Maersk introduces digital ocean customs clearance

Danish shipping major Maersk has launched Customs Clearance online shipping management platform in seven European countries with an aim to provide simple and easy-to-use solutions.

International Dance Day: Africa dances to tell

Tosin in a street dance performance

FG to receive 10 railway coaches from China by June

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The Federal Government has concluded plans to receive 10 railway coaches from China in June 2019, to reduce the congestion at the Abuja-Kaduna rail line.

Hydrographic services need utmost priority in growing shipping sector-Omotoso

Mr. Olumide Omotoso

A key service of hydrography, which involves surveying, charting and buoying of the waters to safe navigation, must be given prime attention in shipping, the body of hydrographers in Nigeria has said.

Customs’ Strike Force empowered to examine, seize goods inside seaports

The CGC, Rtd. Col. Hameed Ali

The Strike Force of the Nigeria Customs Service is empowered henceforth to be involved in cargo examination and to make seizures when necessary inside the nation's seaports.

Chinue Achebe’s ‘Things Fall Apart’ ranks top 5 of BBC’s ‘100 Stories That Shaped The World’

Chinua Achebe

Nigeria’s Chinua Achebe’s book ‘Things Fall Apart’ has been recognised as one of the top five of the BBC’s 100 Stories That Shaped The World.

BBC Culture asked writers around the globe to pick stories that have endured across generations and continents – and changed society.

Dr. Bertha Ekeh launches books, gives public lecture on prevention of stroke and dementia

First Grimaldi GG5G RoRo begins construction in China

China’s Jinling Shipyard has started construction of the first hybrid roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) freighter for Italian shipping company Grimaldi Group.

Senate Committee gives final ultimatum on ending Apapa gridlock

Committee Member, Sen. Mao Ohuabunwa(Middle); the Committee Vice Chairman, Sen. Clifford Odia(Right), and the Federal Controller of Works, West, Kuti Adedamola at the event.

Towards finding lasting solution to gridlock in Apapa, the Senate Committee on Works on Friday advocated co-operation of various government agencies to make port operations easier.

Circumstance of diver’s drowning in Delta raises suspicions

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The Delta State Chairman for National Association of Professional Divers (NAPROD), Mr Anthony Eferegor has drowned in circumstances that demand proper explanations.

Nigeria not utilising its huge potentials in maritime sector- Agbakoba

...Says proper application of cabotage can generate N4 trl revenue

Dr. Olisa Agbakoba

Dr. Olisa Agbakoba, a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, has decried the nation’s lacklustre approach to putting into proper use huge economic potentials embedded in its maritime industry.

Chamber of Shipping engages key stakeholders on policy focus to grow Nigeria’s shipping sector

The Panel: L-R; Dr. Chris Asoluka, Mr. Taofeek Adegbite, Dr. Olisa Agbakoba, and Mrs. Mfon Usoro during the Focus Group Meeting by The Nigerian Chamber of Shipping on Wednesday in Lagos 

Key stakeholders in a focus group meeting convened by the Nigerian Chamber of Shipping on Wednesday in Lagos, have agreed that the shipping sub-sector needs an expanded policy framework to guide the sector on a defined path of growth.

Denmark deploys drone to check ships’ sulphur emissions

The Danish Maritime Authority has begun operating a rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to check emissions from ships in Danish waters to make sure they comply with the local sulphur limit.

Ship manager, owner face pollution charges in US

Manager, owner and the Chief Engineer of the cargo vessel Nederland Reefer have been indicted for falsification of pollution records, obstruction of justice and witness tampering.

TANTOLOUN Productions showcases new dance during Cotonou Art Residency

The TANTOLOUN Productions would be having a new dance creation titled ‘To-Be’ as it begins a two-week art residency at the Multicorps Choreographic Center, in Cotonou, the capital city of Benin Republic.

Promotion: NIMASA approves appointment of two Directors, elevation of 255 other staff members

Director, Maritime Labour Services at NIMASA, Mrs. Rita Uruakpa

The Governing Board of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has approved the promotion of Mr. Dikko Bala, to Director.

Poaching, sea-piracy still threaten fish trawling business in Nigeria - Orakwusi

Mrs Margaret Orakwusi, Chairman, Ship Owners Forum

Operators in the maritime sub-sector of fish trawling business in Nigeria are still contending with some serious problems including sea-piracy, poor safety architecture as well as reckless poaching activities.

Qualities shippers should look for in a heavy/specialized carrier

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Specialized freight is often unique, high-value and critical to the shipper or consignee operation, unlike many other commodities. Carriers with a history and reputation of safe, on-time and claim-free deliveries are the carriers a shipper should consider using to move their freight. A shipper’s evaluation should include people, processes and performance.

NIMASA gives relief materials to needy in Ondo State

The Director, Western Zonal Office of NIMASA Mr. Olayemi Abass handing over some of the relief materials donated to Ondo state by the Agency to the Permanent Secretary, Deputy Governor’s office Mrs Desola Alabi in Akure on Thursday.

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has continued its donation of relief materials to victims affected by flood and other disasters across the country.

Lagos-Ibadan rail’ll ready in June – Amaechi

File Photo: The Honourable Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaehi

Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has assured that by early June this year, the rail transport system would be ready for use between Lagos and Ibadan.

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).