Low-sulfur fuel sales rise as Shipping Industry responds to IMO 2020

The final quarter of 2019 marked a massive decline of high-sulfur fuel oil (HSFO) sales as the industry transitioned into compliance with the IMO 2020 sulphur cap, according to international shipping association BIMCO.

NRC resumes Lagos-Ogun train service soon

The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) says its suspended Lagos–Ogun mass transit train service will resume operations soon.

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L-R: Winnie Uloghobui, Executive Assistant, Bravo Points International, Producers of The Next Titan Show; Adekunle Oyinloye, Group Managing Director, SIFAX Group; Amifeoluwa Yakubu, Winner, The Next Titan, Season 6; Mide Kunle-Akinlaja, Executive Producer, Bravo Points International, Producers of The Next Titan Show; Adetutu Folashade, Executive Assistant, Bravo Points International, Producers of The Next Titan show and Olumuyiwa Akande, Group Head, Corporate Communications, SIFAX Group at The Next Titan appreciation visit to SIFAX Group head office recently.

Maritime can strengthen Nigeria’s economy – Dangote

·        Now is time for Investors to key in – Women Affairs Minister

Alhaji Aliko Dangote, President, Dagote Group of Companies

The President of Dangote Group of Companies, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has identified the maritime industry as a key element in the efforts to restimulate the Nigerian economy. 

Customs FOU ‘A’ seizes N67m contraband in one week

Some of the seized items

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘A’, on Wednesday disclosed that it intercepted contraband worth N67 million between January 7 and 14.

Marine setting pace for prosperous Nigerian Economy

...Awards now Maritime Industry Oscars, says SIFAX Vice Chairman

Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, Group Vice Chairman, SIFAX Group
The numerous transformative initiatives introduced in the maritime sector by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) have established a standard that other sectors have to follow in the drive for national economic prosperity over the next decade. 

Navy arrests six suspects, 1,439 bags of smuggled rice

...Commissions female hostel in Cross River

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The Nigerian Navy, Forward Operating Base (FOB), Ibaka, Mbo Council, Akwa Ibom State, has arrested six suspected smugglers and seized 1,439 bags of smuggled rice from them.

Effective call-up system: Shippers' Council tasks terminal operators on figure of trucks they can accept daily

Executive Sec. Nigerian Shippers' Council, Mr. Hassan Bello

The Nigerian Shippers’ Council has called on terminal operators at the nation’s seaports to be precise on the number of trucks they can accept into their terminals daily, in order to ensure an effective truck call-up system.

Senator seeks probe of Nigeria Customs over N1.6 bn spent on recruitment exercise of 3,200 personnel

The CGC, Retired Col. Hameed Ali

The Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Customs, Ade Fadahunsi, has called for probe of the Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali, accusing him of paying N1.6 billion to a consultant for the recruitment of 3,200 personnel into the service.

Lagos-Ibadan railway ready for commissioning May- Amaechi

The Honourable Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi

The Honourable Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has disclosed plans for the commencement of the Lagos-Ibadan railway service in May.

2 Ships fail to comply with IMO 2020 in Chinese Waters

Since the beginning of January 2020, the Chinese Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) has found two ships in Chinese waters to be in breach of new sulphur regulations as they were using non-compliant fuel, the Standard P&I club said.

Hajia Lami Tumaka: Drawing the curtain on a meritorious career

Hajia Lami Tumaka

By Daniel Kajo

After 22 years of meritorious service to the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Hajia Lami Tumaka bows out today upon attainment of the mandatory retirement age of 60. 

Dockworkers at Fremantle Container Terminal go on new strike

Two hundred wharfies at DP World’s container terminal in Fremantle, Australia, have stopped work for 24 hours, accusing the company of failing to bargain in good faith as negotiations for a new workplace agreement drag on for more than 15 months.

Customs Area II Command Onne Port collects N107.3 bn revenue, surpassing target by 112%

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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Area II Command, Onne Port, Rivers State has generated over ₦107,336,142,823.59 as revenue from duty paid on imported goods in 2019.

We have greatly spurred economic growth, typified change – NIMASA DG

… As Final Billing Regime, Effective Maritime Security, Major Economic Landmarks Take Root

…To Honour Stakeholders to Encourage Increase in Maritime Investments

Director-General NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside (middle); flanked by Executive Director, Operations, Engr. Rotimi Fashakin (second right); Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Dr. Bashir Jamoh (second left), Director, Admin and Human Resources, Hajia Aisha Musa (left), and Director, Special Duties, Reform Coordination and Technical Cooperation, Mrs. Rita Uruakpa (right), at a recent press conference ahead of NIMASA’s Corporate Dinner and Awards ceremony.

The Director-General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has said the Agency’s regulatory and promotional activities have been a major economic stimulus for the country, especially in the last one year.

Ecuadorian Navy finds 88 parcels of cocaine aboard containership at Puerto Bolivar

Ecuadorian authorities have discovered eighty-eight parcels of cocaine on board a containership in Puerto Bolivar.

Government College Ughelli Old Boys Celebrate School at 75

… Amb Clark, JP Clark, Peter Enahoro, Itse Sagay, Festus Keyamo, Olisa  Agbakoba,       others get Leading Light Award in humanities

L-R: Sec. Gen of GCUOBA, Mr. Roy Odoko, PG of GCUOBA, Arc. Charles Majoroh, and National Publicity Sec., Mr.  Obed Awowede

Government College Ughelli Old Boys Association (GCUOBA) will mark the Platinum Anniversary (75 Years) of the school on its Founder's Day Reunion and Annual General Meeting (AGM) holding at the College  premises on Wednesday, 15th January 2020 in Ughelli, Delta State.

NIMASA expands resources to deepen marine environment management

    …Remodels marine pollution lab for analysis

As one of its primary responsibilities, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has improved a number of its resources to further manage the marine environment, particularly in prevention of marine pollution from shipping activities.

SIFAX Group to support Nigerian farmers on produce export

 R-L: Adekunle Oyinloye, Group Managing Director, SIFAX Group; Olaniyi Adigun, Executive Director, Sales and Marketing with another guest at the 'Meet the Farmers; Conference held in Dubai recently

SIFAX Group, with its investment in Maritime, Aviation, Oil & Gas, Haulage & Logistics, Financial Services and Hospitality, has assured Nigerian farmers willing to export their agricultural produce of its readiness to support them.

Prof Chukwuemeka Ike dies at 89

Late Prof. Chukwuemeka Ike

Prof. Chukwuemeka Ike, one of Nigeria’s finest novelists and traditional ruler of  Ndikelionu Community in Orumba, Anambra State, is dead.

Border Closure : Nigeria Customs Service collects N1.3 trl revenue in 2019

                              Hits N7 bn daily revenue collection 

CGC, Col. Hameed Ali(Rtd.)
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Thursday announced a revenue figure of N1, 341,690, 568,327 trillion collected in 2019, a performance it attributed to the partial border closure.

Suspected bandits kidnap four customs officers in Katsina

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Suspected bandits have kidnapped four officers of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State.

NIMASA set to honour maritime stakeholders to energize blue economy

Dakuku says it will encourage more investors

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is set to again honour stakeholders at the annual dinner and awards night scheduled to take place in Lagos on Saturday, January 18, 2020.

NPA donates medicament to two health facilities in Apapa

LPC Port Manager, Mrs Olufunmilayo Olotu (Middle) with staff of the General Hospital Apapa after the LPC made donation of  medicines to the health facility on Tuesday. 

Nigerian Port Authority (NPA) Lagos Port Complex (LPC) on Tuesday made donations of pharmaceutical items to the General Hospital, Apapa and the Ijora Oloye Primary Health Centre.

FG makes POF payment mandatory for cargo clearance at ports

Payment of Practitioners Operating Fee (POF) by licensed customs agents has become mandatory for cargo to be cleared at the nation’s ports, the Federal Government declared on Tuesday in Lagos.

Four killed, three kidnapped after pirates attack dredger in Gulf of Guinea

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Four persons were killed and three abducted following a pirate attack on a Nigeria-flagged hopper dredger in the Gulf of Guinea on January 2, 2020.

UK-flagged vessels to get Royal Navy escort in Strait of Hormuz

British-flagged commercial vessels will again be accompanied by Royal Navy ships in the Strait of Hormuz, the UK’s defense ministry said.

SIFAX Photo News: Dr. Taiwo Afolabi awarded NIPR 2019 Personality of the Year

L-R: Vanessa Uansohia, Manager, Corporate Communications, Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc; Olumuyiwa Akande, Group Head, Corporate Communications, SIFAX Group; Basil Agboarumi, Managing Director, Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc; Rotimi Oladele (Ph.d), former National President, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations and Philips Ojo, Officer, Corporate Communications, SIFAX Group at the 2019 national NIPR dinner where Dr. Taiwo Afolabi was awarded with the 2019 PR Personality of the year award held at Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja.

LADOL MD advocates complete local content to grow, sustain Africa free market

MD LADOL, Dr. Amy JAdesimi, 
Africa must insist on real local content adherence to drive the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA); the products and services being traded in the Africa Free Market have to be primarily if not entirely home engineered and manufactured, the Managing Director of Lagos Deep Offshore Logistic Base (LADOL) Dr. Amy Jadesimi, has shared.

IMO Council Election: Nigeria must engage its maritime technical resources for best results- Ilori

Nigeria's delegation to Lloyd's Register HQ, London in 2007
Various opinions concerning Nigeria’s performance at the last International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Council election for Category C have raised a discourse, which has made it imperative for the country to address a number of issues as observed.
For that discourse, marine engineer, Emmanuel Ilori, states clearly that Nigeria must put its vast technical resources into required perspective in order to make real impact satisfactory to the maritime sector at the level of the IMO.

Master Mariners disagree with SAA operation, review issues defining Nigeria’s maritime industry

  §  Seek thorough scrutiny of shipping coys  as CVFF disbursement crystalizes 

R-L: President of NAMM, Captain Tajudeen Alao, Capt. Joe Awodeha, Rear Admiral Godswill Ombo, Capt. Adewale Ishola, Capt. Iheanacho Ebubeogu, and Capt. Ahmed Idrisu at the NAMM Secretariat in Apapa

 At the close of 2019, the Nigerian Association of Master Mariners (NAMM) as a professional body, sat to review issues of great concern in the nation’s maritime industry, with a view to ensuring that policy makers heed professional advice on the best way forward.

Photo: NPA begins payment of benefits to disengaged dockworkers

The Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) commences the payment of benefits for disengaged 2015 Dockworkers under the aegis of Tally Clerks and Onboard Security Men at the Authority’s Ultra-Modern Sports Centre, in Surulere, Lagos, while the other Port locations would follow accordingly.

L-R: Olabanji Olusegun (NPA), President, Maritime Association of Stevedoring Companies, Bolaji Sunmola, Philip Igbamosun (Recipient), President General, Maritime Workers Union (MWUN) Prince Adeyanju Adewale, Oladimeji Tajudeen (Recipient), Lawal, A.I.A, (NPA), Mabinuori Yunus (Recipient), Bisiriyu Saheed (Recipient) during the occasion in Lagos.