Gridlock threatens export trade as $300m cashew nuts trapped in Lagos Ports


Nigerian Exporters have cried out to the Federal Government for help, saying cashew nuts valued at $300 million(N108 billion) have been trapped at the Lagos ports as a result of congestion and inefficiency at the ports

Tax Holiday: Appeal Court dismisses NLNG’S case against NIMASA

       …Orders gas firm to continue paying maritime levies

The Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, today set aside the judgment of the Federal High Court, which had exempted the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNG) from levies payable to the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) under the NIMASA Act, Cabotage Act, Marine Environment (Sea Protection Levy) Regulations, and other laws of the federation.

NPA, NIPR to deepen existing collaboration

Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman and the Chairman, NIPR, Lagos State Chapter Olusegun McMedal both in the middle, with them are other professional Members

A renewed collaboration for the training of Public Relations personnel has been sealed between the Nigerian Ports Authority and the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR).

Photo News: FOMI Queen begins 'Girls-Go-To-Sea' Campaign

The Girls -Go- To- Sea Campaign  has been kick- started  by present Queen of the Face of Maritime International, Rachael Zakama at the Osborne Schools Complex in Ikoyi, Lagos. 

Amaechi inspects Seme-Karke Joint Border Post in Cotonoue

The  Honourable Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi(Middle) with
the Customs Area Controller, Mohammed Uba, during the minister's inspection tour of the JBP

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, inspected the Seme-Karke Joint Border Post(JBP) in Cotonoue  ahead of the Thursday’s meeting of Ministers of Transport, Infrastructure and Health of Benin Republic, Ghana, Nigeria, Togo and Cote D’Ivore which held in Cotonoue, Benin Republic.

Why Nigerian Shipowners go to Togo for bunker supplies- Industry player

Mr. Aminu Umar, MD/CEO Sea Transport Nigeria

Majority of the bunker fuel that shipping companies consume in Nigeria is got from neighbouring Lome, Togo.

The realities of rethinking plastic packaging

Manufacturers must consider the product and consequences of alternative materials when making decisions about plastic packaging.

There’s no doubt the great future of plastics from "The Graduate" came to fruition. Landfills are overflowing with plastics, with more than 8 million tons of plastic dumped into oceans annually, according to Plastic Oceans International.

Exporters bemoan N5000 per kilo of produce tariff charge

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Exporters in the Airfreight business have decried the exorbitant tariff charges imposed by the Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Service on agricultural produce, saying the agency charges as high as N5000 per kilo of goods.

FEC approves N1.3b contracts to reposition NAN, NTA, FRCN

Alh. Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture

The Federal Government on Wednesday approved N1.3 billion contracts to strengthen and reposition its media outfits for effective information dissemination.

Slow progress prompts new thinking around deforestation in palm oil supply chains

Despite public commitments to sustainable palm oil from some of the crop's largest stakeholders, deforestation continues at a rate of 18 million acres per year, according to the United Nations, causing some stakeholders to question whether current tactics to fight the practice are having any effect. 

Industry watchers, stakeholders voice fears over continuing safety of CVFF

…As NIMASA insists on review of modalities for disbursement

Some ship-owners as well as industry watchers have expressed worries and fears about the continuing safety of the Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF), as speculations in public domain suggest change of some institutional heads, even in the maritime industry.

Ghana Maritime Authority fines Ships for sewage pollution

The Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA) has imposed a number of fines in Takoradi related to pollution from discharged wastewaters in the past few months, marine insurer West of England said. 

CBN cuts interest rate to 13.5%

The CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele

For the first time in more than two years, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Tuesday adjusted interest rate downwards to 13.5 per cent.

SOAN 2019 Election: MkGeorge Onyung emerges President

Ship Owners Association votes in Lagos to elect new executives
The Ship Owners Association of Nigeria (SOAN) on Tuesday in Lagos elected Dr. MkGeorge Onyung, the Managing Director of Jevkon Oil & Gas, as its new president.

Maersk joins alliance supporting low-carbon transport

Dive Brief:
  • A.P. Moller-Maersk joined the Global Industry Alliance to Support Low Carbon Shipping (GIA), a public-private partnership "tackling the challenges of decarbonizing the shipping sector," according to a flyer from the alliance. 

Customs Service says malpractices limiting trade facilitation

Nelson Ochai, Head of Export Desk, Apapa Customs Command

The Nigeria Customs Service has blamed some trade malpractice such as false declaration, under-declaration and over-valuation of goods as key reasons that combine to hinder trade facilitation.

Photo News: NPA MD receives delegation from Port of Douala

A delegation from the Port of Douala, Cameroon led by the Secretary General, Onana Ndoh Lin Dieudonne, on a working visit to Nigeria, paid a courtesy call on the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman in her office in Lagos on Monday.

 The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman (middle) the Secretary General, the Port of Douala, Cameroon, Onana Ndoh Lin Dieudonne (3rd from left) and other Cameroonian delegates including other Top Management of the NPA during the visit.

Pirates take Bonny, NPA takes Lagos as Gov't issues promisory note on Warri Anchorage

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Pirates and the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) have seemingly shared the souls of the nation's anchorage, with the bandits taking over Bonny, the NPA taking over Lagos, even as Government gives Promissory note on Warri Anchorage.

Deep Blue Project will end criminalities in our waters – FG

...As NIMASA, Military Pledge Commitment to Maritime Security

The Representative of the Minister of Transportation/Director Maritime Safety and Security, Danjuma M. Dauda,Presenting a certificate to the best graduating studentAbdul Razaq Lawal Mohammed while the Director General NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, looks on during the Graduation ceremony of C41 intelligence System Operator Course held in Lagos

The Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, has reiterated the Federal Government’s determination to rid the Nigerian territorial waters of criminalities through the Integrated Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure, otherwise known as the Deep Blue Project.

NIMASA Reaffirms Commitment to Sea Time Training for Nigerian Cadets

               … Signs MOU with Maritime Academy of India

R-L: Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside and Managing Director, TMC Shipping Pvt. Limited and the Maritime Academy of India, Neeraj Kumar displaying the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between NIMASA and the Maritime Academy of India for on-board sea time training of some graduates of the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP) at the Headquarters of the Agency in Lagos.
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has restated its commitment to partnerships with international institutions for sea time training of Nigerians under the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP).

World Water Day 2019: This community is left behind

By Hope Orivri
The 2019 theme for the World Water Day celebration says “No one is left behind." But this is far from being correct when you see the condition of this community. 

Maersk in partnership with Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition for maritime biofuel pilot

 A group of Dutch multinationals - FrieslandCampina, Heineken, Philips, DSM, Shell and Unilever - all members of the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition (DSGC), will join forces with A.P. Moller - Maersk to take a tangible step towards the decarbonization of ocean shipping, as they are convinced of the urgency to act on climate.

Trade Talks: Shippers’ Council, SON charge stakeholders on best practices

      ...As stakeholders kick over cumbersome procedures at SON

The Nigerian Shippers’ Council in collaboration with the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) on Thursday urged the trading public including importers, customs licensed agents and other key stakeholders to ensure they carry on their business operations with integrity.

Photo News: NPA hosts Committee on haulage operations

The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) hosted the Inter-Ministerial Sub Committee for the Implementation of a Work Plan of Action on Haulage Operations in Nigeria in the Organisation’s Corporate Headquarters in Lagos on Thursday.

The Representative of the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), the Executive Director, Engineering and Technical Services, Prof. Idris Abubakar (right) and the Chairman of the Sub Committee, Asst. Corp Marshal, Victor Nwokolo after a courtesy call on the Managing Director at the NPA Corporate Headquarters in Lagos .

Cabotage implementation: NIMASA, stakeholders move to achieve five-year waiver cessation plan

Former Director General, NIMASA, Mr. Temisan Omatseye; Executive Director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services, NIMASA, Mr. Gambo Ahmed; Head, Cabotage, Mr. Victor Egejuru; Director Maritime Labour, Mr. Ibrahim Jibril; Director General, Nigerian Chamber of Shipping, Mrs. Obi Obiageli; and Deputy Director, Western Zone, Mrs. Irene Macfoy, after a meeting between NIMASA and maritime industry stakeholders on a five-year Cabotage cessation plan in Lagos. March 19, 2019.

As part of efforts to actualise the full implementation of the Cabotage Act, 2003, which aims to promote indigenous participation in shipping in Nigeria, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and key industry players have mapped out a plan to end Cabotage waivers for non-indigenous ship owners within the next five years.

FG looks to 2028 for complete eradication of open defecation in Nigeria

The Federal Government has reiterated its commitment towards ensuring total eradication of open defecation in Nigeria by 2028.

Nigerian Shippers’ Council holds one-day seminar on “Ethic and Integrity in Shipping Trade”

The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) in collaboration with the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) will hold an enlightenment seminar on Ethics and Integrity in Shipping Trade at Golden Tulip Hotel FESTAC Town, Lagos today Thursday, 21st March, 2019 by 9a.m.

184 traders benefit from Taiwo Afolabi free dental outreach at Ibadan Market

A total of 184 traders (men and women) have enjoyed free dental and medical care at the Taiwo Afolabi Free Rural Dental Outreach, which was held recently at the popular Dugbe Market in Ibadan.

NPA restates commitment to women empowerment

Rep of the Managing Director, NPA, the General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, Engr. Adams Jatto, (middle) the Asst. Gen. Manager, New Business Development, NPA, Nana Yakubu (2nd from left), the Founder, MMS WoFHoF Initiative, Kingsley Anaroke (2nd from right) and the Asst. Gen. Manager, Environment, NPA, (right) and the Senior Manager, C & SC, Victoria Tarfa (left)at the event.

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has expressed its continual support to the welfare of women, particularly of women in the maritime sector.

Navy set to tackle illegal, unregulated fishing in Nigeria

The Nigerian Navy (NN) on Tuesday said that it had concluded plans with the Federal Department of Fisheries to acquire dedicated vessels to deal with the problem of illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing in Nigeria’s maritime domain.

FG reiterates commitment to effective service delivery in MDAs

  NIMASA, Stakeholders sign Service Level Agreement

L-R: Rep., of the Special Assistant to the President on the Ease of Doing Business, Mrs. Jumoke Oduwole, Mr. David Uzozike; National Coordinator of SERVICOM, Mrs. Nnenna Akajemelu; DGl NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside; and ED Finance and Administration, NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, at the Service Level Agreement (SLA) signing ceremony in Lagos. March 13, 2019.
The Federal Government has restated its commitment to prompt and effective service delivery, especially in its Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), saying it is an essential condition for economic development. 

Nigeria spends $500m annually on palm oil importation, says CBN

CBN Gov., Mr. Godwin Emefiele

Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, on Monday said that over five hundred million dollars was being spent annually on importation of palm oil.

Parcel carriers cut jobs, while warehousing and trucking add positions

Dive Brief:
  • Courier and messenger companies slashed their workforce by 9,700 in February, while warehouse operators and trucking companies added 4,800 jobs combined across their sectors from January to February, according to the March report from the Department of Labor.

Amaechi apologises to Nigerians over suspension of free Iju-Abeokuta train ride

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi on Friday apologised to Nigerians over the suspension of the  Iju-Abeokuta free train ride during the 2019 general elections.

FG unveils mobile app to boost ease of doing business

Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment

The Federal Government through the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) on Thursday launched a new Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) Mobile App, Nigeria’s official public service feedback and complaints platform for business environment reforms.

Maritime Security: Navy inaugurates training school in Lagos

The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Adm. Ibok-Ette Ibas, says the Nigerian Navy has inaugurated Regional Maritime Awareness Domain (RMDA) Training school in Lagos to assist naval personnel in tackling maritime security challenges in the Gulf of Guinea (GOG).

Nigerian Shippers Council against additional charges by shipping lines

Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers Council, Mr. Hassan Bello

The Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) has frowned on the imposition of different unjustifiable  surcharges by multi-national shipping lines that bring cargoes to Nigeria.

BP Marine unveils new very low sulphur marine fuel

BP Marine, part of British oil and gas major BP, is starting the sale of very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) as the IMO 2020 regulation deadline nears.

NPA unveils crèche in Lagos Port to mark International Women’s Day


The Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) joined the rest of the world in commemorating the International Women’s Day (IWD).

Pirates kidnap five Seafarers from OSV off Nigeria

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Armed pirates have kidnapped five crew members from an offshore support vessel in the latest pirate attack off Brass, Nigeria.

NIMASA, NLNG collaboration rescued MV ORC4 Vessel, says Dakuku

Dr. Dakuku Peterside, DG NIMASA

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) on Tuesday clarified issues surrounding an alleged abandonment of a vessel in distress.

Maritime Domain Awareness: Nigeria, 30 others to participate in sea exercise ‘Obangame Express’ – Navy

The Nigerian Navy in Lagos said 31 countries would participate in the multinational sea exercise code named: “Obangame Express.

Shippers urge NPA to simplify call-up system for containers

The President, Shippers Association Lagos State (SALS), Mr Jonathan Nicol, has urged the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to simplify the call-up system of returning overtime containers into the ports.

Nigerian dies aboard Delta Airlines flight from U.S. to Lagos

A passenger on Delta Flight DL54 travelling from Atlanta to Lagos on Monday  died onboard. 

The airlines’ crew, according to the airlines, found the deceased unresponsive before landing.

18 persons rescued, 4 still missing in Delta boat mishap

Eighteen persons were rescued, while four others are yet missing when a boat overturned on March 9 in Delta State, after the Governorship and House of Assembly elections in Warri North Local Government Area of the State.

Crewmember missing as barge sinks off Dutch coast

One crewmember was rescued while another one is still missing following the sinking of a barge off the Dutch coast city of Vlissingen on March 9.

Of legacies and virtues, Cleric eulogizes Mama Ogbeifun at Thanksgiving Service

The Ogbeifun family with Ministers of the Church after the thanksgiving service in honour of their mother Deaconess Cecilia Izogie Ogbeifun in Benin City, Edo State

The General Superintendent of Christ Apostolic Church of God Mission (CACGM) Benin City, Edo State, Apostle Godspower Ogbomwaa on Sunday resounded the praise of  Deaconess(Mrs) Cecilia Izogie Ogbeifun who passed away on January 9, 2019 at the age of 100 years.

Master Mariners charge FG on reinforcing maritime security

Captain Tajudeen Alao, President of NAMM

A key area of focus for the Federal Government in the maritime sector is the provision of effective security, should the nation desire a hub status in shipping.

Shipowners not ready to give up control to intelligent vessels

Yarden Gross, CEO of Orca AI

Shipowners are said to be hesitant to relinquish control of their vessels in favor of autonomous solutions, as they trust their captains and crews.

MMS WoFHoF Condemns FG’s suspension of ‘Trader Moni’ Scheme

·         Introduces grant to empower 250,000 women

...Campaigns for 40% gender inclusiveness for women

MMS Woman of Fortune Hall of Fame (WoFHoF) Initiative has condemned Federal Government's suspension of 'Trader Moni' scheme which has seen traders, mostly women fleeced of over N6 billion as two million applicants paid N3,000 at the commercial banks without obtaining  the loans.