Maritime Academy: Hurdles before interim c’ttee

A six-man interim management committee set up to restructure Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN) at Oron, Akwa Ibom State, may face challenges of inadequate funding, low capacity and the necessary equipment to compete. BAYO AKOMOLAFE reports The oldest nautical institution in the country, Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN), Oron, was established in 1979 by the Federal Government to admit and train various levels of personnel required for running and operating ships of the merchant navy, technical manpower for ports, marine engineering, workshops, piloting and navigation, marine insurance, hydrograph and other…

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Customs cancel alert from intelligent unit

Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Tincan Island Command, has cancelled alert coming from Customs Intelligence Unit (CIU). The command in a statement, said that any consignment duly released from Tincan port would no longer be subjected to alert and cross examination at the gate. Its Public Relations Officer, Uche Ejesieme, explained in Lagos that the move was in line with the presidential order on ease of doing business at the port. The service said that any consignment released by deputy comptroller must not be stopped by officers at the gate for…

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Master mariner seeks commission to tackle challenges

Chairman  and Chief Executive Officer, Genesis Worldwide Shipping, Capt Emmanuel Iheanacho,  has called on the Federal Government  to set up a commission  to tackle challenges facing the Nigerian seaports. Iheanacho, a master mariner, made this call in Lagos at a roundtable forum organised by the Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN). He also suggested that a special committee be set up to look into redesigning the general layout of the Apapa and Tin Can Island ports as cargoes coming in are more than the available infrastructures. He said that the…

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Lagos ports is ‘world’s stowaway hotspot’

Nigerian major ports, Lagos Port Complex and Tin Can Island Port Complex in Apapa, have been identified as hotpots for stowaways. It was gathered that African ports dominated the stowaways, with Lagos ports being the most notorious. Study by a London-based marine insurer, West of England P&I, explained that  the stowaways were boarding roll-on-roll off  ferries to escape to United Kingdom through Northern European ports. It said: “In recent years, the West of England P&I has experienced several incidents whereby large number of stowaways have boarded a vessel in Lagos…

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Agents snub council over professional fee

The Registrar of Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN), Sir Mike Jukwe, is worried over his inability to persuade members of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) to pay the controversial professional operating fee (POF). He said that it would be difficult to collect the controversial fee at the seaports, airports and borders without the cooperation of the association. According to him, ANLCA’s opposition has stalled collection of the fee. Jukwe, who appealed to the customs agents at a meeting of the association in…

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Robbers invade Lagos jetty

An attempt by two robbers to steal some petroleum products from a jetty, Folawiyo Terminal, in Apapa, has been foiled, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has said. The bureau stated, “Duty AB onboard a berthed tanker noticed two robbers trying to insert a flexible hose into 1P/1S cargo tank and immediately informed the duty officer who raised the alarm.” Seeing the alerted crew, IMB noted that the robbers escaped with their flexible hose. It said that a search was carried out throughout the tanker but the thieves did not succeed…

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Agent decries arbitrary charges by shipping firms

The Chairman of Kirikiri Lighter Terminal/ Brawal chapter of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Comr. Goddy Sewa Soleji, has condemned incessant arbitrary charges by shipping companies operating in the country. Soleji, who spoke at the Evergreen Award for Most Outstanding Customs Broker in Lagos, said that most of the charges paid by importers and their agents were illegal. He alleged that legal charges were also excessively hiked by shipping companies because of powerful Nigerians behind them. Soleji said, “They charge arbitrarily and excessively as if nobody can…

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NIWA battles investment challenges in waterways

In the face of water transportation challenges, the stalled river ports projects in the country would be completed before the end of this year to enable investors explore untapped opportunities in the Nigerian inland waterways. BAYO AKOMOLAFE reports Despite its great potential and opportunities for economic development, the Nigerian waterways resources have been grossly underdeveloped. In fact, only 30 per cent of the 10,000 kilometres of inland waters in the country is navigable due to some challenges.   Challenges Such problems include high concentration of sand bar in the river…

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Council inaugurates technical c’ttee for dry ports

Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) has inaugurated a nine-man technical committee on Inland Dry Ports (IDPs) spread across the country. Executive Secretary of the council, Mr. Hassan Bello, said in a statement in Lagos that the committee was set up to ensure collaboration between the council and Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) for the successful take off of the IDP projects in the country. The committee is made of Director, Inland Transport Services, Mr. A. N. Makinde, as chairman; Deputy Director, Law & Policy, Mrs. A. Dublin-Green; Deputy Director, Bilaterial & Multilateral…

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FG orders single line cargo examination

Following an Executive Order 22, the Federal Government has ordered immediate implementation of single interface examination point for all cargoes at the seaports across the country. At a meeting of the Implementation Committee on the Executive Orders issued by the Acting President, Prof.Yemi Osinbajo, the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Usman, asked all the government agencies to comply with the order immediately. With the take-off of the policy, it was gathered that all agencies of government that are required to operate and domicile in the ports,…

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