Liners, Terminal Operators to become shareholders of Global Shipping Business Network





Nine ocean carriers and terminal operators have signed a shareholders’ agreement indicating their intention to become shareholders of the proposed Global Shipping Business Network (GSBN).

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The Nigerian Ports Authority(NPA) launches book to encourage reading habit among staff

R-L: The Executive Director, Engineering & Technical Service, NPA, Prof. Idris Abubakar, the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, Publisher of Qinda Books, Lola Shoneyin, the Executive Director, Marine & Operation, NPA, Dr. Sokonte Huttin Davies, former GM Marine & Operations, NPA, Joshua Asanga, and the representative of the Executive Director, Finance & Admin., Nana Yakubu during the book presentation.

Coronavirus costing Shipping Industry USD 350 mn a week, says ICS





The impact of the outbreak of the coronavirus is estimated to be costing the shipping industry USD 350 million a week in lost revenues, according to the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).

Maritime Domain Security: Nigeria receives Special Mission Vessels


·        Navy, NIMASA set to fight maritime crimes

L-R: Representative of the Chief of Naval Staff, Real Admiral Murtala Bashir; Executive Director, Operations, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Engr. Rotimi Fashakin; Commander, Maritime Guard Command, NIMASA, Commodore Aniedi Ibok; Head, Shipping Development, NIMASA, Mr Anthony Ogadi; and the Operations Officer, Western Naval Command, Commodore Livingstone Izu at the reception ceremony of the arrival of the second Special Mission Vessel of the Deep Blue Project for security on Nigeria’s waterways at the Naval Dockyard, Lagos today, February 25, 2020. 

In another milestone towards ensuring Nigeria’s security, the Federal Government on Tuesday in Lagos received two Special Mission Vessels (SMV), geared towards ridding the Country’s waters of criminal activities.

APM Terminals announces 50% slash on charges for overtime cargoes, gives time frame



Owners of overtime cargoes at the APM Terminals will now enjoy a 50 per cent cut in charges, but that would remain binding only till March 15, 2020, according to the terminal.

FG plans Bill to ban plastics

·       To eliminate land-based marine litter sources in 5 years
·      As NIMASA launches Action Plan on marine litter, plastics management

L-R: Chairman, House Committee on Maritime, Safety and Education, Hon. Linda Ikeazor; Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside; Head, Marine Environment Management, NIMASA, Dr. (Mrs). Felicia Mogo, Minister of State for Environment, Barrister Sharon Ikeazor; and Senator Tolulope Odebiyi at the official launch of the Maritime Action Plan for maritime litter and plastic management held in Lagos.

The National Assembly and the Federal Ministry of Environment are putting the finishing touches to a bill meant to prohibit the production of plastics, which pollute the environment. 

NAGAFF tasks youth ambassadors on credible conduct

One of the youth ambassadors displaying his certificate


The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has in its quest for youth empowerment and value addition, tasked its youth ambassadors to be positive in their conduct and achieve economic goals.

Photos: NPA receives Research Team from Kofi Anan Intl' Peacekeeping Training Centre, Ghana

The representative of the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), General Manager, Security, Olumide Omotoso (left) and the Leader of Delegation, Research Team from the Kofi Anan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), Ghana, Colonel Albert Ulrich (right) during a working visit to the Authority’s Corporate Headquarters in Lagos.

FG moves to enforce Anti-piracy Law

        ·   Stiff penalty awaits offenders
      
L-R: Director General, Nigeria Institute of Advance studies, Prof. Muhammed Tawfiq Ladan; DG, NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside; Representative of the Chief Naval Staff, Real Admiral Murtala Mormoni Bashir; Executive Director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services, NIMASA, Mr Gambo Ahmed and Executive Director, Finance and Administration, NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh during the Opening Ceremony of the 9th Strategic Admiralty Law Seminar for Judges by NIMASA held in Lagos, February 19, 2020


The Federal Government has embarked on measures to ensure a smooth enforcement of the newly enacted anti-piracy law as part of efforts to stem criminality on Nigerian waters. 

SIFAX Off Dock GM becomes Marketing Fellow

L-R: Olumuyiwa Akande, Head, Corporate Communications, SIFAX Group; Oliver Omajuwa, General Manager, SIFAX Off Dock and Philips Ojo, Officer, Corporate Communications at the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria Fellows’ Dinner and Awards Night where Omajuwa bagged NIMN Fellowship.


Oliver Omajuwa, General Manager, SIFAX Off Dock Nigeria Limited, was among foremost marketing professionals in Nigeria that were recently conferred with the fellowship of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria.

Customs FOU ‘A’ beats smugglers to their game, seizes foreign rice concealed in gas cylinders

Usman Yahaya and  his team showcasing the seized items


The Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘A’ of the Nigeria Customs Service, has smashed smugglers in their deadly act, seizing among other banned items, 1,393 bags of foreign rice that were concealed in gas cylinders.

Amaechi loses chief security officer

Tony Iwelu


Mr. Tony Iwelu, the Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has passed on.

Ship Registry:Nigeria to begin Online ship registration


  As NIMASA unveils High-Tech Registration Certificate
  Stakeholders pledge support for automation

L-R: Former President, Ship Owners Association of Nigeria (SOAN), Mr Greg Ogbeifun; Executive Director, Operations, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Engr. Rotimi Fashakin; Chairperson, Ship Owners Forum, Mrs Margaret Orakwusi; Director General, NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside and Executive Director, Finance & Administration, NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh; display samples of the new high-tech ship registration certificates by NIMASA during an Interactive Session on the automation of the Nigerian Ship Registry with Ship Owners  in Lagos, recently.


In a bid to have a world-class Ship Registry and enhance the Ease of Doing Business in the maritime sector, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has concluded plans to set up an automated ship registration process through online and electronic procedure. 

US Navy takes delivery of 11th Independence-Class LCS



The US Navy has taken delivery of the future USS Kansas City, an Independence-class littoral combat ship (LCS) built by Austal USA.

Nigerian seafarers need 'structure' for clear direction- Ombo

Rear Admiral Godwill Siempre Ombo(Rtd)

The absence of a constitutionally-recognised Nigerian Merchant Navy may continue to make it difficult for Nigerian seafarers to work toward advancing their common interest and enhancing the development of the Nigerian Maritime Industry.

Maritime Academy of Nigeria inspects simulators ahead of shipment

Management Team of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, led by the Academy's Rector, Commodore Emmanuel Effedua (Rtd), on a pre-shipment inspection  of the Simulators set for delivery to Nigeria. 

Photo Scene: MAN Oron supports action against marine plastic pollution





Maritime Academy of Nigeria partners Organisation on advocacy to end marine plastic pollution

Rector of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria(MAN), Oron, Commodore Emmanuel Effedua(Rtd) with the Organiser of the campaign against marine plastic pollution, Mrs. Hope Afoke Orivri, display banner on action to end marine pollution for healthy oceans

The Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron has in collaboration with Marine and Environment Care group supported an advocacy campaign against marine plastic pollution, as a step to save the seas and oceans.

ICRC visits Sifax Group on performance monitoring



Representatives of Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited, subsidiary of SIFAX Group, Infrastructure Concession and Regulatory Commission and the Nigerian Ports Authority during the 2020 Compliance and Performance Monitoring of Public Private Partnership (PPP) Projects of the commission to Tin Can Island Terminals recently.

The executive management team of the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission has visited SIFAX Group as part of its 2020 Compliance and Performance Monitoring of Public Private Partnership (PPP) Projects to Tin Can Island Terminals.

When Victor Olaiya celebrated Chief Sarumi @ 70th birthday in 2014

Nigeria's high-life music Icon, Sir Victor Olaiya, celebrating Chief Adebayo Sarumi on his 70th birthday in  2014 at the Eko Hotel and Suites Victoria Island, Lagos.

NPA Photo News at World Radio Day Symposium

The Representative of the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), General Manager, Corporate & Strategic Communications, Adams Jatto receives the Award from the Secretary to the Government of Osun State, Prince Wole Oyebamiji during the 2020 World Radio Day Symposium / Award and Dinner in Lagos.

Nigeria’s Highlife Music Icon, Victor Olaiya, is dead


 Victor Olaiya
One of Nigeria’s greatest highlife musician, Sir Victor Abimbola Olaiya, is dead.

Customs Service impounds 330kg of Pangolin scales in Adamawa/Taraba


...Makes 74 seizures, arrested 20 suspects in 2019



The Nigeria Customs Service, Adamawa/Taraba State Customs Command, has announced its seizure of smuggled items including 330kg of Pangolin scales, 33,000 litres of petroleum products and assorted foreign rice, with a duty paid value of N98.3 million.

Photos: SIFAX Group holds retreat on achieving strategic plan

L-R: Adekunle Oyinloye, Group Managing Director, SIFAX Group; John Jenkins, Managing Director, Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited, a subsidiary of SIFAX Group; Capt. Ibraheem Olugbade, Executive Director, SIFAX Off Dock and Tunji Olusinde, Executive Director, Legal Services/Company Secretary at the 2020 SIFAX Group management retreat held at the Landmark Event Centre, Lagos.

CRFFN begins collection of POF in Lagos



The Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN), on Monday, launched the Practitioners Operation Fee (POF) in Lagos.

MAN Oron appreciates Award of Excellence

 Members of the Governing Council,  Maritime Academy of Nigeria(MAN) Oron at a meeting in Lagos recently, showcased the Academy's Award of Excellence  received at the  NIMASA 2019 Maritime Merit Award celebration, which held in Lagos on January 18, 2020.


Chairman of the Governing Council, Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Mr. Ademola Seriki(right) with the Rector of the Academy, Commodore Emmanuel Effedua(Rtd.)

FG promotes non-oil sector trade with Tin-smelting Plant in Jos

Management of  the Nigerian Shippers' Council with Topwide Ventures Ltd in a group photograph after signing an agreement for the handing over of land for a project

The Nigerian Shippers Council  has officially handed over 10 hectares of land behind Heipang Jos Inland Container Depot, Jos,  Plateau State, to Messrs Topwide Ventures Limited for the establishment of a Tin-Smelting plant, as part of the Council’s trade role.

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The Managing Director Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Hadiza Bala Usman presents a corporate plaque of the Authority to the Chief Executive of TVC Communications Andrew Halon during the visit.

NRC resumes Lagos-Kano train services



The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) on Friday resumed weekly Lagos-Kano passenger train service, five months after its suspension to facilitate the construction of the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail line.

Hope to revive Akwa Ibom Fishing Terminals rises



A number of abandoned fishing terminals located in Akwa Ibom State may bounce back soon, if the Federal Government’s promise to revamp them works as planned.

WISTA Nigeria presents Integrated Oil & Gas Coy with Recognition Award


Captain Emmanuel Iheanacho, Chairman/CEO Integrated Oil & Gas Company receives  Recognition Award  from Women's International Shipping and Trading Association(WISTA)Nigeria. Presentation by  President, WISTA Nigeria, Mrs. Mary Hamman, to Capt. Iheanacho's immediate left, and Mrs. Obiagele Obi, and to his immediate right is Mrs Anna Akpan.  


Photos: Nigerian Shippers' Council, IMF team hold talks on efficient port operations

Nigerian Shippers' Council and International Monetary Fund(IMF) Team in a group photograph after their meeting

Customs Service seizes pangolin scales worth N10.26 bn in Lagos

Credit: Pangolin Report


The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Zone A, has seized 147 sacks of pangolin scales weighing 9,504.1kg worth N10.26 billion.

Only non-compliant importers complain of SONCAP pre-shipment automation- SON



The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has declared that only importers who failed to comply with the pre-shipment automation process cried about accumulation of demmurage on their consignments. 

Senate passes N238.15bn budget for Nigerian Customs Service



The Senate on Tuesday at plenary passed the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) 2020 budget of N238.15 billion amidst dissenting views by some senators.

Maritime Academy of Nigeria has positioned for sustainable excellence- Seriki, Chairman Governing Council

Chairman Governing Council of Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Mr. Ademola Serike(Middle) , to his immediate right, the Rector of the Academy, Commodore Emmanuel Effedua, with members of the Academy's Governing Council after a media chat in Lagos on Monday. 

Bearing its long –term restructuring to ensure availability of training infrastructure and human capacity building for lecturers, who train the cadets at the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, Akwa Ibom, the Governing Council of the Academy and the Management Team have expressed satisfaction and confidence of what the Academy can offer in terms of global standard training of seafarers to meet industry manpower needs.

European Ship-owners want fluidity of Trade despite Brexit



As the United Kingdom stopped being a member of the European Union on January 31, 2020, European ship-owners have called on both UK and EU regulators to continue their close alignment when it comes to shipping issues.

FG sets for integrated architecture to boost maritime security


· Explains reasons Secure Anchorage was stopped
· Dakuku says 80% of Deep Blue Assets ready by June

L-R: Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Dr. Dakuku Peterside; Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi; Director, Maritime Safety, Federal Ministry of Transport, FMOT, Mr Paul Adalikwu; and the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Ms. Hadiza Bala Usman, during a Press Conference  on the progress of the DEEP BLUE PROJECT held in Lagos, Monday, February 3, 2020.


The Federal Government has declared readiness to deploy its integrated maritime security infrastructure, in an effort to comprehensively tackle insecurity on Nigeria’s territorial waters and exclusive economic zone.

Shippers’ Council assures visiting IMF team of improved services at Nigeria’s ports


    …Says National Single Window to come on stream

File Photo: Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers' Council, Mr. Hassan Bello

The Nigerian Shippers’ Council at the weekend said efforts have been ongoing among concerned agencies of government to ensure improvement of service provision at the nation’s ports.