Shipping lines at crossroads over private armed guards

The use of contract armed security guards by shipping lines to deter piracy has been proscribed by the Federal Government despite increased robbery and weak policing of Nigerian waters. BAYO AKOMOLAFE reports   As the world’s navies could not control vast area in the high seas to secure all ships sailing to various ports, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO)’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) in 2011 approved an interim guidance to shipowners, ship operators and shipmasters to use privately contracted armed security personnel on board ships transiting the high risk piracy…

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Bonded terminal operators lose 90% workforce

  About 20 bonded terminals in Lagos have sacked 90 per cent of their staff due to lack of job, Bonded Terminal Operators of Nigeria (BTON) has said.   It was learnt that each terminal employs up to 500 staff aside the 10,000 auxiliary workers.   Executive Secretary of BTON, Mr Haruna Omolajomo, said in Lagos that bonded terminals were operating below three per cent.   He noted that facilities worth about N3trillion in the terminals were wasting.   Omolajomo noted that bonded terminals in Lagos were not allowed to…

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National fleet: Ship owners fret over slow pace

Following the demise of the Nigerian National Shipping Line (NNSL) in 1995, a new national fleet being conceived to boost shipping in the country is still crawling as the Federal Government failed to amend the Maritime Act. BAYO AKOMOLAFE reports   Shipowners are at crossroads over the establishment of a national fleet to boost domestic and international shipping in the country largely dominated by foreign liners. The plan to float a national fleet was mooted in 2016, when the Federal Ministry of Transportation set up a National Fleet Implementation Committee,…

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French carrier to manage 2.5m TEU Lekki Port

French container carrier, CMA CGM is to handle the proposed 2.5 million Twenty Equivalent Unit (TEU) and 10,000 TEU container ships at Lekki port.   Already, Lekki Port LFTZ Enterprise has signed a memorandum of understanding with the shipping company.   This is coming barely a year after the Philippine port developer, International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI), the first investor at the container terminal, halted an agreement to develop and operate the container terminal in May 2017 ICTSI backed out of its N85.5 billion ($225 million) investments from the $1.5…

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Smuggling: Niger as transit route for Nigeria

With the ban on importation of vehicles through land borders by the Federal Government taking a toll on smugglers, Republic of Niger has become a new route for the illegal business, BAYO AKOMOLAFE reports.   The ban on importation of vehicles through land border and Federal Government’s automotive policy, which attracts 70 per cent duties, have fueled the number of smuggled vehicles through porous routes in the northern part of the country.   Investigation by New Telegraph revealed that smugglers are routing vehicles imported from Cotonou Port in Republic of…

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Tough times ahead for local shipping lines

Unless the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) uses its discretionary power to intervene, indigenous shipping sector may collapse soon as over 80 per cent of their single hall vessels may be debarred from Nigerian waters by 2020, BAYO AKOMOLAFE reports   Indigenous ship owners may face another hurdle in the next two years on Nigerian waters as the five years grace given for them to shift from single-hull ships to double hull expire.   Also, they would not be permitted to engage in international trade from January 2021…

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NPA, UNILAG to collaborate on capacity building

Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and University of Lagos have resolved to collaborate on capacity building for its workforce.   To this end, the authority in a statement, said that adequate provision would be made in the 2018 budget to meet some of the urgent requirements and needs of the university under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative.   The Managing Director of the authority, Hadiza Bala Usman, gave the assurance when a delegation from the university led by its Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, paid her a courtesy call at the…

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Maritime Academy Threatened by unskilled manpower

Thirty-nine-years-old Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN) is facing inadequate manpower and infrastructure to compete with its counterparts in The Philippines, India, Egypt, England and thevUnited States. BAYO AKOMOLAFE reports   For close to four decades, the decision by some cadets at the Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN) to proceed to the second phase of their mandatory training on board ships after due academic certification has been a tall order.   The academy was established in 1979 to train shipboard officers, nautical engineers, marine engineers, ratings and shorebased management personnel to…

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Terminal commits N126bn on facilities

APM Terminals has invested over $350 million (N126 billion) on the development and modernisation of its terminal at the Lagos Port Complex Apapa. The investment, according to the company’s Head of Government, Stakeholder Relations and Communications of APM Terminals Apapa, Austin Fischer, covers the development of container handling, stacking yards, container inspection facilities, sophisticated and ultramodern cargo handling equipment and information technology.   Also included ar the automation, human resources, a world class training centre, simulator and rail sidings. Fischer said that the company had commenced work on the provision…

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Customs agents fret over 7% port surcharge abuse

The 7 per cent port development surcharge statutorily introduced is not working for the National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents (NCMDLCA). The National President of NCMDLCA, Lucky Amiwero, said this while presenting a paper at a forum in Lagos.   He said that the surcharge was established exclusively to maintain and improve infrastructure at the seaports. Amiwero noted that the fund was drawn from an additional 7 per cent of the duty on imported goods.   He urged the government to build truck holding bays and truck…

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