Egypt unveils shipping incentives

The Egyptian government has announced a new package of incentives and discounts for shipping companies in a bid to ensure the sustainability of shipping lines’ schedules.

Two Seafarers die aboard vessel during cleaning exercise

Two crew members aboard a bulk carrier, owned by Croatian company Atlantska Plovidba, have lost their lives during tank cleaning operations.

Shippers Council seeks more stakeholders' patronage for Kaduna Inland Dry Port:

The Abuja Liaison Office of the Nigerian Shippers Council, has urged stakeholders in the sector to patronise the Kaduna Inland Dry Port to enjoy its benefits.

Trapped: Customs intercepts ambulance with N2.8m worth of tramadol

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Apapa Command,on Wednesday made public an arrest and  interception of an ambulance smuggling 10 cartons of 225 milligrammes (mg) of Tramadol in Apapa Port.

Half Year Report: Onne Customs collects N54.1b revenue, with N443m seizures

The Nigeria Customs Service, Port Harcourt Area II Command, Onne Port, has collected a total of N54 billion between January and June 2019 with seizures worth N443.3 million in the last six months.

NPA to integrate CRFFN into its web portal

The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman (left), presents a plaque to the Chairman, Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarders in Nigeria (CRFFN), Abubakar Tsanni Amadi (right), who paid a courtesy call on the Managing Director at the NPA Corporate Headquarters in Marina, Lagos.

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has agreed to integrate the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) transaction Portal into the Authority’s Web Portal, in a bid to facilitate access to operational information.

Photo News: Police Area Command maintains community relations

ACP Bode Ojajuni, Area Commander Area A, Lion Building, Lagos Island
 with His Grace, the Primate of the Methodist Church, Nigeria, Dr. Chukwuemeka Uche.

Turkish crew taken hostage in pirate attack off Nigeria

Pirates have kidnapped 10 Turkish sailors after attacking the Turkish-flagged cargo ship Paksoy-1 off the Nigerian coast.

FOU “A” Intercepts 6 assorted cars, other contraband with DPV of 1.2 bn

Some of the intercepted cars at the FOU 'A' Ikeja, Lagos.

The Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone ‘A ‘of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Tuesday announced that it intercepted cars, Pangolin, rice and pharmaceutical products valued at N1.25 billion in one week.

Gov El-Rufai commends Dakuku over NIMASA’s contribution to economy

The Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has commended the efforts of the Director-General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, to developing the maritime sector and increase its contribution to the economy.

NPA Photo News

The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman (Middle), presents a plaque to the National President, National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Chief Increase Uche (right), the Executive Director, Marine and Operations, NPA, Dr. Sokonte Davies during a courtesy call on the Managing Director at the NPA Corporate Headquarters in Marina, Lagos.

About 1.5 million tons metal scrap recoverable from shipwreck in Onne, says Ogbeifun

           …as $652 USD estimated to reactivate Ajaokuta Steel Coy

CEO Starzs Group, Engr. Greg Ogbeifun
Nigerian Shipowner and Chief Executive of Starzs Group, Engr. Greg Ogbeifun, has called attention to the fact that about 1.5 million tons of metal scrap could still be salvaged from a wreckage that had remained abandoned at a jetty in Onne, Rivers for some years now.

NPA MD commends port concession exercise for boosting operational efficiency, increase revenue

The concessioning of the nation’s seaports has brought about more efficient service delivery as well as increase in revenue generation by the Federal Government, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has said.

As’tele Hangout 3.0: Nigeria's creative art forms showcasing society

Tosin and Esther in a performance
On its third edition, As’tele Hangout has added its voice to the rest of the ‘talking society’ through dances, traditional poetry (ewi), spoken word, drumming and several other creative arts, to showcase the realities of society today.

Customs Airport Command hands over seized $50 million USD to EFCC

…Declares N29 bn revenue collected in six months

The Murtala Mohammed Airport Command of the Nigeria Customs Service on Friday announced the seizure and handing over of 50 million United States Dollars to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC), as witnessed by the operatives of the Department of State Services in Lagos. 

UK presents Clean Maritime Plan

The UK government has published the Clean Maritime Plan, an ambitious plan to cut pollution from the countrys maritime sector.

Customs Revenue: Tin –Can Command collects over N179.2 bn in six months

... Handles 150,930.7 metric tons of export 

The Tin-Can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service on Thursday said it generated a total revenue of N179.2 billion between January and July 10th 2019. 

Photo News: ACP Bode Ojajuni visits Rotary Club Ikoyi

Assistant Commissioner of Police, Bode Ojajuni, who is in charge of  Area A, Lion Building, Lagos, visited the Rotary Club Falomo, Ikoyi as Guest  Speaker on Security and kidnapping, Thursday morning.

ACP Bode  Ojajuni(Middle), to his   Right is Rotarian Peter Nwaochei, the Vice President, on the extreme left is the former President, Rot. Ndubuisi Okaro and to his  immediate left is the current President, 
Rotarian Julie Nkanga.

Photo News: WIMA visits NPA HQ

The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman (middle), the Director General, Nigeria Chamber of Shipping, Obiageli Obi (left), President Women In Maritime (WIMA, Nigeria) Hajia Bola Muse (right), during a working visit on the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), at the NPA Corporate Headquarters in Marina, Lagos.

US Trade Agency to fund design, feasibility of Starzs Shipyard expansion

…Project incorporates shipbuilding, ship repairs & ship breaking

Engr. Greg Ogbeifun, CEO, Starzs Group

The Starzs Group dream project on its shipyard expansion has attracted a promise for funding the initial design and feasibility, courtesy of the United States Trade Agency.

League of Maritime Editors writes N’Assembly, EFCC over House Committee’s shoddy oversight functions In CRFFN, seeks fresh probe

The League of Maritime Editors and Publishers has written the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabimiala, over a shoddy oversight function carried out by the immediate past House Committee on Ports, Harbour and Waterways (PHW) chaired by Hon. Pat Asadu on the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) early last year, demanding a fresh probe to unravel the truth.

Customs ordered to pay N5.5bn to importer over seizure of 90 containers of rice

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday ordered the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to pay an importer the sum of N5.5 billion damages for seizure and detention of 90 containers of imported rice.

Court ruling oil rigs as vessels will boost maritime activities, create more jobs, says Dakuku

Dr. Dakuku Peterside, DG NIMASA
The Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has commended the judgement of the Federal High Court in the case involving Seadrill Mobile Unit Nigeria Limited and the Federal Ministry of Transportation (FMOT), which confirmed NIMASA’s right to collect fees from drilling operations.

Apapa Customs Command nets N203bn revenue in H1’19

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Apapa Area Command on Tuesday made public its collected revenue of N203 billion in the first half of 2019, indicating about 15 per cent increase  against  the N176.7 billion collected in the corresponding period of 2018. 

IMB: West African Waters world’s worst for pirate attacks

The seas around West Africa remain the world’s most dangerous for piracy, the International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) latest report reveals.

Customs Officer promotes self to top rank, wants CGC position

An Assistant Superintendent of Customs identified as  Nura Dalhatu on Monday reported to duty dressed in the uniform and rank of a Deputy Comptroller General  of Customs, a top rank before becoming a Comptroller General.

CIoTA ACT, a victory for Nigerian Transport Industry- Dr. Jamoh

L-R: Deputy National President, 1, The Chartered Institute of Transport Administration of Nigeria, Mr. Darlington Ofor; National President, Dr. Bashir Jamoh; Deputy National President, 2, Prof. Calitus Ibe; and  National Vice President, Dr. Oluropo Owolabi, at a press conference of CIOTA in Lagos

The President of the Chartered Institute of Transport Administration of Nigeria (CIOTA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, has said that the signing into law of the Act establishing CIOTA by President Muhammadu Buhari ushers in a new direction for the entire transport sector of Nigeria.

Environment: LAWMA shuts Sangotedo Market, warns others against indiscriminate dumping of refuse

File photo of a dirty market environment in Lagos
Business activities at Sangotedo Market, Eti Osa, Lagos State have been put on hold by the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), due to indiscriminate dumping of refuse and poor hygiene practices by traders, resulting in serious environmental problem in the area.

Shipowner seeks tax policy review, steel industry revitalisation to encourage investments in shipbuilding

Engr. Greg Ogbeifun, CEO Starzs Group

A shipowner and Chief Executive Officer of Starzs Group, Engr. Greg Ogbeifun, has called on the Federal Government to consider a review of its tax policies as well begin a revitalisation of the steel industry if the proposed ban on  importation of certain categories of vessels for caboatge trade is to be effective.

Obaseki, Omatseye to speak at 2019 MMS Transport Leadership Lecture

Edo State Governor, Gov Godwin Obaseki 

The Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki and the former President of African Ship-owners Association, Barr. Temisan Omatseye, will lead a delegation of transport veterans to the 2019 Kings Transport Leadership Lecture and Awards.

Lagos Archery inaugurates 25 new clubs, honours eminent personalities as patrons

L-R: Board Chairman, Lagos State Archery Association, ACP Bode Ojajuni,
and Prof. Tunde Makanju, Guest Speaker of the event on Saturday.

The Board of the Lagos State Archery Association on Saturday inaugurated 16 new, four existing clubs and five schools clubs as well as the investiture of new Patrons.

SIFAX Group appoints Executive Director, Group CSO

(Left)Mr. Edward Ndahi, new Group Chief Security Officer of Sifax Group,
  and Capt. Ibraheem Olugbade, Executive Director of Sifax Group.

SIFAX Group, a group of companies with investment in Maritime, Aviation, Oil & Gas, Haulage & Logistics, Financial Services and Hospitality, has announced the appointment of Captain Ibraheem Olugbade and Mr. Edward Ndahi as Executive Director and Group Chief Security Officer.

Dockworkers Union suspends 3-day industrial action

File Photo

The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has suspended its industrial action, which had entered the third day on Friday.

Buhari signs Bill establishing Chartered Institute of Transport Administration, Nigeria

Dr. Bashir Jamoh, President of CIoTA

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the Bill for an Act establishing the Chartered Institute of Transport Administration,  Nigeria (CIOTA).

President Buhari signs Anti-Piracy Bill

       ... Act will check maritime criminality, boost blue economy, says Dakuku

President Muhammadu Buhari has given his assent to the Suppression of Piracy and other Maritime Offences Bill, 2019, in an unprecedented move billed to bring a dramatic improvement in security on the country’s territorial waters and exclusive economic zone. 

Nigeria to sign AfCFTA

The Nigerian Government on Tuesday agreed to signing the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) at the upcoming Extraordinary Summit of the African Union in the Nigerien capital city, Niamey.

Africa’s small-scale fisheries critical to food security

Credit: African Development Bank

Africa’s small-scale fisheries play a critical role in global food security and must be supported with greater research and investment, say international and African experts.

NIMASA tops chart in Port, Flag State Control

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has topped the chart on Port and Flag State Control in the West and Central Africa Sub-Region, in the continued pursuit of its mission of staying ahead of the game in maritime administration.

Maritime workers vow to go ahead with strike at Nigeria’s seaports

The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) on Tuesday said it would go on with its resolve to embark on an industrial action following the refusal by the International Oil Companies in Nigeria to pay stevedoring wages to dockworkers appointed by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).

Nigeria’s education sector needs improved funding, books, journals, fellowships at higher level—Prof Okome

       ...encourages graduate students on purposeful study culture

L-R: Professors Mojubaolu Okome, Abosede George and Oyeronke Oyewunmi at the 4th Annual Lagos Studies Association Conference, University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos from June 25- June 29th, 2019.

A Nigerian-born Professor of Political Science, African and Women Studies at the Brooklyn College, New York, Mojubaolu Okome, is advocating improvement in the quality of Nigerian Universities, particularly in funding, well-stocked libraries with relevant books and journals as well as access to fellowship programmes for graduate students.

Seme Customs intercepts N3m worth of bottled water allegedly smuggled by Chinese nationals

The Nigeria Customs Service, Seme Border Command, has seized a total of   7,524 bottles of water concealed in cartons packaged as human hair and smuggled into the country from Benin Republic.

Passenger boat carried beyond its capacity, says NIWA on Badore-Ikorodu boat accident

… Arrests people involved in careless operation of boat

The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) on Tuesday said investigations into the boat mishap on 29th June, 2019 on the Lagos Lagoon between Badore in Ajah(Eti – Osa Local Government Area) and Egbin (Ikorodu L.G.A) was primarily caused by over-loading of the boat.

Nigerian tour operators go emotional during visit to Ghana’s Slave Castle

Some Nigerian tour operators became emotional during their visit to the Cape Coast Slave Castle museum at the Central Region of Ghana.

Shipping: Nigeria will lead in redressing gender inequality – NIMASA DG

Wife of the Vice President of Nigeria, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo flanked by Chairman, Ship-owners Forum, Mrs Margaret Orakwusi (right) and Chairman, Seaports Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN), Princess (Dr.) Vicky Haastrup (left) during the 2019 Day of the Seafarer, held in Lagos.

In response to growing concerns about the global gender imbalance in the maritime industry, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has moved to redress the situation through deliberate steps designed to accommodate women.

SIFAX Photo News: The Next Titan Show

 L-R: Fela Ibidapo, Head, Corporate Communications, Heritage Bank; Mide Kunle-Akinlaja, Executive Producer, The Next Titan; Jumoke Oduwole, Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on Industry, Trade and Investment; Adekunle Oyinloye, Group Managing Director, SIFAX Group and Kyari Bukar, Judge, The Next Titan at The Next Titan milestone evening and unveiling of the show’s Season 6.

17 feared dead in Lagos boat mishap

File photo
Seventeen persons have been feared dead after being declared missing in the aftermath of a boat capsize on Saturday night, after the boat left the Ipakan boat jetty, Egbin, Ikorodu area of Lagos State.