FG institutes Interim Committee to re-position Maritime Academy

Nigeria’s Federal Government has instituted an Interim Committee to reposition the Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN) Oron, into an institution that will bridge the dearth of technical expertise that currently exists in the maritime sector in Nigeria.

The Minister for Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi while inaugurating the committee on Wednesday in Abuja disclosed that, “currently the kind of graduates that Maritime Academy produces and the kind of facilities available there are a shame to the country”.

Niger Delta Militants rescind threat against oil majors

A coalition of militants in the Niger Delta who had previously vowed to attack Nigerian oil and gas pipelines if their demands were not met by October 1st, has agreed to rescind their threats on the fossil fuel infrastructure in the delta.

Abuja held several closed-door meetings with the coalition on Thursday, after which the group declared its loyalty to the Pan Niger Delta Forum, which is negotiating with the federal government to increase the proportion of oil revenues used to develop the oil-rich delta.

Hurricane Irma forces Trump to waive Jones Act

The Trump administration is waiving Jones Act requirements until September 15 to address a potential fuel shortage in Florida caused by the approaching Hurricane Irma and lingering Gulf Coast pipeline and refinery disruptions following Hurricane Harvey.

The Jones Act, which Nigeria's Cabotage Act was modelled after, requires vessels transporting goods between US ports to be US-flagged, US-built and majority US-owned.

Uncertainty clouds Nigeria’s quest for national shipping line

Indications are rife that efforts by the Nigerian government to float a new national shipping line may end up being another wild goose-chase following inactivity surrounding the process of establishing the new national liner.
This is even as members of the technical committee saddled with the responsibility of coming up with a roadmap on how the new national carrier will be structured have complained of lack of necessary impetus and support from appropriate authorities.

NPA tackles Apapa traffic congestion with multi-modal cargo haulage

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) is exploring the feasibility of deploying multimodal cargo haulage around the Apapa logistics corridor to ease the concerns of stakeholders who have expressed concern over the state of access roads to the Lagos Port Complex.

To this end, talks are on with the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) to encourage movement of cargo by rail to and from Apapa Ports and increase the frequency of evacuation since one train movement is equal to about 70 truck movements.

German firm plans virtual pipeline for Nigeria's LNG market

OTI Greentech AG, an international environmental engineering and technology services group listed on the Düsseldorf Stock Exchange, on Wednesday, announced its intention to expand its activities in the Nigerian LNG market by having VTT Maritime West Africa develop a technical concept for a virtual gas pipeline. 
The concept focuses on supplying private and public sector in Nigeria with natural gas and is related to Nigerian government's electricity initiative aimed at increasing supply of gas to boost electricity production. 

Maritime Security: 'Homeland' takes delivery of Damen patrol vessel 'GUARDIAN 3'

A Damen 3307 Patrol Vessel has been delivered to Homeland Integrated Offshore Services Limited (Homeland) of Lagos, Nigeria, taking their fleet of these award-winning craft up to three in number. A fourth is also currently under construction.
Guardian 3 along with its sister ships Guardian 1 and Guardian 2 is now providing security and other support services to the international offshore oil companies active off the coast of Nigeria in the Gulf of Guinea, in cooperation with the Nigerian Navy.

Mixed reactions trail scrapping of NPA’s zonal offices

Nigerians have continued to react to the on-going organisational restructuring taking place at the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), leading to the scrapping of its zonal structures which the management avers, will improve efficiency and enhance professionalism.

Apparently, the move, which was approved by the NPA Board in July and launched into action by its Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman last week, had become important because the Authority’s structure had remained the same in spite of the 2006 concession which changed its status from owner to landlord.