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Ship Owner Calls For Investments In Ship-Breaking, Ship Recycling


President of the Ship owners Association of Nigeria (SOAN) Mr Greg Ogbeifun, on Monday urged investors to tap the potential of Nigeria’s ship-breaking and recycling sector. Ogbeifun made the plea in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. He said that prior to this time, ship wrecks were taken to foreign countries for breaking and recycling ...

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NSC Advised To Enforce Operating Standards At Ports In 2016

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The President, Shippers’ Association Lagos State, Mr Jonathan Nicol, on Monday advised the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) as the port economic regulator to enforce operating standards by port operators. Nicol gave the advice in an interview in Lagos while unfolding the association’s expectations for 2016. He said the rules of imports and exports must also be obeyed. We believe 50 ...

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Customs FOU Zone C Battles Smugglers


Tackling smuggling has since time immemorial been the uphill task for the Nigerian Custom Service. The more the operatives of the enforcement unit of the agency strategize to nip the criminal activities of the smugglers in the bud, the more the smugglers continue to perfect ways to outwit them, but the controller in-charge of the FOU Zone C Command, Nigeria ...

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NEMA Urges Safety Consciousness As Dry Season Approaches


The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Saturday urged Lagos State residents to be safety-conscious and avoid fire outbreak as dry season approaches. Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, NEMA South-West spokesman, made the call during interview in Lagos. “The dry season is fast approaching as we are getting towards the end of the year.’’ Farinloye said the South-West was a wind storm ...

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Economic Activities Dip Over Calabar Port Dredging Failure

By Andrew Airahuobhor, Lagos   Federal government is seemingly ignoring the huge potentials inherent in Calabar Port. More than N60 billion have been expended in channel dredging contract over the last decade, yet the draught remains at six meters instead of nine meters target, hampering economic activities of Cross Rivers State. If the port is properly dredged, it will naturally be ...

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Controversy Trails Where-Abouts Of Arrested Ship

The fate of a 5,000 tonnes vessel; MT Sapphire 1, allegedly arrested by the Nigerian Navy is generating concerns among indigenous shipowners. The Navy has insisted that the vessel is not in its custody contrary to claim of the owners. Naval authorities told Daily Independent that arrested vessels are released to appropriate authorities within 72 hours maximum. Such vessels arrested ...

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Agenda For New NIMASA Boss

Nwabueze Obi,  NIMASA

By Andrew Airahuobhor, Lagos   Cabotage implementation has remained a recurrent issue stakeholders have put on the front burner since the Coastal and Inland Shipping (CABOTAGE) Act 2003 was signed into law. This is what Calistus Nwabueze Obi, acting director general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) would give a focus to endear himself to Nigerians. Cabotage Act ...

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GWVSL: Most Misunderstood Maritime Partnership

The Strategic Concessioning for Partnership with Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to Provide Platforms for Tracking Ships and Cargoes, Enforce Regulatory Compliance and Surveillance of the Entire Nigerian Maritime Domain, has generated more controversy than any government partnership in the recent past. Nigeria’s apex maritime regulatory authority, the NIMASA, has severally explained that it’s partnering Global West Vessel ...

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FG Paying Lip Service To Maritime Services Reform – Ode

By Ejikeme Omenazu,  Lagos   The Managing Director of Dominion Global Logistics Ltd., Amb. Ochi Emmanuel Ode, has said that the Federal Government has been paying lip service to maritime reforms. He therefore urged the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to give serious attention to the maritime industry considering its importance to the nation’s economy. Speaking in an interview with Daily ...

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Where Is Port Development Levy?

By Andrew Airahuobhor, Lagos   The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Hassan Bello was shocked to his marrow on Tuesday by the crowd of people milling around the Tin Can Island Port. Apart from safety and security concerns elicited by the human traffic, this also exposes the infrastructural deficiencies despite the seven percent port development levy collected contribute  yesterday expressed ...

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Controversy Trail N500m Wharf Landing Fee

By Andrew Airahuobhor, Lagos   Concerns mount over the dilapidated state of access roads to the port amidst more than N500 million accruing yearly to Wharf Landing Fees being collected by the Lagos State Government on cargoes exiting the Lagos Ports Complex, and the Tin Can Island Port, both in Apapa. This is excluding funds generated from petrol and kerosene trucks ...

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NIMASA To Shipowners: Unite To Attract Govt’s Attention

Indigenous ship owners need unity now and not the division currently proliferating association of ship owners. Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) have said that with unity among the indigenous shipowners in the Nigerian maritime sector, they can attract the attention of the Federal Government. A crisis of confidence has been rocking Nigeria Ship owners Association (NISA) since a ...

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FG Changes CVFF Guidelines After Nine Years

•   I Don’t Know How Much Accrued – Permanent Secretary By Andrew Airahuobhor –  Lagos   The Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF) will no longer be disbursed to qualified beneficiaries any time soon. This is because, Federal Ministry of Transport have dumped the first guideline issued in 2006 with which six companies were prequalified to access the fund in 2013. ...

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Maritime Can Substitute Oil and Gas

With potential to generate seven trillion Naira disposable income from maritime sector, Nigeria Shipowners Association (NISA) wants the federal government to protect indigenous shipping operators, which is necessary for Cabotage trade to thrive in Nigeria. President of NISA, Capt. Olaniyi Labinjo said that the Cabotage Act is a clear provision that Nigerians alone are supposed to perform domestic trade on ...

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CET Puts Ports’ Agencies Under Pressure

Comptroller General Nigeria Customs Service Alhaji Abdullahi Dikko

By Andrew Airahuobhor  –   Lagos   If Nigeria does not put its house in order, encourage trade facilitation devoid of bottlenecks inhibiting trade; other West African countries will certainly reap the benefit inherent in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Common External Tariff (CET), formally launched in Lagos on Tuesday. CET would establish a system where once an ...

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Rising Maritime Capacity Building Investments In Nigeria

By Andrew Airahuobhor  –  Lagos   With a N50 billion Maritime University scheduled to begin academic activities in September, and a donation of 100 training berths by Ship owners Association of Nigeria (SOAN), coupled with an intervention programme that has trained 2,500 seafarers already, indeed, Nigeria is on the path of progress. Absence of a training vessel for Nigerian cadets ...

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Multibillion Naira Transaction Fees Threatens Cargo Clearance

By Andrew Airahuobhor  –  Lagos   The inability of Federal Ministry of Transport to dispassionately address a festering economic crisis in the port is threatening to disrupt cargo clearance system with major players in the process in fierce disagreement over how more than N2 billion that would accrue from collection of transaction fees in the ports and border posts would ...

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Scanners Disuse Increase clearance Delay Amidst N40b CISS Levy

By Andrew Airahuobhor –  Lagos   Despite the one per cent Comprehensive Import Supervision Scheme (CISS) levy, which has climbed to an estimated N40 billion over the last 18 months, cargo scanners in the ports have continued to deteriorate with no plan in sight for rehabilitation. This has resulted in 100 percent physical examination of cargoes by the Nigeria Customs ...

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Piracy: Cost Implications On Economy Not Fully Quantified – Igbokwe

Nigeria was reported to have led the sub-regional piracy table in 2014. The menace globally cost between $13 and $16 billion, but the cost implication on the Nigerian economy cannot be fully quantified, said Mike Igbokwe, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). He said while the Gulf of Guinea region accounted for 153 attacks or attempted piracy attacks, Nigeria came ...

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Elusive Quest For 24 Hours Port Operations

By Andrew Airahuobhor  –  Lagos   The inability of seaports terminal operators to carry out 24 hours operations has caused a major crisis at the ports, and is threatening government’s revenue generation drive. Attempt by Customs brokers to shutdown ports operations in protest of demurrage charged by Tin Can Island Container Terminal (TICT) for weekend and public holiday periods pitched ...

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Inauguration: Time To Earn Big From Maritime

By Andrew Airahuobhor   With prevailing level of corruption, Nigeria has been eating the crumbs from its lucrative maritime industry. But the inauguration of a new administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari, known for his aversion to corrupt tendencies, the country is set to enter the path of progress. By entrenching transparency and accountability in the activities of the Ministry ...

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Nigerian Media Should Monitor Buhari’s Administration – Arogundade

Lanre Arogundade is the Director, International Press Centre (IPC), a non-profit; non-governmental organisation and independent resource centre, based in the South-Western part Nigeria. Arogundade in this interview with Judith Eshemitan, spoke on what should be media agenda for the new administration of President Muhammadu Buhari; the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill, and other sundry issues. Excerpt:   What in your ...

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How Registered Assembly Plants Abuse Auto Policy Concessions

Maritime stakeholders insist government should ensure that auto assembly plants start rolling out locally assembled vehicles before the contentious policy is fully implemented. This position is fuelled by the many import irregularities linked to some auto plants registered by the National Automotive Council (NAC). In the automotive industry development plan, Federal government gave fiscal incentives to assembly plants that allow ...

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Understanding NPA’s Directives On Oil, Gas Cargoes


By Andrew Airahuobhor   The April 27, 2015 circular issued by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to operators in the country’s free zones has kicked up a storm that shows no sign of abating. But proper understanding of the issues may calm the confusion. NPA letter reference MD/17/MF/Vol.XX/116 and dated April 27 2015, titled; “Re: Joint Venture Partnership with Samsung ...

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Four Travel Agencies Rake In N36b In 2014

By Abel Orukpe –  Lagos   Travel Investment Company Limited (TICO), a conglomerate of four of the largest travel agencies in Nigeria, has stated that it generated combined revenue of over N36 billion in 2014. The four travel agencies that metamorphosed to TICO in August 2013 include: Touchdown, Quantum, Finchglow and Dees Travels. The consolidation by these entities has set ...

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