Why NAGAFF supports proposed diversion of vessels to Eastern Ports



The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has backed a proposal by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to begin the diversion of vessels to the Eastern ports, in efforts to check congestion at the Lagos ports.

Delta Kingdom loses 115 yrs old monarch after 2 yrs reign



HRM Joshua Aghagba, Amathovo I, the Odio-Ologbo of Irri Kingdom, Isoko South Local Government Area, Delta State, has passed on at 115 years.

Revenue Target: Nigeria Customs Service sets N2 trn for 2020



The Nigeria Customs Service has disclosed that it is targeting a revenue of N2 trillion for the year 2020.

Seafarer happiness down amid stress over new regulations, increase in racism



Workload stress caused by changes in regulations has been one of the three main factors impacting the seafarers’ happiness level in the fourth quarter of 2019, just months before the IMO 2020 sulphur cap entered into force.

How WIMAfrica, Sea Shepherd connection granted me job at sea- Conteh-Khali

Regina Conteh-Khali
A young Sierra Leonean female seafarer, Regina Conteh-Khali, shares her heart-warming story of how a relationship between African Women in Shipping (WIMAfrica) and the Sea Shepherd (Shipping Company) gave her an opportunity to be back at sea doing a job she loves, seafaring.

IMO, WISTA Intl' sign MoU on technical cooperation



Women's International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) International and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) today, 27 Jan.2020, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on technical cooperation.

Akinsoji’s thoughts on new training facilities, lecturer capacity building programmes at MAN, Oron

Engr. Olu Akinsoji


The Rector's plan and progress (See here) are welcomed and very pleasing development.

At this junction, the family members of the Federal Ministry of Transport, particularly the maritime transport agencies, should now refer to studies that have indicated that their performances are hampered by insufficient knowledge for the delivery of functions relating to marine transport technical and managerial duties. 

WIMAfrica advocates knowledge, right policies, sustainable action to save our oceans


...Calls for wider community inclusiveness, open access to vital ocean information

WIMAfrica President, Jean Chiazor Anishere (Right) with Intl' Ambassador WIMA Tunisia, Leila Ben Hassan,  at the Regional Consultation Workshop for Africa and the Adjacent Island States, holding in Kenya 

As the United Nations declares the period between 2021- 2030 a Decade of the Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, calls have also begun from concerned groups on the need to equip the larger societies of people to be knowledgeable on appropriate actions to match the desired goal.

Maritime Academy of Nigeria trains 15 lecturers on simulator handling, sets for OPITO Certification

Some of the Lecturers from MAN, Oron in the facility


The Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, Akwa Ibom, has sent fifteen of its lectures to India for a one-month training period on how to man simulators, which the Academy recently acquired and expect to arrive Nigeria in batches from mid-February to April 2020.

Shippers’ Council’s CTN can curb criminal activities- Kura,AIG Marine Command

L-R: CSP Agbolade Oshodi; SP Agwom Ishaku, OC General Investigation, NPF; Alh. Abubakar Mohammed, Deputy Director, Standard Service Division of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council; Mrs Ijeaku Ego, Assistant Director, Stakeholder Service Division, NSC; Muhammad Uba Kura, Assistant Inspector General, Marine Command, NPF; Chief C.C. Agu, Director, Consumer Affairs Department, NSC; Mr C.C. Akujobi, Deputy Director, Stakeholder Service Division, NSC; and DSP Lekan Faniyi, Public Relations Officer, NPF.


Revival of the Cargo Tracking Note (CTN), an initiative of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), can help check criminal activities regarding movement of cargo, Mohammed Kura, the new Assistant General of Police (AIG) in charge of Marine Command, has said.

Amaechi inspects Apapa Port end of Lagos-Ibadan rail project





The Honourable Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, on Friday  inspected the Apapa Port part of the Lagos-Ibadan railway project, making it a second time the inspection would be done in one month.

NPA moves to tackle congestion at Lagos Port Complex

MD NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has disclosed that it would begin, from Monday, January 27, to divert vessels waiting to berth, to terminals where there are enough capacity to handle them immediately.

Denmark launches new initiative to get more women on board




Denmark has presented a new initiative aimed at increasing the share of women in Danish shipping companies.

Amaechi sets up Guidelines Committee to disburse N72 bn Vessel Financing Fund

  … ‘Only Contributing Shipowners Eligible’
The Honourable Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi

Ahead of a planned commencement of the disbursement of the Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF), the Federal Government has set up a committee to develop guidelines for the distribution of the fund. 

LADOL, Mammoet sign agreement to enhance project cargo handling

Official signing of the agreement by Jide Jadesimi,  Executive Director Business Development at LADOL (right) and Harmen Tiddens, General Manager Mammoet West Africa.

Nigerian Lagos Deep Offshore Logistic Base (LADOL) and Mammoet, the global leader in engineered heavy lifting and transport, are proud to announce a strategic partnership.

NPA facilitates maritime reporters training on effective use of social media



Ag. Commandant of NASPRI, Col. Mustapha Anka, in a group photograph with participants and resource persons at the end of the training programme in Bonny Camp, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Maritime reporters at a three-day training were exposed to rudiments for effective engagement of the social media platforms in their daily reportage of industry activities.

Over USD 1 trillion needed to decarbonize shipping by 2050



At least USD 1 trillion of capital investment in land-based and ship-related infrastructure is required to halve international shipping’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, a new study shows.

LAWMA to create Hall of Shame for environmental offenders



The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) will soon begin a campaign tagged: #HallofFame and #WallofShame, to recognize efforts of individuals whose activities promote environmental cleanliness in the state, while naming and shaming residents who indulge in reckless waste disposal.

Study: New blends of marine fuels have higher BC Emissions than HFO



New blends of marine fuels with 0.50% sulphur content can contain a large percentage of aromatic compounds, which have a direct impact on black carbon emissions, a recently conducted black carbon measurement campaign finds.

Amaechi meets with NPA, CCECC to resolve issues stagnating progress of rail project at Apapa Port


The Honourable Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, flanked on his right by the Oyo State Governor, Mr. Seyi Makinde, and to the minister's left is the Minister of State for Transportation, Senator Gbemi Saraki, followed by the Managing Director of the NRC, Engr. Fedet Okhiria during the inspection tour of the ongoing Lagos-Ibadan Standard Gauge project.

The Honourable Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, would be meeting with the Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) by Friday, to address all issues stagnating the progress of the Lagos-Ibadan Rail project at the seaport end.

Maritime: Nigeria eyes top 70 countries on World Bank Ease of Doing Business Index


 …Developing intermodal transport

L-R: Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration & Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Minister of Transportation, Mr Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Winner, NIMASA Employee of the Year, Mrs Omagbemi Constance Evi, and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha and his wife, Funmilayo during the NIMASA Corporate Dinner & Merit Awards held in Lagos on January 18, 2020.

Taking the maritime sector as economic anchor, the Federal Government says it is targeting placing Nigeria among the first 70 countries in the World Bank Ease of Doing Business index, a most sought-after economic feat globally, by 2023.

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.

SIFAX Photo News

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.