Why NLNG abandoned Nigeria’s ship registry

Contrary to belief by some stakeholders that the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas, NLNG, prefers its vessels registered abroad, facts have emerged that the company which has a large fleet of ocean going ships, abandoned registration in Nigeria because of substandard registry. 
All vessels, according to the rules of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), are expected to register under a country of their choice, the maritime administration, which in turn permits such ship to fly their flag. 

IMO sulfur cap: Port States to inspect bunker tanks

More than a year after announcing its global 0.5% sulfur cap on marine fuels to be introduced in 2020, the International Maritime Organization has taken a first step towards helping member states deliver it.
The sulfur cap is due to be cut from 3.5% to 0.5% at the start of 2020, forcing most shipowners either to switch from burning fuel oil to cleaner, more expensive alternatives, or to invest in emissions-cleaning scrubber equipment to be installed on each vessel.

Lekki Deep Seaport: NPA owes $87.9m equity share

Acting Director General of the Infrastructure Concession regulatory Commission (ICRC) has accused the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) of frustrating the development of the over $1.5 billion Lekki Deep Seaport project following its failure to pay $110.9 million equity share for  the project in full. 
According to the ICRC boss, Engneer Chidi Izuwah, the Lagos State Government has paid up its 18.15 per cent equity while NPA only paid $23 million out of the $110.9 million of its equity, which is 20 per cent. 

Terminal operators waive N1.5bn charges on TCN containers

Container terminal operators in Nigeria waived a princely sum of N1.5 billion on 500 containers carrying power equipment belonging to the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).
According to a statement issued by the umbrella body of the operators, the Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN) weekend, the container terminal operators waived the amount on the stranded TCN containers in support of the federal government’s effort to ensure steady supply of electricity in the country.

FG positioning transport, shipping to lead employment, GDP- Shippers' Council

The Federal Government has begun implementation of deliberate plans and policies targeted at making the country’s transport and shipping businesses become leading employers of labour and major contributors to the national Gross Domestic Product, GDP.

NPA moves to take over Apapa Road construction from Ministry of Works

Following the protracted delays by the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to construct the Tincan Island port access road and ease the gridlock, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has made a request to the Federal Ministry of Transportation for consideration to have the NPA take over the construction of Tincan Island port access road.
The Managing Director of the NPA, Ms Hadiza Bala-Usman disclosed this on Friday while speaking at a stakeholders meeting held in Apapa, Lagos.

Intermodalism: NPA flags off cargo movement by containerized barge

In line with efforts to encourage intermodal transportation in cargo evacuation, Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman on Wednesday, flagged off the first movement of export cargoes with barges from the Ikorodu Ikorodu Lighter Terminal to APM Terminal Apapa by CRS Logistics Limited.
The current management of the NPA has continually emphasised the importance of deploying multimodal means of transportation from and into all port locations in Nigeria. 

Vitol ships rare Suezmax cargo to West Africa

Nigeria’s push to keep its citizens stocked with fuel is drawing close to a million tonnes a month of gasoline from Europe - including now on a rare Suezmax vessel booked by Vitol.
The country is working overtime to replenish its tanks after shortages and queues popped up across the nation of more than 180 million in early December - sparking a scramble for state oil company NNPC.

N250bn Revenue Target: Promise kept at NPA

At the beginning of the 2017 fiscal year, Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, trained the spotlight on herself when she set an ambitious annual revenue target of a quarter of a trillion naira for the Agency that prides itself and rightly so, as the ‘Gateway to the Nation’s Economy’.

Maritime workers suspend strike

The Maritime Workers Union, MWUN, on Tuesday suspended its strike as the federal government pledged to tackle all demands raised by the union.
Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, made this known after a conciliatory meeting between the union and the Ministry of Transportation, Ministry Power, Works and the Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, in Abuja.


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