AAMA reiterates commitment to building competitive African Maritime Sector

Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Chairman of AAMA

The Chairman of the Association of African Maritime Administrations (AAMA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has reiterated the commitment of the African body to build a competitive maritime sector in Africa through continuous engagements and sharing of ideas. 

NNS BEECROFT gets new Commander

Commodore Ibrahim Shettima on Thursday formally took over as the commander, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) BEECROFT, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

STOAN says all concessioned terminals in Nigeria are ISPC Code-compliant

Princess Vicky Haastrup, STOAN Chairman

The Seaports Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN) has affirmed that all concessioned Nigerian port’s terminals in the country are fully compliant with the provisions of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code.

FG begins reconstruction of Apapa-Oshodi-Oworonsoki-Ojota highway

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The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos State, Mr Adedamola Kuti, on Wednesday announced the commencement of reconstruction of the Apapa-Oshodi-Oworonsoki-Ojota Expressway.

Nigerian Navy guards repel pirates’ attack on vessel in Bonny Anchorage

Nigerian naval guards onboard an unnamed vessel at the Bonny Inner Anchorage on April 15, resisted pirates’ attack on the vessel.

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The Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) held an interactive session with Stakeholders in the Maritime Industry to find solution to the Apapa Traffic Gridlock, the Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) were among dignitaries at the workshop in Lagos.

Customs FOU ‘A’ intercepts truck carrying 600 cartons of codeine syrup

The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘A’ Lagos has announced its interception of a truckload of codeine syrup worth about N240 million.

Spanish Navy frees Ship hijacked by Nigerian pirates

A Spanish warship has rescued the crew of a merchant ship which had been held hostage by Nigerian pirates for four days.

Maritime Workers Union threatens port shut down over deplorable access road

File Photo: Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, President-General MWUN

The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria(MWUN) has issued threats of shutting 
down the nation's ports as a result of the poor conditions of the port access roads.

Nigeria Customs begins recruitment exercise of 3,200 personnel

The Nigeria customs Service (NCS) has announced the commencement of the 2019 recruitment exercise for 3,200 officers and men.

NPA Board members decry condition of port access road

    L-R: NPA Board Member, Dr. Ekpa Anthonia Akpabio, Chairman NPA Board, Emmanuel Adesoye, the Representative of the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), the Executive Director, Marine & Operations, Dr. Sokonte Davies and the Port Manager, Tin Can Island Port Complex, Engr. Emmanuel Akporherhe during the tour of the Ports.

Members of the Board of Directors of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) have added their voices to the perennial traffic gridlock on road leading to Port in Apapa and Tin-Can Island.

Seafarers need commitment to classes ahead of CoC exams- Rector, Maritime Academy of Nigeria

Seafarers who have been approved and registered to take the Certificate of Competency (CoC) examinations overseen by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) are required to attend full lectures to be prepared for the exams.

IMO moves to address maritime corruption

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is to address maritime corruption by including the issue in its work programme for the Facilitation Committee.

US sanctions nine ships, four owners for Venezuela ties

Another four shipping companies and nine vessels that operate in the oil sector of the Venezuelan economy have been blacklisted, according to the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

Wasting Assets: A ray of hope for ‘Customs Pride’, ‘Group of Nine’ vessels

 ...As CPRO says vessels in process of being refitted 

One of the boats moored at the marina waterfront, Lagos

There is finally a ray of hope that the Nigeria Customs' state of the art patrol boats, specially procured to battle smuggling but later abandoned since 2015 may soon be 'resurrected', to perform the task they were hitherto acquired for.

NEXIM Bank, Akewa Terminal to revamp Burutu Port for moving solid mineral


Mr. Hope Yongo
Plans are being concluded to overhaul the old Burutu Port in Delta State, and have it dedicated to movement of solid mineral.

SOAN looks to greater industry engagement as new Executive Council is inaugurated

Cutting of the celebration cake

The Ship Owners Association of Nigeria (SOAN) is hopeful for more engaging periods with various key stakeholders in the maritime industry as it inaugurates its new President, Dr. Mkgeorge Onyung, and other executive members to steer the association’s affairs for the next two years. 

Manpower Development: Iroghama wants cadets’ training, NIMASA qualifying exams streamlined for optimal results

Mrs. Iroghama Obuoforibo, Chief Operating Officer, 
Starzs Investment Co Ltd.

Grooming young seafarers to get a pool of professionals for manning purposes in the maritime industry is indeed a huge task. But, while Starzs Investment Company Ltd is committed to doing that, it also wants the authorities concerned with overseeing the standards in training of cadets to ascertain the qualification of the lecturers and the teaching syllabus.

SIFAX Group launches new financial services subsidiary

Mrs. Olubukola Abitoye

In order to take full advantage of emerging opportunities in the financial sector in the country and across the West African territory, SIFAX Group has launched a new subsidiary, Sky Capital and Financial Allied International Limited.

Nigerian waters now safer, says IMB

The International Maritime Bureau (IMB), a specialised department of the International Chamber of Commerce, has released its report for the first quarter of 2019 showing an increased level of safety in the Nigerian Maritime Domain.

LADOL: NSCDC guard kills colleague, leaves another seriously wounded

                ...LADOL promises support to affected persons and families

An operative of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) identified as Innocent Oshemi, on official security duty at the LADOL Free Zone, on Tuesday shot and killed one of his colleagues while they argued.

Though most disadvantaged, women important in nation-building—MD NPA

MD NPA,  Hadiza Bala Usman

The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Ms. Hadiza Bala Usman, has voiced her thoughts that though women are most disadvantaged in the world, they play very important role in building a nation.

NIMASA crystallizes five-year cabotage waiver cessation plan

Dr. Dakuku Peterside, DG NIMASA

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has defined its strategic plan to end Cabotage waivers for non-indigenous ship owners within the next five years.

We wanted an African P&I Club, to support growth of shipping sector— Jolapamo

Chief Isaac Jolapamo

When the Indigenous Shipowners Association in Nigeria pushed for a workable cabotage performance, they also wanted to see the conclusion of a shipping line, and an African Protection and Indemnity (P&I) Club, through their efforts,  to support operators and other stakeholders.

NIMASA begins donation of relief materials to displaced persons in 20 States

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Tuesday commenced the donation of relief materials to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) nationwide, with the presentation of household items to the IDPs in Lagos.

NPA to begin electronic call-up for trucks in Lagos Ports

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) said on Tuesday that it would begin automation of the truck call-up system  in August.

Police dismiss 9 Senior Police Officers, demote 6 others over misconduct

The Acting Inspector General of Police, M.A. Adamu

 The Police Service Commission (PSC) said it had approved the dismissal of nine senior police officers over cases of gross misconduct.

Shell Marine presents new lubricant ahead of IMO 2020

Ahead of the IMO sulphur cap 2020, Shell Marine has introduced a new two-stroke engine cylinder oil specifically for use with engines running on 0.5% sulphur content very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO).

Dakuku confident Maritime University will fulfill major economic dream for Nigeria


The Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, at the weekend, expressed confidence that establishing the Nigeria Maritime University (NMU), Okerenkoko, marks the launch of an institution of critical importance to the economic development of the country.

Group seeks N/A approval for ECOWAS-backed Commission to check small arms, other illicit imports

Chief Emmanuel Okereke(middle) briefing Newsmen on Monday
 in Lagos on proposed Commission 

The Importers Association of Nigeria (IMAN) has called on the National Assembly to sign into Law a Bill for a Commission aimed at checking illicit imports including small arms and light weapons that could jeorpadise the nation’s  peace and security.

Amaechi blames CCECC for slow pace of work on Lagos-Ibadan rail project

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The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, has blamed the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) for the slow pace of work at the ongoing construction of Lagos-Ibadan Standard Gauge rail line.

MB: Global piracy drops by 42 % in Q1 2019

The first quarter of 2019 saw fewer incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships, compared to the first three months of 2018, a report shows.

Monumental wastes of maritime assets, as Government parastatals lose vision

With increasing loss of vision, and
candour, Government parastatal within the maritime sub-sector, including the Nigerian Inland Waterways Authority  (NIWA), the Nigerian Ports Authority  (NPA) and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency  (NIMASA) may have embarked on monumental waste of Government assets.

London Court orders Djibouti to pay USD 385 Mn for breach of DCT’s exclusivity

London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) has ordered the Republic of Djibouti to pay USD 385 million plus interest for violating Doraleh Container Terminal’s (DCT) exclusivity rights.

Onne Customs Command generates N94 bn

The Nigeria Customs Service, Onne Port Command has declared a total revenue of N94,044,676,428.01, which represents 80 per cent of its ₦117.8 billion revenue target for  2018. 

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NPA supports training programme for Maritime Journalists

     The Representative of the Managing Director, NPA, the General Manager, C&SC, Engr. Adams Jatto, Top Officers of the C&SC Division and some Maritime Journalist at the event.

Automation will curb document falsification in cargo clearing at Ports – CRFFN Registrar

Mr. Samuel Nwakohu, Registrar of Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN), has said that automation of all clearing processes will end document falsification in cargo clearing.

NPA Photo News

Delegates of Thailand Board of Investment paid a courtesy visit to the Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) at the Corporate Headquarters in Marina, Lagos on Thursday. The Representative of the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), the Executive Director, Marine and Operations, Dr. Sokonte Davies (10th from left), the Head of Delegation, Thailand Board of Investment, Bung-On Thitapaisalpol(9th from left), Top Officers of NPA and other delegates during the visit.

Shippers’ Council advises freight forwarders to ignore unauthorized Police Officers at Ports

The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) has asked freight forwarders operating at the nation’s seaports to ignore unauthorized policemen who are involved in illegal interception of already cleared cargoes.

Experts advise on new status to better maritime sector in Nigeria

Otunba Kunle Folarin, Chairman, Ports Consultative Council
Maritime Expert  and Chairman, Ports Consultative Council, Otunba Kunle Folarin has observed that neither the Federal Government, nor the Nigerian people would attract optimum benefits, until the nation's maritime industry is separated from the transportation sector and run as a separate and distinct  entity.

We’ve made significant progress in port service delivery- MD NPA

MD Nigerian Ports Authority(NPA) Ms Hadiza Bala Usman

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on Wednesday said that in the past few years the organisation’s efforts have been to position the nation’s ports to compete favourably within the sub-Saharan Africa, Gulf of Guinea and most importantly, compete in the international community.

Amaechi commends NPA for establishing Simulation Centre in Apapa

The Honourable Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Chibuike Ameachi, has lauded the Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) for the establishment of an Ultra-Modern Marine and Harbour Simulation Centre at Dockyard Apapa.

Canada to modernize pilotage service with new legislation

The Canadian Government is planning to introduce new legislation to modernize Canada’s pilotage service for commercial ships.

Chief Of Naval Staff, Ibas, approves deployment of top officers in Commands

The Nigerian Navy (NN) says the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas has approved a major re-organisation of the upper echelon of the Nigerian Navy.

NIWA impounds wooden boat ferrying Lagos school children without life-jackets

         ...to charge boat operator and driver to court

The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has impounded a private passenger boat that was transporting school children going for a schools event from Takwa Bay to Osborne without having life-jackets on.

Customs strike force arrests 4, impounds expired tyres worth N480m

Operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Strike Force has arrested four suspects, intercepted trucks loaded with expired, pirated jewelries and other smuggled items worth over N460, 839, 156.35 within the last three months.

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Comrade Abdullahi Abubakar of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has emerged
the new President of the Senior Staff Association Statutory Corporations and
Government Owned Companies (SSASCGOC), Maritime Branch.

SIFAX Group appoints three key Management Staff

Mrs Olubukola Abitoye, Newly-appointed GM, Financial Services, SIFAX Group

As part of the ongoing restructuring effort, which is targeted at strategically positioning the company for better service delivery, corporate reengineering and next level strategic growth, SIFAX Group has appointed three new staff to man key management positions.

Ogbeh appeals for speedy clearing of agricultural exports In ports

Minister of Agriculture and Riral Development, Audu Ogbeh

Chief Audu Ogbeh, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, has appealed to the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to ensure speedy evacuation and clearing of agricultural produce for export.

Ahead of IMO 2020 sulphur-cuts, Sea Transport concludes negotiation for bunker supplies

MD/CEO Sea Transport, Mr. Aminu Umar
As shipowners presume increase in prices of low-sulphur fuel towards the end of 2019 in preparation for the deadline set by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) for sulphur cuts by January 1, 2020, negotiations for supplies have been sealed in good deals.