Nigeria emerges new Chair of GGC

Nigeria has emerged as the new Chair of the Gulf of Guinea Commission (GGC) at the 4th Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the GGC, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo called on member states to urgently address the socio-economic and security challenges facing the commission.
He said the members would achieve this by collectively taking measures to check violations of domestic and international treaties in the Gulf.

Gulf of Guinea security dominates G7 meeting

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has stated that capacity building initiatives and sectorial reforms are critical elements that can address maritime security issues in the Gulf of Guinea. Dr. Dakuku made this position known in a paper presented at a G7 high level meeting on maritime security in Rome, Italy. The NIMASA DG noted that despite the security challenges being faced in the region, lots of concerted efforts with Stakeholders and other government Agencies have been put in place to check the menace.

Nigeria rallies to secure re-election into IMO Council

In a bid to ensure that Nigeria wins the re-election into one of the highest decision making body of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), an arm of the United Nation (UN) responsible for global maritime regulation, the Minister of Transportation Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geofrey Onyema has called on all Heads of Foreign Missions to support the country’s quest as it seeks election into the Category C of the IMO Council.

Trafigura wins IOC tender

More Nigerian export plans for January surfaced, while trader Trafigura won the right to sell Nigerian oil to Indian Oil Corp.
More January loading plans emerged, with just over a handful outstanding including Abo, Brass, EA, Ebok, Okono, Okwori, Okwuibome, Oyo and Pennington.
January exports already included 54 cargoes for a total of 1.574 million barrels per day (bpd). While Forcados exports were expected to rise, Bonny Light, Agbami, Bonga, Qua Iboe and Yoho all had smaller export plans compared with December.

NPA takes new measures to ease Apapa gridlock

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) after consultations with major stakeholders, hereby issues the following directives critical to the effective management of the traffic situation around the Apapa Area of Lagos.
According to the statement credited to Abdullahi Goje, General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications of the NPA, with effect from November 23, 2017, all shipping companies MUST house their empty trucks at their holding bays outside of the port location pending the time for vessel loading.

Nigeria's Akpo to load three 1-million barrel cargoes in Jan

Nigeria's naphtha-rich Akpo crude is set to load three cargoes of 1 million barrels each in January, the same volume that will load in December, according to a copy of the program seen by S&P Global Platts on Friday.
Total loadings of the grade will total 3 million barrels. Average daily loadings are set to remain the same as December at 96,774 b/d. 

FG unveils intervention plan for Apapa ports access roads

The Federal Government has rolled out fresh intervention plan for the rehabilitation of the access roads to Apapa ports.
The move, which is expected to bring respite to the residents and businessmen around Apapa and its environs, would see to reconstruction of the roads; relocation of empty trucks from the axis and building of new trailer parks, among others.

Navy inaugurates Data Centre for Maritime Security

The Nigerian Navy has inaugurated the Maritime Safety Information (MSI) portal and Data Centre for effective security and safety of mariners around the nation’s waterways.
The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Ibok-Ete Ibas, who performed the inauguration noted that the data centre, would not only provide security around the nation’s territorial waters but also boost the economy.

NPA engages Nigerian Editors on Port reforms

The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman has said that the Authority will partner the Nigerian Guild of Editors with a view to having a stronger communications channel to convey the gains of the current Port Reforms at the nation’s seaports in conformity with the Federal Government objectives of attracting Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs), whilst making the nation the Hub of Maritime Business in the Sub Region.

NPA may re-engage Intels as Reps settle TSA dispute

The Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) and Intels Nigeria Limited have settled their dispute over payment of revenues through the Treasury Single Account (TSA).
NPA’s Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman, who disclosed this during a session with a House of Representatives panel, said Intels has agreed to pay all its outstanding debts owed NPA through the TSA platform.
Recall that NPA had in September announced the termination of its contracts with Intels, following the later’s refusal to make payments through TSA platform.