Uruguayan Navy arrests Nigerian stowaways

Uruguayan Navy has arrested four Nigerians, who illegally boarded a bulker at the Lagos Port Complex, Apapa. The Supramax bulker is owned by a Greek company, Technomar Shipping. The stowaways, who had threatened the crew of the bulk ship while sailing outside Nigerian port, were arrested after the Uruguayan authorities received a distress call from the ship’s captain, saying that the stowaways mutinied and threatened the crew members during the voyage to the Port of Recalada in Argentina when the distress call was sent out. The officials later escorted the…

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Arbitrators’ institute produces 8,000 experts

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) United Kingdom, (Nigeria branch), has produced over 8,000 professionals in maritime and other sectors of the Nigerian economy in the last 17 years. Chairman of the institute, Mrs Doyin Rhodes-Vivour,  said in Lagos that all practitioners in the sectors to adopt Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to enable Nigerian economy attain the required standard. She explained that ADR was a resolution of disputes by parties through arbitration. A former President, Maritime Arbitration of Nigeria, Dr Omogbai Omo-Eboh, said that the association had the objectives of introducing…

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INTELS/NPA: A deal gone sour

As the conflict between Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and INTELS Nigeria Limited lingers, some companies have been invited to bid for the pilotage service contract, thus heightening tension. BAYO AKOMOLAFE reports In the last few weeks, the Federal Government through the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), has been at loggerheads with one of the foremost investors in the nation’s maritime sector, Intels Nigeria Limited.  Although observers have taken positions depending on their understanding and affiliation to the parties, developments in the crisis suggest that all has not been too well with…

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Shipping lines slam unapproved charges on containers

Importers using Lagos ports are to cough out additional and unapproved charges introduced by shipping lines. The unapproved charges called Port Additional Destination (PAD) were introduced last week. It was gathered that the charges were imposed without the approval of the port economic regulator, Nigerian Shippers Council (NCS). Already, one of the liners, CMA CGM Shipping Nigeria Limited, has started charging N38, 000 per 20 feet container and N76,000 on a 40 feet container from importers. Worried by the development, the Chief Executive Officer, Mickey Excellency Nigeria Limited, Alhaji Abdulazeez…

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Apprehension over frequent mishaps on Lagos waters

●Officials confirm daily recovery of corpses Derelicts boats, undulating water surface, recklessness among operators and lack of adequate monitoring by regulatory agencies have been identified as being responsible for incessant misfortunes befalling those who travel on Lagos waters. BAYO AKOMOLAFE reports Nigerian waterways have been experiencing turbulence on a daily basis despite threat by National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) that unlicensed boat operators would no longer be allowed to ferry passengers due to frequent accidents. A few weeks ago, operatives of the Nigeria Police Force, Marine Unit, said the waterways…

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Nigeria, Ghana sign MoU on maritime operations

Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ghanaian Maritime Authority (GMA). At the official signing of the MoU at the Nigerian Maritime Resource Development Centre in Lagos on Monday, the Director General of agency , Dr. Dakuku Peterside noted that intra-African collaboration was a vital requirement for Africans to effectively harness the natural potentials that the Blue economy represent for the continent. Peterside noted that Nigeria and Ghana had a historical link in the maritime sector. He added that the African…

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Nigeria as hotspot of piracy

The international Maritime Bureau (IMB) has named Nigerian waters as one of the hotspots for piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. BAYO AKOMOLAFE writes Miffed by the surge in armed robbery and kidnapping on Nigerian coastal waters, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has promised that sea robbery will be totally eradicated on Nigeria territorial waters by June 2018. Its Director General, Dr Dakuku Peterside, assured that security challenges facing the country’s maritime domains and territorial waters would be tackled following the approval of funds by the Federal…

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Terminal operator worried over unproductive scanners

A concessionaire at the Tincan Island Port, SIFAX Group, has expressed displeasure over the slow pace of government in addressing the problem of faulty scanners at the seaports. The Executive Vice Chairman, SIFAX Group, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, noted that lack of scanners had compelled men of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) to resort to 100 per cent physical examination of cargo at port terminals. He explained that the situation had the possibility of compromising the national security of the country. Afolabi called on government in a statement by the company’s…

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Agents knock Customs for frustrating FG’s executive order

Customs brokers under the aegis of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) have blamed the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) for frustrating the Federal Government’s executive order at the seaports. ANLCA said that the service had become a stumbling block towards the implementation of ease of doing business in the industry. Its National Publicity Secretary, Dr Kayode Farinto, in a statement, said that it was imperative for NCS to work in line with government’s policy on ease of doing business in the country. Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed…

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Infrastructure decay, service delay persist

Despite the potential in the maritime industry, poor infrastructure, high cost of insurance, piracy, dearth of  vessels and manpower among others, have retarded growth of the industry, 57 years after the country’s independence. BAYO AKOMOLAFE reports With its 823 kilometres coastal territory, the inability of Nigeria to explore its ocean blue economy has resulted in economic setback in the last 57 years. As the largest market in the African continent and the biggest economy in the sub-Saharan Africa, Nigeria accounts for over 65 per cent of total sea-borne traffic in…

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