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Seme Customs woos traditional rulers in anti-smuggling efforts

Seme Customs woos traditional rulers in anti-smuggling efforts

•makes N294m seizures •destroys N13.5m seized poultry products By Andrew Airahuobhor    The Customs Area Controller of Seme Command of Nigeria Customs Service, Comptroller Ndalati Garba Mohammed has urged traditional…

Towards making Nigerian ports user friendly, competitive

Towards making Nigerian ports user friendly, competitive

Stakeholders in the maritime industry want the government to improve procedures and processes in the country’s international trade, thereby making the ports user friendly and competitive in its quest to…

CO2 emissions predicted to grow 290 percent

In the face of shifting global trade patterns, CO2 emissions from freight transport is expected to grow by 290 per cent by 2050. Freight will replace passenger traffic as main…

CRFFN set to implement uniform charges for freight forwarders

The Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarders (CRFFN) has said that freight forwarders will soon have uniform charges that will be collected as professional fee for their jobs. This…

Investors shun river ports over shallow waters

There are indications that investors are not coming to take advantage of the dredging of River Niger because of shallow waters. Despite the huge investments government made in dredging the…

Near coastal voyage inimical to Nigerian seafarers – Merchant Navy

By Andrew Airahuobhor   Maritime institutions in Nigeria cannot train competent seafarers that can work beyond the country’s coastline and on board vessels above 3,000 gross tons because of the…

African Circle procures 6 special trucks for pollution control

By Andrew Airahuobhor / Correspondent   African Circle Pollution Management Limited (ACPML) said it has procured additional six specialized marine pollution (MARPOL) trucks in a bid to ensure the effective management…

Miscreants take over abandoned vessels in Lagos Anchorage

The increasing incidence of abandonment of vessels on Lagos waters is generating concerns in the maritime industry. This is because; criminals and miscreants have started using some of the vessels…

Imperatives of removing trade barriers

Imperatives of removing trade barriers

As Nigeria joins the rest of the West African Sub region to implement the Common External Tariff (CET) from January 1, 2015, there are fears that the country could become…

MLC 2006 ineffective without domestication

By Andrew Airahuobhor   Nigerian Seafarers will continue to earn meagre pay in the country’s coastal trade until the newly ratified Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006 is domesticated. The International…

Customs hammer dangles over rice import quotas defaulters

The Nigeria Customs Service has threatened to sanction defaulting beneficiaries of the preferential levy/duty rates on rice imports. This will come after the names of defaulters are published after January…

NIMASA Act: A boost to indigenous shipping development

By Andrew Airahuobhor  / Correspondent   The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is under pressure to focus on its core objective of developing indigenous commercial shipping in international and…

Maritime in 2014: A mixed bag of good, ugly developments

Maritime in 2014: A mixed bag of good, ugly developments

For the maritime sector, the year 2014 was not a totally bad year. Several events defined the year, some were positive and others negative. ANDREW AIRAHUOBHOR reports. The year 2014…

Nigerian Navy mounted guns on six Norwegian gunboats – NIMASA

Stories by Andrew Airahuobhor / Correspondent, Lagos   The controversy over the six decommissioned Norwegian warships allegedly sold to ex-militant Government Ekpemupolo, also known as Tompolo, took a new twist on…

Towards utilising opportunities of Nigeria’s maritime domain

Opportunities abound in Nigeria’s maritime domain, but largely underutilised for the country’s benefit. The few tapped are significantly enjoyed by other nations because of an apparent absence of genuine patriots…

Winners emerge in 2014 Ships & Ports Essay Competition

A Delta State-based graduate of Microbiology, Ojo Taiye, was announced as the winner of the 8th edition of Ships and Ports annual National Essay Competition at the official prize presentation…

Group threatens court action against ‘fraudulent’ shipping companies

A Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos on Wednesday, upheld the appointment of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) as port economic regulator. The court also dismissed a case filed…

Customs boss decries economic harm caused by smuggling

The area controller, Federal Operations Unit (FOU) Zone “C” Owerri, of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Victor Dimka, has decried the incalculable harm being inflicted on the nation’s economy as…

How we overcame funding challenge to build shipyard

By Andrew Airahuobhor    In the last 14 years, Starz Shipyard has been the only privately owned indigenous shipyard in Nigeria, a country with a vast maritime domain and huge…

CRFFN to rake in N1b annually as FG set to lift suspension

The Federal Government has expressed readiness to lift the ban on collection of transaction fee by the Council for Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) soon. This will significantly…

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