Arbitrary Charges: Why Terminal Operators Lost Appeal

In May 2009 Umaru Musa Yar’Adua was the President of Nigeria and his Minister of Transport was a gentleman named Ibrahim Bio. The port concessions had been in operation for about two years, and there was increasing disquiet amongst cargo interests with concerns about terminal charges. Mr. Bio, in line with his powers and the provisions of the concession agreements, approved maximum progressive storage rates to be charged by the terminal operators. According to the tenor of the agreement, the rates were not to be increased without the prior agreement and approval of the Minister.

NLNG, Navy seek new ways to end piracy, oil theft

The Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNG) and the Nigerian Navy have formulated new modalities to fight piracy, and oil theft within the nation’s maritime territory and economic belt zone. 
Speaking at the Naval Headquarters, Abuja, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of NLGN,  Mr. Tony Attah, explained that the provision of security by the navy within the Bonny Channel would go a long way to strengthen the protection of Nigeria’s economic belt zone.

FG set to automate processes in maritime industry

...To eliminate human interface, resuscitate NIMAREX
In its quest to ensure the growth and development of the maritime sector in line with the Presidential order on the Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria, the Federal Government is set to automate all shipping related administrative processes in order to reduce subjectivity and corruption, thereby promoting transparency in the Nigerian maritime industry. 

Cabotage compliance policy, safety, top FG's maritime agenda- Amaechi

…As Dakuku calls for more support
The Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi has assured stakeholders in the maritime sector that the Federal Government will leave no stone unturned in actualizing its goal for a safer and more secured maritime domain in the Nigeria maritime space. 

Ship Detention Gone Rogue: A Critique of the “HSOP” for Ship Arrest and Detention

In January 2017 Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osibajo SAN launched a document promoted by the Nigerian Navy and produced by the Federal Ministry of Justice called “Harmonized Standard Operating Procedures on Arrest, Detention and Prosecution of Vessels and Persons in Nigeria’s Maritime Environment 2016.”

In his foreword to the document, the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami SAN expressed satisfaction that the document adequately addresses the issues of overlap of responsibilities of agencies. With the seal of approval of two eminent senior advocates, it was not surprising to hear the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral I.E. Ibas assert that the document is to provide “a consolidated guideline for harmonious management of arrests, detention and prosecution of vessels and suspects as well as seizure and forfeiture”.

Refiners tease plans for 2020 0.5% sulfur bunker fuels

As the shipping and bunker industries await the new 0.5% global marine fuel sulfur limit in less than two years, refiners have this week started to reveal some of their plans for the fuels they want shipowners to buy in 2020.
BP announced two new fuels to be available in Northwest Europe in a private meeting with shipowners during IP week, while ExxonMobil said Thursday that it would be likely to demonstrate its products later this year or early in 2019.

Reps query Transport Ministry, NIMASA over Cabotage waivers

In view of the fact that Nigeria’s cabotage enforcement has faced criticism for ineffectual enforcement, stakeholders in the industry have welcomed the latest attempt by Nigerian lawmakers to restore credibility to the policy which holds a lot of promise for the industry. 

CVFF May Fund Proposed Regional Maritime Bank

Indications have emerged that the challenges currently hindering accelerated development of the maritime industry in West and Central Africa may soon be confined to history if coordinated efforts of its Maritime Administrations to establish a Regional Maritime Bank is actualized.

NIMASA expands scope of Admiralty Law Seminar attendees

In view of their critical role in the dispensation of justice in admiralty matters, the scope of the annual Strategic Admiralty Law Seminar for Judges has been expanded to include Justices of the Court of Appeal.
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside, said the Agency initiated the seminar for Judges of the Federal High Court bearing in mind the exclusive jurisdiction of the Court over Admiralty matters.  

Merit Awards: NIMASA rewards staff professionalism, stakeholders' compliance

…MAERSK, GAC, CHARKINS others bag NIMASA Achievement Awards

In recognition of the numerous contributions of Stakeholders to the growth and development of the maritime sector in Nigeria, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) bestowed awards on outstanding maritime companies; Maersk Nigeria Limited, Gulf Agency Company (GAC) Nigeria Ltd, Charkins Maritime and Offshore Safety Centre among others, alongside some Staff of the Agency who have demonstrated commitment to the sector over the years.


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