Nigeria, Benin Republic, Niger for joint border patrol against smuggling

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A joint patrol team comprising Nigeria, Benin and Niger Republic will set up a date for the opening of the borders, the countries said on Thursday.

Education biggest instrument for eradicating poverty- NIMASA DG

… As NIMASA donates educational materials to Schools

 Executive Director Finance and Administration NIMASS(Middle) Dr. Bashir Jamoh, 2nd right Sa'adatu Bello Principal, GGSS, Kofar Gayan. 1st right ;Isa Sani Director Science Technology and Vocational Education, Ministry of Education Katsina State representing Dikko College Pilot Katsina. Second Right:Talatu Usman Principal GGDSS Bakura Zamfara State. 1st left: Aliyu Mohammed Mangwabsa Head European languages and chairman college admission committee of Dr. Yusuf Bala Usman Collage Daura, Katsina State in a group photograph after the presentation of school materials by NIMASA to the beneficiary schools in the North East Zone.

The Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has supported education as the only way to eradicating poverty in the country.

IMO’s GreenVoyage-2050 Project gets USD 4.3 Mn boost from Norway

Norway has provided an additional NOK 40 million (USD 4.3. million) to the IMO-Norway GreenVoyage-2050 project, a project aiming at supporting greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions.

Photos: WISTA Nigeria gets international recognition

The Women's International Shipping and Trading Association(WISTA) Nigeria recently got recognised by the International body of the association for its commitment to empowering women in maritime.  

President of WISTA Nigeria, Mrs. Mary  Madu Hamman 

Dakuku Peterside advocates intercontinental collaboration in maritime trade for Africa's growth

…AS AAMA bags global award
L - R) Jens O. Floe, Chief Executive Officer, Red Sea Gateway Terminal, Nneka O. Obianyor, Nigeria’s Registrar of Ships, Emmanuel Alfred, Special Assistant to the Director-General/CEO, NIMASA, Angela Safo-Kantanka, Deputy Director, Ghana Maritime authority and Bob Jaques, Editor, Seatrade Maritime Review

The Chairman of the Association of African Maritime Administrations (AAMA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has stated that intercontinental collaboration is essential to the growth of maritime in Africa.

FG approves N1.7 bn for Bonny Island Jetty

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

The Federal Executive Council has approved the sum of N1.7 billion for the construction of the Bonny Jetty in River State.

OMSL: Industry stakeholder wants facts to back claims on SAA operations

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As discussions concerning the stoppage of the Secure Anchorage Area (SAA) services offered by Ocean Marine Solutions continues, founder of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Dr. Boniface Aniebonam,  has asked that the records be set straight with facts.

Lagos considers more patronage of local boat builders

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Local boat builders will enjoy more patronage from the Lagos State Government, the Managing Director of the Lagos State Ferry Services (LAGFERRY), Mr. Abdoulbaq Ladi-Balogun, has assured.

Nigeria to mainstream maritime sector for economic development- Amaechi

  • ·   Better understanding of maritime transportation will facilitate economic growth –     Dakuku
  • ·       IMO reiterates commitment to assisting member states on UN 2030 SDG Agenda

L–R: Prof. Martin Ndende, Senior Regional Adviser, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA); Mr. Juvenal Shiundu, Director, Technical Cooperation Division, International Maritime Organisation (IMO); Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA); Mr. Carlos Salgado, Head, Latin America & The Caribbean Section, Technical Cooperation Division, IMO at the opening of a two-day Regional Workshop on UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework: A process to mainstream the maritime sector organised by NIMASA in conjunction IMO and UNECA) in Lagos.

The Honourable Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has disclosed that the Federal Government of Nigeria will ensure the maritime sector gets into the mainstream of economic strategy as it will engender economic growth and prosperity.

ITF calls for urgent action to tackle rising piracy in Gulf of Guinea

On the back of two piracy attacks on vessels in Gulf of Guinea last week, the International Transport Workers’ Federation called for urgent global and regional cooperation to fight piracy in the region.

LAWMA appeals to residents to patronize PSP operators

MD of LAWMA, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin

The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has called on residents to properly dispose of their domestic wastes by bagging them and patronizing assigned PSP operators.

Singapore Ship Registry reaches 95 million GT milestone

The Singapore Registry of Ships (SRS) has crossed the 95 million gross ton (GT) milestone, maintaining its position among the top five registries in the world.

The Torremolinos Declaration: Nigeria’s quest for operational safety, protection of her ocean resources against IUU fishing

Mrs Margaret Orakwusi, and Engr. Emmanuel Ilori
Nigeria’s signing of the Torremolinos Declaration in Spain recently was an expression of her determination to support the provisions seeking safety standards for fishing vessels and fishing operations as demanded by the International Maritime Organisation.  

Why key stakeholders support OMS Secure Anchorage Area services

…Arguments show firm not using govt vessels for its business
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Some concerned stakeholders in the shipping sub-sector have spoken in support of the Secure Anchorage Area (SAA) services being provided for vessels, which they said guarantees protection for foreign vessels at no cost to the government or any of its agencies.

NIMASA donates relief materials to flood victims in Rivers

 ...Reaffirms commitment to welfare of displaced persons                             

L-R: Head, Procurement, NIMASA, Mr. Obom Otonye; Director, Special Duties, NIMASA, Hajia Lami Tumaka; South-South Zonal Coordinator of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr. Wilson I. Brandon; Zonal Coordinator, Eastern Zone, NIMASA, Heaky Dimowo; and Yusuf Nadabo of NIMASA’s Port Harcourt office, during the presentation of relief materials to Internationally Displaced Persons (IDP’s) in Rivers State, at the South-South zonal store of NEMA in Port Harcourt.

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has restated its commitment to the wellbeing of victims of disaster in the country. 

Nigerian Shippers Council backs border closure, insists neighbouring countries respect ECOWAS Protocol

The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) at the weekend convened a meeting of stakeholders in the maritime industry to review issues concerning the Federal Government’s action on border closure, while stating its position of support for the government in the interest of the nation’s economy.

Nigeria expects boost in commerce with Wagon Assembly Plant in Ogun, says Osinbajo

    *At least 5000 jobs to be created- Transportation Minister, Amaechi 

Nigeria's Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo(left) with the Hon. Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi on occasion of the ground breaking ceremony for Wagon Assembly Plant in Kajola, Ogun State.

The Federal Government has expressed confidence that commerce will receive a boost both in Nigeria and on the African continent when the railway projects across the country is completed.

Dangers of boat abandonment, and need for NIWA to salvage its watercrafts immediately—Olu Akinsoji

Engr. Olu Akinsoji

1. An owner of vessels who allow his vessels to be idle (See here) lacks sufficient knowledge to own vessels and should not be in the business of shipping or water transportation.

NPA pledges commitment to enabling business environment at ports

MD NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman

The Nigerian Ports Authority has assured of its commitment to creating an enabling environment at the ports for effective service delivery.

SIFAX Photo News

Mr. Victor Olotu, Acting Head, Business Development and Strategic Planning, SIFAX Group was guest judge on The Next Titan Boardroom session recently. He was saddled with the responsibility of judging the contestants who had been given a task of teaching entrepreneurship to students using SIFAX Group as a case study.

L-R: Chris Parks, Judge, The Next Titan; Tonye Cole, Judge, The Next Titan; Kyari Bukar, Lead Judge, The Next Titan and Hon. Victor Olotu, Acting Head, Business Development and Strategic Planning and Guest Judge at The Next Titan’s board room session which was held recently.

NPA Photo News

The House of Representatives Committee on Ports and Harbours paid a Maiden working visit to the Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority at the Corporate Headquarters in Lagos. 

The Representative of the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Mohammed Bello- Koko (standing 10th from left), Chairman, House of Rep. Committee on Ports and Harbours, Hon. Garba Datti Muhammad (standing 11th from left), top Management of NPA, House of Rep. Committee Members at the occasion.

Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria to embark on industrial action over poor access roads to Ports

Credit: Onepageafrica Archive 

The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has declared its resolution to embark on a strike soon if the port access roads remain in their dilapidated state.

Nigeria Customs stops fuel supply to filling stations around land borders

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has suspended the supply of petroleum products to filling stations within 20 kilometres of all the nation’s borders. 

NIWA Boats: For sale, scrapping or refitting?

How maritime court can deal with piracy, other crimes at sea —Nigerian Navy

The Chief  of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas

The establishment of a maritime court has become very important for the immediate and adequate management of cases connected with piracy and other crimes at sea, in order to ease the burden of keeping suspects or vessels arrested to that effect.

National Maritime Transport Policy key to development - Dakuku Peterside

… As Stakeholders review National Maritime Transport Policy
… Industry Players commend NIMASA all-inclusiveness approach 

DG NIMASA, Dr, Dakuku Peterside
A national policy on maritime and cooperation among stakeholders will engender economic growth, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has stated.

FG to establish local Railway/Rolling Stock Assembly, Manufacturing Plant in Kajola, Nigeria

A model of the Railway Plant

The Honourable Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, will on Saturday 9th of November, 2019 accompany the Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof.  Yemi  Osibanjo, to the groundbreaking ceremony of the planned Railway Wagon Assembly  Plant in Kajola, Ogun State.

Olu Akinsoji's thoughts on IUU fishing in Nigeria

Engr. Olu Akinsoji
By Olu Akinsoji
Let me support Margaret Orakwusi on her insistence on government action against poaching (See here)  in our territorial and exclusive economic zone EEZ. 

Four seafarers kidnapped from Greek Tanker off Togo

Armed pirates have kidnapped four crew members from a Greece-flagged tanker off the coast of Togo, the Hellenic Coast Guard confirmed.

Margaret Orakwusi still speaking out against IUU fishing in Nigeria

... Commends Ghana Authority's action over arrest and fine of perpetrator 

Mrs Margaret Orakwusi
The arrest and fine charged a trawler owner in Ghana recently, over  an issue of illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing activities have obviously further established the seriousness attached to addressing the issue as it affects fish and fisheries in Africa.

Royal Father Marine Engineer encourages daughter on career at sea

HRH Obi Obiora Nwabuikwu, the Obiatuegwu 11 of Umuatuegwu-Okija, Anambra State

His Royal Highness, Obi Obiora Nwabuikwu, the Obiatuegwu 11 of Umuatuegwu- Okija, Anambra State, is gladly encouraging his youngest daughter for a career in marine engineering, according to her choice.

AMES plans wider scope for summit to address more issues in Nigeria’s maritime industry

...Recognises Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron as bedrock of manpower development for maritime industry in Nigeria

HRH Obi Obiora Nwabuikwu(fourth from right) hosting members of the Association of Marine Engineers and Surveyors
at his Lagos Residence

As part of its value contribution to further developing the maritime industry in Nigeria, the Association of Marine Engineers and Surveyors (AMES) will be expanding its scope in its future Summits, to enable it discuss and proffer possible solutions to problem areas.

SIFAX Group boss challenges African businesses on playing in the global market

L-R: Yasmin Kumi, Managing Director, Africa Foresight Group presenting an award to Mr. Adekunle Oyinloye, Group Managing Director, SIFAX Group after his keynote speech at the maiden edition of the Africa@Scale 2019 Conference held at Oxford University, United Kingdom

Mr. Adekunle Oyinloye, Group Managing Director, SIFAX Group, has urged businesses on the African continent to dream big by taking advantage of emerging opportunities on the global stage.

LAWMA to decommission Olusosun, Solous landfill sites

Newly renovated Simpson Transfer Loading Station (TLS), Sura, Lagos Island

The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), has concluded plans to decommission its landfill sites at Olusosun and Solous, due to urban encroachment and increased human activities around the areas.

Ghanaian trawler owner to pay US$1m fine for IUU fishing

Ghanaian authorities have imposed a US$1 million fine on a local fishing company after the crew of one of its vessels were discovered to have engaged in illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

Dakuku advocates dedicated cargo ports

DG NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside 

As Africa continues to consider strategies for improving the efficiency of shipping in the continent, the Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has suggested the introduction of designated ports to handle particular cargoes.