COVID-19: NIMASA bans international vessels without thermal screening facilities

…Gives guidelines to vessels calling at Nigerian Ports

DG NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, has announced that following the current outbreak of COVID-19 and the need to mitigate the spread especially through shipping activities, the Agency has developed guidance to support all types of ships that operate in the Nigerian maritime domain and banned all vessels without thermal screening facilities from operating in Nigerian waters.

What NIMASA should be doing at this time of COVID-19 scare – Marine Engineer

  • Need for Marine Notices to Ship Masters, Shipowners, Agents

File Photo

As the COVID-19 pandemic threatens public health globally, the Flag Administration, which is the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has been tasked on the need to send Marine Notices to Ship Masters, Agents, Ship Managers and Shipowners of vessels calling Nigerian ports and offshore terminals for operational guide to keep safe.

COVID-19: WISTA to distribute protective gears, hand sanitizers to port workers

WISTA Nigeria President, Eunice Ezeoke
In the face of the continuing efforts to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 disease, the Women's International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) Nigeria Chapter, at the weekend agreed on an intervention plan to distribute protective gears including hand gloves, face masks to workers at the ports.

No reported case of COVID-19 in Lagos Port- MWUN

File Photo: PG of  the MWUN, Prince Adewale Adeyanju(in white) 

The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has supported the position of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) that there was no reported case of COVID-19 case in the Lagos port.

NPA, Shareholders donate Agura Hotel as Isolation Centre.

Following the increasing need for preparedness to manage  cases of the COVID-19 disease,  the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and other shareholders of the Agura Hotels, Abuja, have agreed to donate the 130-bed fully-furnished hotel as isolation centre for COVID-19 in Abuja.

Customs FOU ‘A’ seizes smuggled poultry products worth over N20.6 m

Some of the seized poultry products

The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone ‘A’ on Friday said that it intercepted and destroyed smuggled poultry products worth N20, 678,400.

120 persons benefit from Taiwo Afolabi free medical outreach at Ibadan Market

A doctor examining the dental health of a beneficiary at the 2020 Taiwo Afolabi free medical outreach which was held at Sango-Ojurin market, Ibadan recently

A total of 120 persons have enjoyed free dental and medical care at the Taiwo Afolabi Free Rural Dental Outreach which was held at the popular Sango-Ojurin market in Ibadan recently. The beneficiaries included market men and women.

COVID-19: NPA clarifies six sick persons on board vessel visited oil rig offshore Lagos

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on Friday confirmed that the six sick persons on board a vessel visited an Oil Rig, Siem Marlin, on high sea offshore Lagos and not to a terminal in the port.

Shipping Union: Workers’ welfare negotiations suspended over COVID-19

Ekpenyong Ekpenyong, President of the Shipping Chapter, MWUN

The collective bargaining negotiations for improved welfare of workers in Nigeria’s shipping sub-sector have been put on hold pending when the public health concerns of COVID-19 settles globally.

COVID-19 Disease: Mariners offshore seek delayed boarding control measure at terminals

File Photo: Captain Tajudeen Alao, President of Nigerian Association of Master Mariners

Some mariners working offshore have urged terminal operators to employ delayed boarding control measure to ensure that arriving shuttle tankers are attended to only after 14 days has elapsed from her last port of call.

SIFAX Group scales down operations over COVID-19 scare

In reinforcement of its safety protocols as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads globally, the SIFAX Group disclosed on Thursday that it has scaled down operations across its different subsidiaries.

Olu Akinsoji’s thoughts on Maritime Academy’s decision for quality assurance

Marine Engr.,  Olu Akinsoji

By Olu Akinsoji

It is delightful that the Academy under Comm. Effedua has embarked on the cleaning up of the staffing records (See here).

COVID – 19: Only essential duties staff to work in NIMASA

Dr. Bashir Jamoh, Director General of NIMASA

In efforts to check the spread of the dreaded coronavirus disease plaguing the world, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has taken action to ensure that only staff on essential duties come to work.

No guest with COVID-19 case in our facility- Hotel Management


The Hotel Du Golf located in Aba, Abia State, has refuted a social media report claiming that a Lebanese guest was lodging in its facility and had been down with the dreaded COVID-19 disease.

Maritime Academy of Nigeria to sack staff with fake certificates


Members of staff confirmed to be working with fake certificates at the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, Akwa Ibom, have been advised to resign or be thrown out of the system, Management of the Academy has resolved.

Coronavirus Scare: MWUN shuts national secretariat, postpones NAC meeting indefinitely

Prince Adewale Adeyanju, President General  Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria

The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria has shut down its National Secretariat in Lagos in compliance with the Federal Government’s directive for social distancing, in order to curtail the spread of the COVID- 19 pandemic.

COVID-19: Master Mariners' advice to seafarers: Learn how to stay safe

By Captain Tajudeen Alao

We have advised seafarers to do all that will not lower their immunity.

We refer them to IMO Circular on Guidance on Covid- 19.

COVID-19 Pandemic: Maritime Academy of Nigeria closed to academic activities

The Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron on Monday
Photo Credit: OnePageAfrica

Cadets of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN) Oron, Akwa Ibom, have been sent home as a precautionary measure against the spread of the Coronavirus disease.

NRC makes u-turn, says normal train services continue

Contrary to its earlier announcement on Saturday that train services would be suspended from March 23 to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has affirmed that it would continue the train services to the public.

NPA says its charges not highest in West Africa

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has stated that contrary to misconceptions, its tariffs are not the highest along the West African coast.

Global Recycling Day: We matter for a healthy environment

Used plastic bottles in Obalende area of Lagos ready for recycling

As the world marked @GlobalRecyclingDay, March 18, Marine and Environment Care  encourages each person to take on the responsibility of a healthy waste disposal habit.

Hapag Lloyd Liner makes maiden call at Ports & Cargo Terminal in Lagos

Side view of the vessel

Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited, the flagship company of SIFAX Group and concessionaire of Terminal C, Tin Can Island Port, Apapa, Lagos, has added a new client to its growing clientele list.

IWD 2020: MMS WoFHoF empowers over 300 women, seeks enforcement of laws against gender discrimination

MMS Woman of Fortune Hall of Fame(WoFHoF)initiative has empowered over three hundred women via career and entrepreneurship mentoring as well as provision of small and micro credit grants even as it admonished Nigerian women to push for enforcement of the numerous laws which kick against gender discrimination in Nigeria and Africa.

PEBEC: Shippers’ Council wins World Bank Ease of Doing Business Ranking Award

Nigeria's Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbanjo, SAN GCON, giving the PEBEC Award to Adaora Nwonu, Representative of Nigerian Shippers’ Council.

The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) has won the prestigious World Bank 2019 Doing Business Ranking Award in recognition of its effort in driving Presidential Enabling Environment Council (PEBEC) overall reform initiatives in the port environment. 

Reviving Mission to Seafarers in Nigeria is great -- Olu Akinsoji

Engr. Olu Akinsoji

Reviving the Mission to Seafarers in Nigeria (See here) will address issues facing seafarers, with a hope to boosting their morale on the job, renowned marine engineer, Olu Akinsoji has expressed.

Ilori’s thoughts on Jamoh’s appointment as DG NIMASA

Engr. Emmanuel Ilori

By Emmanuel Ilori

Let us put the appointment of Dr. Bashir Jamoh as Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency ( NIMASA) in context. 

Mission to Seafarers appoints new Management Board for Nigeria

… Chief Sarumi heads Committee, says mission to give succor to seafarers
Head of the Committee for Mission to Seafarers, Chief Adebayo Sarumi(4th from left), Rt. Rev. Humphrey Olumakaiye, Bishop of the Lagos Diocese,Anglican Communion (Middle) in a group photograph with members of the Committee.

A new management board appointed for Nigeria by the International Mission to Seafarers was on Monday inaugurated by the Diocese of Lagos (Anglican Communion).

Again, MWUN threatens industrial action against shipping sector in 21 days

The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has warned that it would resort to an industrial action against the Shippers Association of Nigeria (SAN) if the body fails to heed its call for meeting to address issues of welfare concerns affecting its members in the Shipping Chapter.

Maritime Stakeholders hail new NIMASA Management

·        They are great value, say Iheanacho, Ogbeifun
·        Jamoh promises more progress in sector

Dr. Bashir Jamoh, DG of  NIMASA
Stakeholders in the maritime industry have lauded the new executive management team appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari for the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) led by Dr. Bashir Jamoh.

Rivers Port to receive first RoRo vessel ever

The Rivers Port is expecting to handle its first ever Roll on/Roll off operations in a couple of weeks, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has disclosed.

NIWA to build more jetties, crafts, plans for improved inland waterways transportation

Dr. George Moghalu, MD NIWA

By Margaret Okoro

New jetties to support inland waterways transportation would be established soon as the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) plans for improved infrastructure and operations.

SIFAX Group: Dr Afolabi installed Grand Patron of CPEF

   ... Pledges to support building of e-library

L-R: Alhaji Ismail Adetola Lawal, Founder/Chairman, IAL Nigeria Ltd & Chairman, CPEF Board of Patrons; Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, Group Executive Vice Chairman, SIFAX Group; Great Grand Ma, Essie Florence Ibijoke Kukoyi, former head teacher (rtd), Command Children School and Chairman, CPEF Projects Expansion Committee; Oluwole David, CPEF Cofounder/Programmes Coordinator and Bright Echendu, CPEF Cofounder/Executive Secretary, presenting a presenting a prototype of the community e-library project the association wants to embark on at the installation ceremony of Afolabi as the Grand Patron of City Profs Educational Foundation which was held at SAHCO Plc, Lagos.

Border Drill: Nigeria Customs Service arrests 697 illegal migrants, seizes smuggled items valued at over N7.3 bn in seven months

 The Nigeria Customs Service has in the last seven months of border drill code-named ‘Exercise SWIFT’ arrested a total of 697 illegal migrants as well as the seizure of various smuggled items valued at over N7.3 billion.

New DG NIMASA, Jamoh, pledges development on agency’s successes

 ·        Says Maritime Can Grow Nigeria’s Economy
·        His Institutional Knowledge Will Benefit Maritime Industry – Dakuku

Outgoing Director General Dr Dakuku Peterside; [right] hands over to new Director General, NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh, while the new Board Chairman, Chief Okorie Asita cheers on during the official handing over ceremony in Lagos, March 10, 2020

The newly appointed Director-General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Yusuf Jamoh, on assumption of office on Tuesday, promised to build on the successes achieved by the outgoing Executive Management, which he had been part of in the past four years.

IWD2020: Place premium on yourself, your duties, Port Manager Olotu tells women

Women in Maritime Industry celebrating International Women's Day 2020 at the Lagos Port Complex on Monday 

Celebrating the International Women’s Day on Monday, the Port Manager, Lagos Port Complex (LPC) of the Nigerian Ports Authority(NPA), Mrs Funmilayo Olotu, urged women to be remarkable in the discharge of their duties even as the theme #EachforEqual advocates gender equality.

Coronavirus Scare : NPA to open Isolation Centre at Port

MD NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has confirmed it would establish an Isolation Centre at the Lagos Port Complex by this week, to handle any suspected case of the dreaded coronavirus.

IWD 2020: For #EachforEqual theme, WISTA Nigeria wants inclusivity for rural women, next generation

President WISTA Nigeria, Eunice Ezeoke

For the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) Nigeria, at the heart of the #2020InternationalWomensDay celebration is the need to bear women in rural areas along in all that means equal opportunity to be a valuable part of the whole.

#IWD2020: Sea Shepherd, WIMAfrica connection furthers job support for female seafarers

Jean Chiazor Anishere, Continental President WIMAfrica

More female seafarers would be getting jobs on board vessels managed by Sea Shepherd on the West African Coast.

IWD 2020: Considering workplace culture for gender equality in shipping

Iroghama Ogbeifun-Obuoforibo, Chief Operating Officer at Starzs Group

Entrenched workplace culture will possibly create gender balance, granting women more confidence of opportunities and growth.

Endless job cuts in shipping sub-sector as employers seek cheap labour in Nigeria, Union cries out

President of Shipping Chapter, MWUN, Ekpenyong Etim Ekpenyong
An unspecified number of workers (perceived to be in their thousands) have lost their jobs with shipping companies in Nigeria as the employers in that sector seek for very cheap labour.

Marine Environment: NIWA clears water hyacinth in Ikorodu, Epe waterways, moves to Lekki area

NIWA clearing water hyacinth from waterways in Epe, Lagos State.

The waterways within the Lekki area come next for clearing of water hyacinth after those of Ikorodu and Epe had been cleared by the National Inland Waterways Authority(NIWA).

COVID-19 Scare: IAPH cancels World Ports Conference 2020

The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) has canceled the IAPH 2020 World Ports Conference, which was due to be held from March 17 to 19 in Antwerp, Belgium.

MWUN gives 21-day ultimate to shipping coys over poor remuneration of its members

The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has issued a 21-day ultimatum to shipping companies regarding poor salaries and severance packages to its members.

Coronavirus Outbreak: MWUN sensitizes dockworkers, insists on observation of preventive actions

...No dockworker will board danger-flagged vessel for work-- PG Adeyanju

Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, President General of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria 

As the world continues to battle against the spread of coronavirus also known as COVID-19, dockworkers in Nigeria’s ports have also been advised to avoid getting on any suspected vessel that may call at the port in the name of work.

National Assembly supports Deep Blue Project for maritime domain security

·        Floating Dock will boost Nigeria’s revenue-Ikpeazu
·        Navy: With SMVs we can reach pirates anywhere on our waters

L-R: Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Hon. Lynda Ikpeazu, and some Members of the Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration during the visit of the committee to the Agency's Headquarters in Lagos on Tuesday

The Integrated Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure, commonly called the Deep Blue Project, received excellent reviews on Tuesday from members of the House of Representatives Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration during an oversight visit to the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and tour of some of its facilities under the project in Lagos.

World Shipping Community confident in Nigeria’s anti-piracy fight

Dr, Dakuku Peterside, DG NIMASA
Major stakeholders in the international shipping community have said they are confident of the measures and satisfied with the effectiveness of Nigeria’s efforts to contain piracy and armed robbery on the country’s maritime environment. 

Nigerian ports strategise against COVID-19 spread

Seaports of entry in Nigeria have been on the alert to ensure vessels calling at the ports are monitored for cases of the coronavirus disease.