IMO, WCO, others sign agreement for maritime digitalization to support flow of trade

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO), the World Customs Organisation (WCO), the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and the International Organization for Standardization have signed  a new partnership to support an increased need for maritime digitalization.

APM Terminals staff tests positive for COVID-19

An employee of APM Terminals Apapa has tested positive for COVID-19.

The last time the worker was at the port was April 16, 2020 but his COVID-19 infection was confirmed on April 27.

A Captain's thoughts on challenges of crew change during COVID-19 malady

              File Photo: Capt. Tajudeen Alao, President,  
Nigerian Association of Master Mariners 
addressing a meeting of the association

By Captain Tajudeen Alao

Crew change at this time of the COVID-19 pandemic has become very challenging. The complaint from the seafarer platform is that people have overstayed and they want to come out. So, they are looking at the odds.

WISTA Nigeria commends government, industry operators’ effort at containing COVID-19 spread to keep port operations running

President of WISTA Nigeria, Mrs Eunice Ezeoke

The Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) Nigeria Chapter,  has commended efforts by the government and  several industry operators to keep the nation’s ports running as they provided personal protective equipment and ensured compliance with safety protocols according to health professionals.

Poisonous Rice Saga: Maritime Editors demand sack of Customs CG

After a careful appraisal of what can be regarded as a show of shame, total disregard to human health and embarrassment to the nation, the League of Maritime Editors and Publishers (LOMEP), Monday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately dismiss the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS),​ Rtd Col. Hammed Ali for donating​ 920,000 bags of​ contaminated rice for sharing in some states and the South West as part of the palliatives over the ravaging coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19: Terminal Operators donate N700m to support FG

Princess Vicky Haastrup,
Chairman,Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN), 

Port concessionaires under the aegis of the Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN) have collectively donated the sum of N700 million to the Federal Government to support the country’s effort to curtail the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Shippers’ Council assures of cargo evacuation by rail from APM Terminal

*NAGAFF President advises free bus users on acceptable conducts

Cargo evacuation by rail from port terminals would resume soon, particularly at the APM Terminals, the biggest container terminal in Nigeria.

Decomposing Whale: Seafarers should not fish at anchorage for now- Mariner advises

Locals harvesting large portions of the dead Whale

These are certainly not the best of times for seafarers to do their little fishing at anchorage, President of the Nigerian Association of Master Mariners, Captain Tajudeen Alao, has warned.

Dead fishes ashore: Public enlightenment necessary for coastal communities, as investigations ongoing- Orakwusi

Mrs Margaret Orakwusi, Chairman Ship Owners Forum
A former President of the Nigerian Trawler Owners Association(NITOA) and Chairman Ship Owners Forum, Mrs. Margaret Orakwusi, has called for massive public campaigns on need for people to stay away from harvesting and eating dead Croaker fishes washed ashore in a number of coastal communities in the Niger Delta States.

Photos: MD NPA commissions Mobile Harbour Cranes at APM Terminals Apapa

The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman led other Management team members to commission new Mobile Harbor Cranes as part of 2020-21 Investment of USD 80m at the APM Terminal, Lagos Ports Complex, Apapa.

The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman (Middle) operating one of the Mobile Cranes. The MD NPA is being assisted by the Service Engineer, Liebherr, Felix Krull (left) and Managing Director, APT Terminals, Martin Jacob (right) during the official commissioning of new Mobile Harbor Cranes.

"Stay off dead fishes" NIMASA warns coastal communities as scientific investigations begin

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has advised against further  harvesting of hoards of dead Croaker fishes washed ashore along coastal areas of some Niger Delta communities.

Shippers' Council, truckers associations settle for 30 % reduction in costs of container movement

Transporting container cargoes from the Ports to locations across Lagos and other parts of the country will now enjoy 30 per cent reduction in cost, the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC)has disclosed.

APM Terminals Apapa begins $80m upgrade, commissions more cranes

L-R: The Head of Terminals, Africa and Middle East region of APM Terminals, Mr. David Skov; Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, and NPA’s Executive Director, Marine and Operations, Mr. Onari Brown, at the commissioning two new multimillion dollars state-of-the-art Mobile Harbor Cranes acquired by APM Terminals Apapa on Thursday. 

The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, on Thursday commissioned two new multimillion dollars state-of-the-art Mobile Harbor Cranes (MHCs) acquired by leading global terminal operator, APM Terminals, to boost service delivery at the Apapa Port, Lagos.

Customs Service seizes 1000 bags of foreign rice in Adamawa

At least 1,000 bags of smuggled foreign rice stocked in a residential building at Gombi town in Adamawa State have been seized by  operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service under the Adamawa and Taraba States Command.

Nigerian Forces board attacked boxship, rescue 11 crew from citadel

Nigerian Special Forces have boarded the Portuguese-flagged containership Tommi Ritscher and rescued 11 crew members who fled to the citadel after pirates attacked the ship, maritime security firm Dryad Global said in an update.

COVID-19: Five Star Logistics supports FG with N75m, donates protective gears to NPA

Five Star Logistics Terminal has supported the Federal Government with the sum of N75 million in the continued fight against the spread of the COVID-19 in Nigeria.

The terminal operator also donated packs of hand sanitizers and face masks worth N20 million to the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).

CP Lagos commends officers for helping woman in labour

Commissioner of Police, Lagos, Hakeem Odumosu

The Commissioner of Police, Lagos Command, Hakeem Odumosu, has commended some of his officers for their beautiful act of service to humanity and going the extra mile to doing so.

COVID-19: "You are not alone, You are not forgotten", IMO Secretary-General writes to seafarers around the world

“You are not alone. You are not forgotten”.  That is the heartfelt personal message  from the IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim to seafarers everywhere, assuring them that IMO understands the unique problems they face during the coronavirus pandemic and has been working tirelessly at all levels to find solutions for them.

Marine Environment: Public health scare as Niger Delta communities eat dead fishes washed ashore

A mariner has raised the alarm over scores of dead fish lining the coastal areas in some communities around Bonny in Rivers State and down to Eket in Akwa Ibom State.

COVID-19 pandemic: Shippers’ Council posts staff to port terminals, shipping coys

*NAGAFF President advise on acceptable conduct for free bus rides

File photo of the Port

The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) has assigned its officers to the various shipping companies and terminals in the ports to assist in ensuring that all safety and health regulations issued by the authorities are strictly adhered to following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Maritime Security: NIMASA, Navy to improve information sharing

     …C4i, Falcon Eye connection forthcoming

Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh flanked by Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Oladele Bamidele Daji (Right) and Navy Hydrographer, Rear Admiral Chukwuemeka Okafor (left) during a working visit by the Western Naval Command to NIMASA.

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Nigeria Navy are set for a regime of improved information sharing as arrangements to integrate the Command, Control, Computer Communication and Information Centre, otherwise known as the C4i Centre of the Deep Blue Project along with the Falcon Eye of the Nigerian Navy are ongoing.

Apapa gridlock will worsen with Opeifa's guidelines-- Terminal Operators

    ...Worry that situation could lead to port congestion

Chairman STOAN,Princess Vicky Haastrup

The guidelines rolled out recently by the Presidential Task Team on Apapa gridlock is a recipe for chaos, which will further compound traffic congestion on the port access roads and exacerbate port congestion, the Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN), has said.

RIVLEAF to Gov Wike “Don’t destroy legacies of our forefathers”

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike 

The Rivers Leadership Advancement Foundation (RIVLEAF) has called on Governor Nyesom Wike not to destroy the vision of the founding fathers of the state through his utterances.

NPA says demurrage remains suspended at seaport terminals

Managing Director , NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman

Seaport terminal operators are to continue with the directives to suspend all applicable terminal storage fees on consignments (demurrage) for another fourteen days effective April 13, 2020, the Nigerian Ports Authority has made known.

Pandemonium as Customs operatives attempt to 'smuggle out' vegetable oil from Port

             ...It has been resolved- Apapa Customs                                                              
Scene of the argument between operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service 
and staff of the Nigerian Ports Authority
Port activities were on Thursday seriously disrupted, following futile attempt by some operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service to exit three trucks fully loaded with vegetable oil out of Apapa Port, without official papers.

COVID-19: NIMASA extends certificate validity for seafarers

 …Move geared towards keeping seafarers in job - Jamoh

DG NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has extended the validity of Statutory and Trading certificates for all Nigerian Registered vessels.

COVID -19: ENL Consortium donates protective kits to NPA

Executive Director, ENL Consortium, Mr. Mark Walsh, (right), who represented the company’s Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, Princess Vicky Haastrup, presenting the personal protective items donated by the company in support of efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 to the Port Manager, Lagos Port Complex, Mrs. Fumilayo Olotu, in Apapa, Lagos on Wednesday.

ENL Consortium, operators of Terminals C and D of the Lagos Port Complex Apapa has donated nose masks and other protective items to the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) in support of government’s to contain the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

COVID-19: Collaborations among African countries can help scale through crisis, says LADOL MD

MD LADOL, Dr. Amy Jadesimi

Collaborations among African countries in the fight against the COVID-19 disease can help the continent scale through the crisis, Dr. Amy Jadesimi, the Managing Director of LADOL Free Zone (LADOL) has said.

IMO, FAO partner to tackle maritime litter and help deliver SDG 14

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) have formally signed an agreement to move forward and jointly implement the GloLitter Partnerships Project, initially launched in December 2019, with funding from Norway, to prevent and reduce marine plastic litter from shipping and fisheries.

Pirates board 37 ships, kidnapped 22 seafarers in Q1, 2020- IBM

Pirates boarded 37 ships and kidnapped 22 seafarers in the first quarter of 2020, the latest report from the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IBM) shows.

Fighting COVID-19: SIFAX Group donates nose masks, gloves, sanitizers to NPA

L-R: Stanley Enumah, Deputy Manager, Procurement, Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited; Victor Olotu, Acting Head, Business Development and Strategic Planning, SIFAX Group; Capt. Ibraheem Olugbade, Executive Director, SIFAX Off Dock; Umar Abubakar, Port Manager, Nigerian Ports Authority , Tin Can Island and Yetunde Okunade, Group Head, Procurement, SIFAX Group during the donation of COVID-19 protective items to the Nigerian Ports Authority, Tin Can Island Port, Lagos. SIFAX Group donated 100 cartons of hand sanitizers, 200 boxes of hand gloves, 20 packs of special nose masks and 100 boxes of nose masks

In its resolve to further strengthen the fight against the spread of Coronavirus at the Tin Can Island Port, SIFAX Group has donated protective equipment to the Nigerian Ports Authority.

APM Terminals contributes over N300m, PPEs supporting fight against COVID-19

The General Manager, External Relations of APM Terminals Apapa, Mr. Daniel Odibe (left) handing over nose masks and other safety items donated by the company to the Port Manager, Lagos Port Complex Apapa, Mrs. Funmilayo Olotu on Monday.

Nigeria’s leading terminal operators, APM Terminals Apapa and the West Africa Container Terminal (WACT) Onne have jointly committed more than N300 million to the battle against the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country.

COVID-19: FG needs cooperation from all sectors, says SGF

…As NIMASA makes donations, deploys existing capacities to support FG’s efforts

Mr. Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Mr. Boss Mustapha, has said the Federal Government requires the cooperation of all and sundry, corporate bodies and individuals, in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that is ravaging the world.

LADOL joins private sector coalition fight against COVID-19

Chairman LADOL, Mr. Ladi Jedesimi

LADOL has joined private sector coalition fight against the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

COVID-19: Singapore to accommodate foreign workers on two floatels

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) will be providing two floating accommodations used in offshore and marine work to house healthy foreign workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Interview: Providing seaport terminal services amid COVID-19 concerns - STOAN

Chairman , Seaport Terminal Operators of Nigeria, Princess Vicky Haastrup
The race in keeping port operations running to sustain supply chain for essential goods; food and medicament amidst the COVID-19 pandemic is most challenging. And for its pivotal role, the Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN) takes a vigilant forefront to help essential supplies reach society.

We can liberate ourselves from extortion- Truckers Association

Chief Remi Ogungbemi, Chairman, Association of Maritime Truck Owners

The Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO) led by its Chairman, Chief Remi Ogungbemi, has advised itself on how members can strategically and lawfully ‘liberate’ themselves from the bondage of some operatives of agencies who extort money from them in the guise of ensuring sanity in their operations.

Nicols’ thoughts on Port Concession Agreement 2006

Rev. Jonathan Nicol, President Shippers Association of Lagos State

By Jonathan Nicol
The Port Concession Agreement of 2006 is a failed document coupled with policy collapse.

COVID-19: Maritime Women’s groups in Nigeria WISTA, WIMA, WiLAT donate sanitary materials to seafarers

Maritime Women's groups in Nigeria WISTA, WIMA, WiLAT present sanitary materials to representatives of the Nigerian seafarers 
Women’s groups in Nigeria’s maritime sector including Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA), African Women in Shipping (WIMA) and Women In Logistics and Transport (WiLAT) have jointly donated sanitary materials to different categories of seafarers in Nigeria, in effort to encourage improved hygiene against the dreaded COVID-19 disease .

COVID-19:Ports, Customs Service to continue operations during Easter holidays, says Nigerian Shippers’ Council

L-R: Executive Secretary Nigerian Shippers' Council, Mr. Hassan Bello and General Manager Five Star Logistics Terminal, Wolfgang Schneider 

The Nigerian Shippers’ Council on Wednesday gave assurances that the ports as well as the Nigeria Customs Service would remain in operation throughout the period of the Easter holidays from Friday, April 10 through Monday, April 13, 2020.

COVID-19: NIMASA presents LASG with N20m, ventilators, fast response vessels, ambulance in fight against COVID-19

…As Jamoh charges media on awareness creation

L-R: Executive Director, Operations, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Mr. Ahmed Shehu, Director General, NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh and Executive Director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services, NIMASA, Hon. Victor Ochei during the presentation of some medical equipment and items to the Lagos State Government to assist in the fight against COVID-19.

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has donated the sum of N20 million in addition to medical equipment and items including ventilators, Ambulance, buses and response vessels to the Lagos State Government in the fight against the spread of COVID-19.

SIFAX Group commits N130 million to COVID-19 fight

Group Managing Director, SIFAX Group, Mr. Adekunle Oyinloye

SIFAX Group, a group of companies with investment in Maritime, Aviation, Oil & Gas, Haulage & Logistics, Financial Services and Hospitality, has committed the sum of about N130 million as support fund towards the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Customs Service investigates alleged shooting at officers by smugglers in Ogun community

An Inspector of Customs left with head injury from the attack
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Ogun 1 Command, Ogun State, Monday said it was investigating an attack allegedly carried out against its officers while on patrol duty on Sunday in Anigbobo community in Ogun State.

COVID-19 Pandemic: NIWA makes available water crafts to ease movement around coastal areas

File Photo from OnepageAfrica Archives

The National inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has made available the Authority’s water-buses, security patrol boats and other craft for use by relevant states and Federal agencies in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19: Mercedez Benz donates Axor truck to support Lagos State in waste management

MD LAWMA, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin receives the truck from the Head of Sales at Mercedez Benz, Mr. Umoh Ekanem 
Automobile manufacturer, Mercedez Benz, on Monday donated a truck to Lagos State Government to assist in the management of waste as part of efforts in the fight against the corona virus pandemic.

NPA Photo News : MD's Ports tour

The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala Usman, led the Management team on tour of Ports in Lagos to assess the level of compliance with Federal Government’s directive to open the ports for continuous operation within the period of total lockdown. 

R-L: The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, the Port Manager, Lagos Ports Complex (LPC), Olufunmilayo Olotu, GM External Affairs APM Terminal, Odibe Daniel, Regional Head, Middle East and Africa, David Skov during a working visit to the Terminal in Apapa.

COVID-19: Shippers’ Council explains necessity for port operations this period

L-R: Sam Nwakoha, Registra/CEO, Council for the Registration of Freight Forwardinf in Nigeria, Hassan Bello, Executive Secretary/ CEO, Nigerian Shippers' Council, and Dr. Boniface Aniebonam, Founder, National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders

To avoid a total halt of manufacturing of goods and ability to support shipping, the Nigerian Shippers’ Council stepped up its engagement with relevant stakeholders in the port to ease movement at this time when Lagos is on lockdown as a measure to contain the spread of COVID-19.

NIMASA appoints Philip Kyanet new spokesman

Mr. Philip Kyanet, New Spokesman and Head of Public Relations NIMASA

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has appointed Mr. Philip Kyanet as the Agency's spokesman and Head of Public Relations.

Beyond COVID-19: WISTA Nigeria advocates support, opportunities for women entreprenuers in shipping businesses

  • Applauds FG, Maritime Industry Regulators for efforts keeping seaports working

President, WISTA Nigeria, Eunice Ezeoke

What would happen to small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) run by women in the shipping sub-sector is a great concern to the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) Nigeria.