Convention on Ballast Water Management extends to Hong Kong

Ships flagged to Hong Kong, China - the fourth largest fFag Administration in the world by shipping tonnage - will now be required to apply the requirements of the Ballast Water Management Convention (BWM). 

"Complete Deep Blue Project," Amaechi charges NIMASA Board members

Director General, NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh (3rd right), NIMASA Board, Chairman, Hon. Asita O. Asita (2nd right) and other members of the NIMASA Board after their inauguration by the Hon. Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, on Thursday, May 21, 2020, in Abuja.

 The Honourable Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, on Thursday inaugurated the Board of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) in Abuja, with a charge to the members to speed up completion of the Deep Blue Project.

NIMASA investigates wellhead fire incident offshore Ondo

*Cautions mariners to avoid impacted area

DG NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has sent an investigative team to unravel the circumstances surrounding a recent fire incident at a wellhead offshore Ondo State.

Federal Government approves $454,000 for cadets' sea-time training

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved the sum of $454,000 for sea-time training specifically for the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP) under the management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

Nigeria to prosecute 10 arrested pirates under new anti-piracy law

 * Inter-agency collaboration key to maritime security – Jamoh
The arrested pirates paraded at the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Beecroft, Apapa, Lagos.

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has restated its commitment to collaboration among relevant agencies and stakeholders for the security of the country’s maritime domain. 

Key ingredients Nigeria needs for new trade outlook: improved port operations, Customs trade facilitation and more - Orakwusi

Mrs. Margaret Orakwusi
Post COVID-19 lock-down, Nigeria would need to work with greater focus to meet the new demands of world trade as many economies would be working with speed and beneficial actions.

“Shoreline pollution, IUU fishing must end, but who takes forefront responsibility?” fishing trawler owner Orakwusi, asks

Fishing trawler owner, Margaret Orakwusi, wants more action than endless talks to tackle the problem of marine environment pollution and illegal, unregulated, unreported(IUU) fishing, which most times are hardly traced to culprits, yet denies the locals of their means of livelihood, fishing.

Nigerian Navy rescues 18 crew members attacked on board Chinese vessel, arrests 10

The Nigerian Navy on Monday disclosed that it rescued 18 crew members who were attacked on board a Chinese vessel, MV HAILUFANG ll.

NMLA constitutes committee to reform Admiralty Law practice in Nigeria

A 16-man committee constituted by the Nigerian Maritime Law Association would be working to reposition admiralty law practice in Nigeria, with the aim of achieving global standards in adjudication, considering speed and sound judicial interpretation of substantive law.

Insights and Thoughts: Maritime stakeholders seek greater security considerations in case of dead fishes on Niger Delta coastline

       *NIMASA C4i will play crucial security surveillance role  
           * Need to tackle IUU

The concerns and worries about possible cause(s) of the death of a shoal of croaker fish washed ashore on the coastline of the Niger Delta region have turned to need for a second look into improved maritime domain security.

Court rules against Customs’ collection of import duty on personal effects

        …Awards N5m compensation to Plaintiff


It is unlawful for the Nigeria Customs Service to collect import duty on goods and personal effects in a passenger’s luggage, a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ruled on Wednesday.

Toxic waste discharge responsible for dead fishes in Niger Delta coastline, says NOSDRA

The National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) says findings on the dead fishes on the Atlantic coastline indicated high levels of toxicity caused by toxic wastes discharge.

Maritime Workers Union shelves strike as Wike releases arrested dockworkers in Port Harcourt

File Photo: President General of the MWUN, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju ,with union members at Apapa Port, Lagos.
 The planned industrial action by the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has been shelved following the release of the 20 dockworkers who were arrested in Port Harcourt Rivers over COVID-19 movement restrictions.

Shippers’ Council, NCDC sensitize maritime industry on safety against spread of COVID-19

Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers' Council, Barr Hassan Bello

The Nigerian Shippers' Council in collaborating with the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has began a sensitization exercise of the maritime community on how to stay safe and contain the spread of COVID-19.

Customs FOU ‘A’ apprehends Covid-19 vehicle smuggling frozen poultry products in Ogun

   ...Seizes N12.7bn worth of illegal imports in four months

The Federal Operations Unit of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted a vehicle with Covid-19 sticker used to smuggle frozen chicken into the country.

Tin Can Island Container Terminal donates N100m to FG’s COVID-19 Relief Fund

        *Advise on strict adherence to safety protocols

Tin Can Island Container Terminal (TICT) has donated N100 million to the Federal Government’s Covid-19 Relief Fund within the framework of the national response plan against Covid-19 and the solidarity action initiated by the Federal authorities of Nigeria for the benefit of vulnerable people.

Dockers: COVID-19 universal work site protocols

Credit: ITF

These protocols should be viewed as minimum steps that employers should implement to protect dockers and all workers within the ports.

Olisa Agbakoba Legal loses Managing Partner, Bisi Akodu

Mrs. Bisi Akodu

Managing Partner of Olisa Agbakoba Legal (OAL), Mrs. Bisi Akodu, has passed away on Sunday 10th May, 2020 at the age of 66 years.

MWUN to shut down seaports over arrest of 20 dockers by Gov Wike

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The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has threatened to shut the nation's seaports over what it described as "unlawful arrest" of 20 dockworkers while returning home after the day's work at BUA/PTOL terminal in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

COVID-19: GMD SIFAX Group gives recovery strategies for businesses

GMD SIFAX Group, Mr. Adekunle Oyinloye
The Group Managing Director, SIFAX Group, Mr. Adekunle Oyinloye, has urged businesses to build resilience and staying power as a strategy to survive the current economic crunch occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

ATBOWATON embraces NIWA’s new operating guidelines, but passengers bear increase in fare

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The new operating guidelines for boat and jetty operations as given by the National Inland Waterways Authority(NIWA) has been well received to ensure public health safety of passengers using water transportation.

Dockers to withdraw services at PTOL if terminal fails on PPE provision in seven days -MWUN

              *Union says no dialogue after seven days ultimatum

Dockers would stop work at the PTOL terminal in Port Harcourt, Rivers in the next seven days if the terminal fails to provide protective gears for the workers as prescribed by the health and safety protocols under COVID-19.

Dockers/Seafarers’ Well-being: MWUN charges Port terminals "adhere to protective protocols always"

       *Condemns situation where dockers buy hand sanitizers to keep safe at work
Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, President General, Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria
The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has charged port terminals to make regular provisions to ensure adherence to protective protocols at work sites. President General of the MWUN, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, warned in this interview that the terminals must also work out modalities to maintain social distancing in order to protect the worker as much as possible.

Hand Hygiene Day: “Nurses and midwives, clean care is in your hands!”

Celebrated every year on 5 May, Hand Hygiene Day mobilizes people around the world to increase adherence to hand hygiene in health care facilities, thus protecting health care workers and patients from infections.

Public Health Scare: Our activities have nothing to do with dead fishes along Niger Delta coastline- Shell

Residents along the Atlantic coastline in Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers and Akwa Ibom have reported massive death of croaker fish species since February, raising concerns of increased toxicity of the territorial waters.

Insights & Thoughts: Nigerian Merchant Navy fast fading away without an Act recognizing it- Rear Admiral Ombo (Rtd)

Rear Admiral Siempre Ombo(Rtd)
Again, Rear Admiral Siempre Ombo (Rtd) has stated that except the Nigerian Merchant Navy is constitutionally recognized and established, seafarers would continue to live and operate in a rudderless ship.  

Nigerian Shippers’ Council begins phased resumption for staff

 *Council to fumigate offices and staff buses at weekend
Barr. Hassan Bello, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers' Council

 The Nigerian Shippers’ Council would begin a phased resumption to office with Directors, Deputy Directors and Heads of Divisions who are to report on Monday 4th May 2020.

COVID-19 Pandemic: NIWA issues new guidelines for water transportation, jetty operations

 *Passengers must board immediately on arrival, use hand sanitizer and wear face-mask
Floating Jetty, Marina Lagos
The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) Lagos Area Office has issued fresh guidelines for controlled inland waterways transportation as well as jetty operations.

Video: #HeroesAtSea

Warm greetings to Captain Femi Ogunseyin and Chief Engineer, and the rest of the crew.
Vessel in Cotonou, Benin Republic en route Warri, Delta State, Nigeria to discharge her cargo.
The seafarers are on board ships to ensure world trade continues, in spite of COVID-19 pandemic.
Congratulations! #HeroesAtSeaShoutOut
From the Master Mariners, Nigeria.

Maritime Workers Union seeks inclusion in COVID-19 Ports Committee

      *Wants members educated on how to stay safe

Prince Adewale Adeyanju, President General of MWUN

The Maritime Worker Union of Nigeria (MWUN) wants a representative of the Union to be part of an already set up COVID-19 Ports Committee.

#WorkersDay: Welfare Board, Master Mariners appreciate seafarers, maritime workers

File Photo

As the world marks the 2020 International Labour Day, appreciation have come from the National Association of Master Mariners (NAMM) and the National Seafarers Welfare Board of Nigeria (NSWBN) respectively to the seafarers and workers in the maritime industry.

#MayDay: Shipowner lauds seafarers for sustaining international trade

Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho, Chairman/Chief Executive Genesis Shipping Worldwide Company

A ship owner, Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho, has commended seafarers for sustaining economies as they operate on board ships moving essential needs across the world in spite of the COVID-19 crisis globally.

#MayDay: “We salute your courage and verve,” Mission writes seafarers, maritime workers

Chief Adebayo Sarumi, Chairman, Management Board 
of the Mission to Seafarers, Lagos

The Mission to Seafarers, Lagos celebrates with workers on the International Labour Day, and has sent a message of appreciation and encouragement saying: “We salute the courage and verve of seafarers and maritime workers, who daily sacrifice life and limb to keep global trade afloat.”

COVID-19: Master mariners extol virtual learning at Maritime Academy of Nigeria

File Photo: The ICT Lab of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria

Cadets at the Maritime Academy of Nigeria in Oron, Akwa Ibom are making a good use of the times as they still attend classes and take their lectures via virtual resources.

#MayDay: MWUN will resist attempts on salary cuts, workers’ right to annual leave- Adeyanju

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

The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) would not accept any pay cuts and attempt by management of companies where its members work, to force its members to accept the lockdown period as their annual leave.