benefit from SIFAX ICT training

The students putting to practice what they have been taught

30 blind students have benefited from a digital/ICT skill training programme sponsored by SIFAX Group.

NPA Photo News

The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman (Middle), receives a portrait from Pilot Nkopuyo Abraham (2nd left), Pilot Abiodun Ogunpitan (left), Pilot Otobing Ekam (2nd right) and Pilot Jumbo Hope (right) paid a working visit on the Managing Director at the Organisation’s Corporate Headquarters in Marina, Lagos recently.