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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Stakeholders seek insurance for vessels

Apex maritime regulator, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), has said that in line with the provisions of Maritime Pollution (MARPOL) Convention, all tankers operating on Nigerian waters must put in place adequate and sufficient insurance cover. This was part of the resolutions at a one-day stakeholdwas’ interactive session held on risk of losses sequel to oil spills and tanker accidents. In a communiqué at the stakeholders’ forum, it was also resolved that calculation of NIMASA’s three per cent levy on all wet cargo shall be based on freight…

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Customs opposes pre-shipment inspection

Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone A in Lagos, has said that the pre-shipment inspection scheme is not the best for the country because of insecurity. Already, stakeholders have been pushing for a return to pre-shipment inspection to check the trend of illegal shipment of arms  into the country. However, the Controller of FOU, Comptroller Mohammed Uba Garba, said in Lagos that pre-destination would further create problems for the country. Garba said that the country stands at a far greater economic and security advantage with destination inspection…

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Nigerian ports’ global rating drops

As inter-port competition increases and private sector investment in port facilities rise in the West African region, efficiency rating at Lagos and Tincan ports, the leaders in the region, has dropped. BAYO AKOMOLAFE reports Nigeria, which has the biggest seaports in terms of size and throughput among the habours in West Africa, has not played a significant regional role in transit cargo shipment to landlocked countries despite the ease of doing business introduced recently by the Federal Government. Performance Efficiency service at the Benin and Senegal ports, which provide transit…

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NIMASA seeks $6.4bn transport infrastructure for Nigeria, others

Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has stressed the need for robust financing regime of $6.4billion for Nigeria and 12 countries in sub-Saharan Africa countries in the area of transport infrastructure. The Director General of the agency, Dr. Dakuku Peterside made this call during the Africa maritime summit held in London, United Kingdom at the International Shipping Week 2017. He advised countries in Africa to address the acute dearth of relevant professionals in the sector. The agency’s Head, Corporate Communications, Isichei Osamgbi, quoted the director general as saying in…

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Revenue: Terminal operator shifts to general cargo

Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited, a subsidiary of SIFAX Group and operator of Terminal C at Tin Can Island Port in Lagos, has boosted its general cargo service bouquet with the maiden call of a brand new vessel, MV Maritime Challenger at the terminal. The new bulk carrier, which made its first ever voyage to the port, sailed from Singapore. According to the company’s Corporate Affairs Manager, Mr Muyiwa Akande, the vessel has an installed capacity of about 39,744 tons of major and minor bulk cargoes in its first…

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Port users seek improved infrastructure

Port users are mounting pressure on the Federal Government to use part of the proceeds generated by Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to fix the port access roads and other dilapidated infrastructure impeding trade facilitation. BAYO AKOMOLAFE reports As the deplorable roads in Apapa, Lagos keeps hampering access to the seaports and other businesses, port users have said that one of the solutions to the problems currently militating against trade facilitation is to use part of revenue generated by the customs to fix the major roads linking all the ports. Already,…

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FG flayed over feeble local shipping

Unfavorable policies of the Federal Government are responsible for the collapse of indigenous shipping and halfbaked seafarers in the country, stakeholders in the maritime industry have said. They said this in Lagos at a breakfast meeting organised by the Shipping Correspondents Association of Nigeria (SCAN) for public relations officers in the maritime industry. They said that the idle N100 billion in the Cabotage Vessel Finance Fund (CVFF) was meant for indigenous shipowners but has not been used for its purpose. Besides, the stakeholders said that the money was contributed by…

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Customs link missing containers to fast-track abuse

Over 36 containerised cargoes were missing at Nigeria’s seaports due to abuse of her fast-track scheme. The Comptroller-General of NCS, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd.), disclosed this in Lagos at the 45th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN). He noted that investigations by NCS revealed that less than five per cent of importers processed their clearing documents genuinely. Ali said that the Federal Government was losing billions of naira to importers and their agents, who go through the back door during caego clearance. The comptroller general…

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NARTO seeks taskforce to curb extortion, gridlock

Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) has urged the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) to set up a taskforce to tackle extortion and gridlock along port access roads. According to its Lagos State Vice Chairman (dry cargo) sector, Abdullahi Mohammed Inuwa, the two government agencies should compel shipping companies and terminal operators to provide holding bays for trucks coming to drop empty or export containers at the ports. He explained that lack of holding bays was responsible for the massive extortion by security operatives at…

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