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.

LADOL MD gets P4G Award for Sustainable Special Economic Zones


 
Dr. Amy Jadesimi, (Middle) Mrs. Gail Klintworth (Right) and Mr. Robbie Marwick (Left) from Systemiq collected the P4G award for Sustainable Special Economic Zones recently in New York.​

The Managing Director of Lagos Deep Offshore Logistic Base, LADOL, Dr. Amy Jadesimi, alongside Mrs. Gail Klintworth and Mr. Robbie Marwick from Systemiq collected the P4G award for Sustainable Special Economic Zones.

MD NPA advocates women inclusivity in core maritime careers

MD NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman

The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman has called on stakeholders in maritime sector to include more women in professional services, in order to achieve a balance in the sector.

Germany Promotes Shore-Based Power to Cut Emissions in Ports



The German government is launching a set of measures to promote shore-generated power in an effort to make the country’s ports cleaner.

SIFAX Photo News: Dr. Taiwo Afolabi honoured for philanthropic services

Middle: Tobi Afolabi, Executive Director, Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited receiving the special recognition award from Chief Emeka Anyaoku, former Secretary General of the Commonwealth on behalf of Barr. (Dr.) Taiwo Afolabi, Group Executive Vice Chairman, SIFAX Group, with them is Captain Ibraheem Olugbade, Executive Director, SIFAX Off Dock.

NPA Photo News

The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman (2ND left), President WIMAFRICA-NIGERIA. Hajia Bola Muse (3rd left), the representative of the Hon. Minister of State for Transportation, Hajia Jumai Musa (right), the Director, Special Duties, Nigerian Maritime Safety Agency (NIMASA), Hajia Lami Tumaka (left), during the Annual Conference of WIMAFRICA-NIGERIA in Lagos.

Interview: How multi-pronged approach can improve GoG security- Effedua

Commodore Emmanuel Effedua(Rtd.)
Rector, Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, Akwa Ibom

Considering the Gulf of Guinea (GoG) in the eye of the storm, several suggestions have emerged from discussions at the Global Maritime Security Conference, on the security of the GoG as it remains very important to global trade.

NIMASA upholds Ballast Water Management Convention

DG of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside(Middle), in a group photograph with participants at the opening of the Regional Workshop on Ballast Water Management Convention in Lagos, Nigeria


The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has upheld the Convention on Ballast Water Management to ensure that foreign ships do not come to pollute the nation’s marine ecosystem with invasive species from  their ballast water.

Shipowners want zero piracy after GMSC, says Indigenous Shipowner, Aminu Umar



MD/CEO Sea Transport Group, Alh. Aminu Umar
An end to piracy and other crimes at sea are the necessary actions that shipowners are interested in, after the talks and agreements for collaborations among the states of the Gulf of Guinea, as a strategic approach against piracy in the area.

Why peace-building is strong benchmark for more secure shipping in Gulf of Guinea- NIMASA Board Chairman, Garba



NIMASA Board Chairman, Maj. Gen. Jonathan Garba(Rtd.)
With the just-concluded Global Maritime Security Conference (GMSC) that held in Abuja, Nigeria from Oct.7-9,  there are brighter indications of efforts to resuscitate old boatyards in Nigeria. Speaking in this interview during the conference, Maj. Gen. Jonathan Garba(Rtd.), the Board Chairman of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency(NIMASA) said that while the Gulf of Guinea States as well the global shipping community eye a more secure area as shipping trade continues, it is pertinent  for the states within the GoG to build peace, than consider paying for peace or buying peace later. 

Photos: SIFAX Group celebrates International Customer Service Week

Emmanuel Ogbor, Group HSE Manager, SIFAX Group educating the shipping agents on port terminal safety procedures during the 2019 International Customer Service Week celebration which was held at Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited

NPA Photo News

The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman (Middle) receives the trophy for the best overall team from the Chairman, Nigerian Ports Authority Sports Association (NIPOSA), Yahaya Bukar. To the left of the MD is the Executive Director, Marine & Operations, Dr. Sokonte Huttin Davies, while to her right is the Executive Director, Finance & Administration, Mohammed Bello Koko, with top Management of NPA and some team members during the occasion. 

Henrike Grohs Art Award 2020 with €20,000 star- prize opens Oct.15



The Henrike Grohs Art Award is a roving biennial art prize conceived by the Goethe-Institut and the Grohs family in memory of the former Head of Goethe- Institut in Abidjan, Henrike Grohs.

NPA says protesting pensioners’ group not recognised




  
The management of the Nigerian Ports Authority has said that the Nigerian Ports Authority Concerned Pensioners (NPACP) group is not known to any Nigerian law.

LAWMA trains sweepers’ supervisors



A resource person, Mr. Adeyinka Adebiyi, Director, Safety Training, Education and Skills Development, Lagos State Safety Commission, speaking to participants on basic safety at work place, during the 3-day capacity building for Highway/Streets sweepers’ supervisors, tagged Health and Safety, at Simpson Transfer Loading Station, Sura, Lagos, on Wednesday, 9th October, 2019.

The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has organized a three-day training program for highway sweepers’ supervisors in the state, to equip them with basic health and safety skills needed for optimal performance and safety at work.

GMSC: Move to treat maritime crime proceeds like blood diamonds

     …Information sharing, joint operations, key to security in GoG -UK
Honourable Minister of State for Transportation, Senator Gbemisola Saraki (Middle), Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ette-Ibas, (right), Director General, NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside (left) and other top government functionaries and participants at the just concluded Global Maritime Security Conference (GMSC), held in Abuja from October 7-9, 2019.  
Delegates at the Global Maritime Security Conference (GMSC) rose yesterday from the three days engagement from Monday 7th to Wednesday 9th October, at the International Conference Centre in Abuja, with a firm declaration to globally criminalise acts of insecurity and proceeds from illegal maritime activities from the zone as was with the case of the “Blood Diamonds.”

World Day Against the Death Penalty: HURILAWS, LEDAP draw attention to negative impact of death penalty on children


 
Google Photos
                                              
October 10, 2019, is world day against the death penalty. 
It is a day set aside every year to advocate for the abolition of the death penalty and raise awareness on the conditions and the circumstances which affect prisoners with a death sentence.

NPA Photo News

L-R: The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman and the leader of the Steering Committee Members of the Maritime Anti- Corruption Network (MACN), Soji Apampa, the Chief Executive Convention Business Integrity, when the Committee paid a working visit on the Management of the Authority at its Corporate Headquarters in Lagos.


The Abuja Declaration: Communique from the Global Maritime Security Conference 2019



R-L: Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers' Council, Mr. Hassan Bello, The DG, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Chief of Policy and Plan, Nigerian Navy, Rear Admiral Begroy Ibe-Enwo, Representative of Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Coordinator, Seas and Oceans Affairs, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Daniele Bosis during the International Press Conference at the end of the Global Maritime Security Conference (GMSC), held in Abuja from Oct. 7-9, 2019.  
Rising from a three-day conference on global maritime security, having delegates and participants from about 80 countries of the world, who sat in discussions of 11 different thematic sessions, the following resolutions were reached and adopted as communique:

UNODC commends Nigeria's efforts fighting maritime insecurity, drug smuggling in GoG

Mr. Oliver Stolpe(Right) and Mr. Giuseppe Sernia


The United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has scored Nigeria high on efforts and collaborations to tackle maritime insecurity and smuggling of hard drugs in the Gulf of Guinea. 

NIMASA Photo News

Minister of State for Transportation, Senator Gbemisola Ruqqayah Saraki, flanked by Director Admin and Human Resources, NIMASA, Hajia Aisha Jumai Musa (right) and Director, Special Duties, NIMASA, Hajia Lami Tumaka  at the ongoing Global Maritime Security Conference, hosted by Nigerian at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

2020 Sulphur Cuts: Availability of safe, compliant fuel still a concern





In view of the 0.5% global sulphur limit regulation implementation on January 1, 2020, the global availability of safe compliant fuels remains a key question that is largely still unanswered – especially for ships in the dry bulk tramp trades, according to Intercargo.

NIMASA Photo News

Minister of State for Transportation, Senator Gbemisola Ruqqayah Saraki (middle) in a photograph with some women in the maritime sector (from right), Dr. (Mrs.) Felicia Mogo, Mrs. Chinwe Ezenwa, Mrs. Mfon Usoro, (from left) Mrs. Irene Macfoy, Obiageli Obi and Mrs. Jean Anishere at the ongoing Global Maritime Security Conference, hosted by Nigerian at the International Conference Centre, Abuja. 

Nigeria seeks global cooperation against piracy, other crimes at sea

R–L: Dr. Dakuku Peterside, DG, NIMASA; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas; Ambassador Zubairu Dada, Nigeria Minister of State for Foreign Affairs; Nigeria Minister of State for Transportation, Gbemisola Ruqqayah Saraki; Representative of Minister of Defense, Hajia Nuratu Jimoh Batagarwa; and other naval representatives.



President Muhammadu Buhari has said the Federal Government remains determined to rid the country’s waters of all forms of criminality, stressing that with the cooperation of the international community, the entire maritime domain of the Gulf of Guinea (GoG) would be free from piracy.

How Nigeria can tap the wealth of its huge maritime resources-- Agbakoba

Dr. Olisa Agbakoba SAN

Nigeria urgently needs to overhaul its policy; regulatory, institutional and legal framework for the maritime sector,  in order to have the economy  benefit from its huge maritime resources, Dr. Olisa Agbakoba, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and  prominent Maritime Lawyer, has advised.

NPA Photo News: Global Customer Service Week


Representative of the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), the Executive Director, Marine & Operations, Dr. Sokonte Davies (3rd left) declaring the NPA Global Customer Service Week open. To the left of the MD' Rep is the General Manager, SERVICOM, Harirat Mohammed and other top Management of the Authority during the event at the Organisation’s Corporate Headquarters in Lagos.

Maritime Domain Security: Buhari calls for collective effort against piracy in GoG

R–L: Dr. Dakuku Peterside, DG, NIMASA; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas; Ambassador Zubairu Dada, Nigeria Minister of State for Foreign Affairs; Nigeria Minister of State for Transportation, Gbemisola Ruqqayah Saraki; Representative of Minister of Defense, Hajia Nuratu Jimoh Batagarwa; and other naval representatives.

President Muhammadu Buhari has called on stakeholders in the Gulf of Guinea to intensify their collective effort in the fight against pirate attacks and other crimes at sea in the Gulf of Guinea(GoG).

Why BUA Terminal was decommissioned- NPA

MD NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman


The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has stated that failure to honour some of the terms of the concession agreement was responsible for its decommissioning of Rivers Ports Terminal B being operated by Bua Ports and Terminals Ltd.

38 Navies, 27 Coast Guards Expected at Global Maritime Security Confab – Dakuku


v Forum to produce Declaration on Maritime Security in Gulf of Guinea

Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside
Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, says a robust collection of international maritime security stakeholders have confirmed their attendance at the Global Maritime Security Conference (GMSC) scheduled to hold in Abuja from 
October 7 to 9. 

The conference is organised to address pertinent security issues in the Gulf of Guinea maritime domain.

Why Nigeria’s borders will remain closed for now--Oshiomole




The nation’s borders are to remain closed until neighbouring countries comply with trade protocols as provided under the agreement of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in the regard.

The Ocean Cleanup to start designing its next system




The Ocean Cleanup has revealed that it will begin to design its next ocean cleanup system, System 002; a full scale cleanup system that is able to both endure and retain the collected plastic for long periods of time.

Photos: Seafarers hold Service of Songs in honour of Late Engr. James Taiwo Ajayi

On Wednesday, Seafarers gathered for a Service of Songs at the Mission to Seafarers on Marine Road, Apapa, to honour one of theirs, Engr. James Taiwo Ajayi, who slept in the Lord on August 28, 2019, aged 72 years.
Late Engr. James Taiwo Ajayi

NPA Photo News

The MD NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman Addressing Stakeholders at an Interactive Session in Port Harcourt, Rivers State

LAWMA engages 20 physically- challenged persons as sweepers


One of the challenged persons newly employed by the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) as sweepers, sweeping a pedestrian bridge in the Lagos metropolis.

The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has engaged the services of 20 challenged persons as sweepers of pedestrian bridges across the state.

LADOL doing great for female entrepreneurs through UNGA WeEmpower Challenge

 Dr. Amy Jadesimi (MD LADOL) third from right, standing
at the back in a group photograph   



The Managing Director of LADOL Free Zone, Dr. Amy Jadesimi was one of the five industry leaders chosen to select the winner of the Global WeEmpower  Female Entrepreneurship challenge at the just-concluded United Nations General Assembly week in New York.

FG crystalizes Cross River Deep Seaport project with OBC issuance



L-R: DG ICRC, Chidi Izuwa, the  Hon. Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi,
 and Gov. Ben Ayade at the handing over of the OBC for Cross River Deep Seaport project

The Federal Government on Monday handed over the Outline Business Case(OBC) certificate to the Cross Rover State Government, which is part of documents  required for the construction of its deep seaport .