Local shipping firms scuttle seamen’s wage increase

●Seafarers earn 46% less than foreign peers     Procedure that would enhance salaries of the Nigerian seafarers has been tactically stalled by the indigenous shipping companies. It was gathered that the local ship owners, who have been complaining of lack of business and huge bank debts have avoided the signing of the newly-approved Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), which concerns remuneration and welfare of seamen on-board ships. The last time the wages were reviewed was 2011, but it was learnt that series of meetings had been held to review the…

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Port charges scam: Shipping firms, others collect illegal charges

  It is no longer news that Nigerian ports are reported to be the most expensive ports in the world, but what has remained confounding to many is persistent denial by the main operators accused of being responsible for the high port tariff, terminal operators and the shipping companies, that they are not responsible.   They terminal operators had rather accused the Nigerian Customs Service and Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders of being responsible for the illigalities in the ports.   The Spokesman of Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria…

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Shipping lines face holding bay, damaged containers’ challenge

Shipping lines are currently facing challenge of securing holding bays to stack their empty containers as directed by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA). Also, some of them are finding it difficult to return damaged containers to their ports of origin in Europe, Asia and America.   Investigation by New Telegraph revealed that in the first half of 2017, NPA recorded 223,168 empty containers in all the ports. It was gathered that a total of 101,717 empty containers were stacked at the port in the first three months of the year,…

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Customs accuses shipping lines of aiding arms proliferation

The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) has accused shipping lines of aiding importation of arms into the country. Its Comptroller General,  Col Hameed Ali (rtd), who accused the liners at stakeholders meeting  in Lagos, explained that one of the biggest problems the country was  currently facing is illegal importation of arms. He called on stakeholders to join hands in identifying loopholes necessitating the proliferation of arms into the Nigerian shores. Ali noted that between January and October,  2017, Customs intercepted 2,671 pump rifle action. The comptroller general noted that importers knew…

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$100m oilfield chemical investments at risk

The over $100 million investments in oilfield chemical sub-sector of Nigeria’s oil and gas industry is on the brink of collapse, New Telegraph has learnt. Investigations revealed that stakeholders in sub-sector are rising against this major threat to business exasperated by longerthan- necessary tendering cycle in Nigeria, which is six times longer than that of its rival oil producer in Africa, Angola. Former President, Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers, Dr. John Erinne, has also confirmed this challenge. He told this newspaper on the side-line of Second National Oil and Gas…

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Vessels stranded with 125,500 tons of petroleum products

As loading resumes at Mosimi depot in Ogun State, no fewer than 10 vessels laden with 125,500 metric tons of various petroleum products have been stranded on Lagos water channel since March, 2017, New Telegraph has learnt. The products, which are expected at seven different jetties in the last three weeks, are premium motor spirit (PMS), diesel and Jet A1. These products arrived at Lagos anchorage and are awaiting berthing space. According to Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA)’s shipping position, six of the vessels are being expected at Ibafon jetty with…

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The secret code (2)

“From henceforth let no man trouble me for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus” – Galatians 6:17 The benefits of the secret code of the Lord are enormous as written in Psalm 91. Apostle Paul was fully aware of this when he issued the warning in Gal. 6:17. When you bear the marks of the Lord, who is that witch or wizard that can mark you? This is because the marks guarantee angelic protection and assistance and what is more, no man can kill you…

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Senate probes Customs, banks over alleged N30trn fraud

Reps investigate $2bn deposit in CBN for OICs   The Senate Committee on Customs, Exercise and Tariff, yesterday,commenced investigation into over N30 trillion fraud allegedly perpetrated in the import, export value chain between 2006 and 2017. The committee also invited the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Mr. Godwin Eme-fiele; Finance Minister, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun; and the Minister of Budget and Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma to appear before it to give clarifications in relation to the investigation. The committee chairman, Senator Hope Uzodinma, disclosed this at an investigative meeting…

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Importers to FG: Remove raw materials from forex ban

Importers have urged the Federal Government to review the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)’s policy on 41 items barred from the official foreign exchange window. Director General, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Mr. Segun Ajayi- Kadir, made this call in Lagos after the association’s meeting with officials of Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC). He said that the operating environment was not  competitive for business because of government’s import policy. Specifically, he said there were 680 tariff lines in the 41 items. He explained that 95 of them were raw materials not…

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