Nigeria unveils Africa's first female harbour crane operators

Determined to maintain its place as a pacesetter among the comity of African maritime nations, Nigeria has recorded another first with the training of the first female Rubber Tyre Gantry (RTG) operators on the African continent. 
Following this development, management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has expressed pride and confidence in the special ability of the women folk in an effort to enhance the maritime industry and improve the nation’s economy through incursion into areas supposedly dominated by men.

Insecurity threatens viability of Eastern Ports

The Nigerian Port Authority (NPA) has reiterated its commitment towards improved security at the eastern ports of the country.

This was disclosed to reporters amidst growing concerns over incessant piracy on waterways within the zone.

Ship owners call for release of $100m Cabotage Fund

The President, Nigerian Shipowners Association, Aminu Umar, has called on the Federal Government to intervene in the delayed disbursement of the Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund to sustain shipping business.

Umar made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos. NAN reports that ship owners have been worried over the non-disbursement of the sum of more than $100 million being administered by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency.

Shipping lines blamed for aiding arms importation

The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) has accused shipping lines of aiding importation of arms into the country.
Comptroller General,  Col Hameed Ali (rtd), who accused the liners at stakeholders meeting  in Lagos, explained that one of the biggest problems the country was  currently facing is illegal importation of arms.
He called on stakeholders to join hands in identifying loopholes necessitating the proliferation of arms into the Nigerian shores.

Amaechi rallies support for Shippers' Council

Nigeria’s transportation minister, Chibuike Amaechi has challenged stakeholders in the Nigerian maritime industry to bring about improvements up to international best practices.

In a speech presented on his behalf by the director of Maritime Services of the Ministry of Transportation, Alhaji Sani Galadanchi, Amaechi said that stakeholders in the maritime industry should collaborate with the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) as well as the Federal Ministry of Transportation in bringing this about.

1% Funding: Navy fails in attempt to amend NIMASA Act

The Nigerian Navy will have to wait a while longer to realize it's statutory objectives of providing security and defending Nigeria's territorial waters against external aggression insurrection.

This was the reality when stakeholders in the Nigerian maritime industry opposed moves by the Nigerian Navy seeking amendment to the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety (NIMASA) Act to contribute 1% of its revenue to the Nigerian Navy.

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.


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