Photo: NPA, Customs hold talks on overtime cargo at Lagos Port

          Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman (Middle), the Comptroller General of Nigeria Custom Service (NCS)  Colonel Hameed Ali (Rtd.)on the left, and the Executive Director, Marine & Operations, (NPA), Dr. Sokonte Huttin Davies (on the right)during a Stakeholders meeting on overtime cargo at the Lagos Ports Complex in Lagos.

Environment and IMO Sulphur Cap: Nigeria must first address local environmental degradation- Shipowner

Engr. Greg Ogbeifun, CEO Starzs Group

With the proposed implementation of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) sulphur regulation on emissions from ships just around the corner, January 1, 2020, the shipping world is certainly also preparing for compliance with the sulphur benchmark allowed in emission from ships.

Navy begins maritime exercise in Nigerian Waters

File Photo: Nigeria's Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas

A 5- day combined naval exercise code-named GRAND AFRICAN NEMO (Navy exercise for maritime operations) has been flagged off in Nigerian waters.

Coordinated by the French Navy, GRAND AFRICAN NEMO 2019 involves the participation of four Nigerian Navy ships and a helicopter.

Nigerian wins global maritime essay competition

· NIMASA DG, Others meet to advance world maritime   

A Nigerian, Iorliam Simon Tersoo, has won the Future Maritime Leaders essay competition organised by the Global Maritime Forum. 

SIFAX Group, LASG collaborate to dispose containers of frozen fish

SIFAX Group on Tuesday said that it had concluded arrangements with the relevant Lagos State Government agencies to dispose five containers of bad fish at one of its terminals in Lagos.

Interview: GoG needs International task force as was done with Gulf of Aden--Omatseye

Mr. Temisan Omatseye

Regarding the Gulf of Guinea(GoG) security, Maritime Lawyer and a former Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Mr. Temisan Omatseye, is of the opinion that an international task force should be drafted to the region like it was done in the Gulf of Aden, which has for some time now experienced more peace compared to what it used to be.

Demand for scrubbers to last at least 30 years, EGCSA says

EGCS Director, Donald Gregory

In less than 70 days the International Maritime Organization’s 2020 sulphur cap will kick in, bringing with it a number of changes in the shipping industry.

Lagos State has zero tolerance for indiscriminate waste disposal- LAWMA

A resident arrested for indiscriminate disposal of waste in Aboru, Lagos State

The Lagos State government has reiterated total intolerance of illegal and reckless waste disposal, in unauthorised places.

One dead as port truck drivers, task force officials clash in Lillypond

…NPA operational vehicles burnt

Burnt vehicles at Lillypond on Thursday

One person confirmed to be a truck driver reportedly lost his life in an early morning clash that happened on Thursday between port operations truck drivers at the Lillypond Truck Transit Part in Ijora, Apapa, and officials of the Lagos State Task Force on the environment.

FG signs MoU with Russia on rail modernisation in Nigeria

The Honourable Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, and the CEO/Chairman, Joint Stock Company Russian Railway, Oleg Belozerov. during the signing of Memorandum of Understanding between the joint Stock Company Russian Railway and Federal Ministry of Transportation of the Federal Republic of  Nigeria, in Sochi Russia.

The Federal Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Russia for the development and modernisation of rail infrastructure in Nigeria.

Maritime Sector to hold 'Night of Tributes' for departed Promise Anaroke

Mrs. Promise Anaroke, departed  Wife of MMS Plus Newspaper Publisher 

As part of efforts to pay homage to the late Mrs. Promise Anaroke, wife of the CEO/ Editor-in-Chief of MMS Plus newspapers, Mr. Kingsley Anaroke, maritime industry stakeholders have set aside November 7th, 2019 for a night of tributes.

Photos: Stakeholders sign MoU on Lekki Deep Seaport Project

Standing left is the Executive Director, Marine & Operations, NPA Dr. Sokonte Huttin Davies, at extreme left stands the Executive Governor of Lagos State, His Excellency, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and other dignitaries at the event.

Ships: IMO increases awareness on Sulphur 2020

...Encourages cooperation among stakeholders

IMO Secretary-General, Kitack Lim

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has intensified the awareness among stakeholders, on the proposed sulphur emission cuts from ships to a limit of 0.5% m/m (mass by mass) for those operating outside designated emission control areas, while those in designated emission control areas would remain at 0.10% by 1 January, 2020.

Collaboration, Cooperation, Good Governance great strategy against piracy in GoG—Igbokwe

Mike Igbokwe, SAN

Renowned Maritime Lawyer, Mike Igbokwe, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, is confident that the Global Maritime Security Conference(#GMSC2019) held in Nigeria recently will be a ‘game-changer’, considering key take-aways, particularly the resolution for collaboration among States within the Gulf of Guinea(GoG) to tackle the threat of piracy.

Nigeria to get 20 new coaches in 6 weeks, says Transportation Minister, Amaechi

Twenty new coaches are to arrive Nigeria in six weeks for the Abuja-Kaduna and the Lagos-Ibadan rail lines, the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has confirmed.

Photos: Nigeria signs Torremolinos Declaration on fishing vessels safety standards

Nigeria's Delegation to the IMO Ministerial Conference in Spain, where Nigeria signed the Torremolinos Declaration on fishing vessels safety standards and fisheries on Monday.

Arts: Indigo Reimagined opens in Alara

Take this opportunity to see a selection of creative works by Peju Layiwola, a Professor of Arts History at the University of Lagos.

How NIMASA is ensuring effective ballast water management

Dr. Felicia Mogo, Director of Marine Environment Protection, NIMASA

Creating awareness among stakeholders and fostering partnerships for implementation and enforcement of legal provisions are some of the best approaches the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has adopted for effective ballast water management.

Who’s buying illegally-caught fishes from Africa’s waters? Orakwusi, Chairman Shipowners Forum, asks

Mrs. Margaret Orakwusi, Chairman, Shipowners Association

Although fisheries management has been identified as crucial for economic growth of African countries, a lot of challenges including illegal, unreported, unregulated (IUU) fishing still take place persistently. For former President of the Nigeria Trawler Owners Association (NITOA) Mrs. Margaret Orakwusi, a most significant concern in the illegalities connected with commercial fishing in Africa’s waters is the fact that there is a global market for the fishes caught in  "a most irresponsible manner’’ in the region by foreign trawler owners, who do as bad as pair trawling, an act that is known for depleting the resources.

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.