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SHIPPERS COUNCIL SLASHES PORT CHARGES BY 34 PERCENT

SHIPPERS COUNCIL SLASHES PORT CHARGES BY 34 PERCENT

Breaking News, Maritime, News Feature, Port News
The Nigerian Shippers’ Council, NSC, yesterday disclosed that it has slashed port charges by 34 percent thereby redirecting Nigerian bound cargoes hitherto diverted to ports of neighbouring countries. Speaking at the third annual Ministerial stakeholders meeting in Lagos, Executive Secretary of the Council, Mr. Hassan Bello said that the processing of further production is ongoing. Although, the Council was silent on the details on the reduction of port charges he, however said that the container cleaning fee that was collected by shipping firms from importers has been cancelled. Bello said that negotiation with terminal operators and shipping companies with regards to port charges is going on adding that with time more of the charges will be reduced. He said: ‘We have reduce...
FG Directs Shippers’ Council to Carry out Audit of All Port Terminals

FG Directs Shippers’ Council to Carry out Audit of All Port Terminals

Breaking News, Maritime, Port News
The Federal Government of Nigeria has directed the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) to carry out a comprehensive audit of all seaport terminals in the country. The government also decried the arbitrarily high shipping charges in West and Central Africa sub-region and called for a downward review of the charges to promote trade among countries in the sub-region. Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo gave the directive in Abuja at the opening session of a three-day sub-regional summit on ‘Unfair Shipping Surcharges and High Local Shipping Charges at the Ports of West and Central Africa Sub-region’ hosted by the NSC. He said, “The Federal Government has mandated the NSC in her capacity as the port economic regulator to carry out a comprehensive audit of all seaport terminals in Nigeria to as...
Nigerian Ports Incapable To Accommodate Big Ships —Hull Blyth Boss

Nigerian Ports Incapable To Accommodate Big Ships —Hull Blyth Boss

Breaking News, Maritime, Port News
Christian Holm, Managing Director of Hull Blyth Nigeria Limited on Thursday ,stated that Nigeria seaports lack capacity to handle bigger vessels as a result of infrastructure decay. Holm dropped the hint during his submission at an Ad-Hoc Committee of House of Representatives inquiring into under utilisation of Eastern ports that modern ports infrastructure can attract cargoes there. Mr. Blyth said ports in the country are far from being modernised and incapable of accommodating bigger vessels and process cargoes in good time. According to him,poorly developed ports will attract smaller vessels and increase cost of shipping. While harping on the issues surrounding security in the country the Hull Blyth boss added that maritime policing has been compromised on Nigeria’s Ter...
Reps C’ttee gives NPA thumbs down for under-utilization Of Eastern Ports

Reps C’ttee gives NPA thumbs down for under-utilization Of Eastern Ports

Breaking News, News Feature, Politics, Port News
August 15, 2019 The House of Representatives Adhoc Committee seeking to determine why the Warri, Port Harcourt, Calabar, Onne and Onitsha Inland Ports Complexes are not being put to maximum use, has blamed the federal government (FG) and NPA for enhancing the deliberate plot to thwart business activities in these ports. The committee at its public hearing on the matter on Thursday noted that the abandonment of the Eastern ports has led to the overwhelming business performances and congestion of the western ports. Members of the committee who unanimously frowned at the presentations of several federal government agencies to support why the ports should not work, were of the opinion that there were underlying ulterior motives to the challenges paraded by the agencies. Various ag...
Namibia inaugurates new port terminal, As Nigeria Struggles with Old Sinking Ports

Namibia inaugurates new port terminal, As Nigeria Struggles with Old Sinking Ports

Breaking News, Maritime, News Feature, Port News
By Hauwa Mustapha Namibian President, Hage Geingob has inaugurated a new $200 million dollars’ port terminal at Walvis Bay, an extension that will double the country’s port capacity from 350,000 containers to 750,000 per year. The inauguration ceremony was held on the 40-hectare platform reclaimed from the Atlantic Ocean. “Namibia has now joined countries such as Australia, Brazil, Dubai and the Netherlands in the utilisation of reclaimed land for port expansion,” said Geingob. Namport director, Nangula Hamunyela said the terminal not only increases Namport’s assets to N$7,6 billion dollars, but also launches the company’s goal to become a logistics hub for the southern African region. Namibia has now joined countries such as Australia, Brazil, Dubai and the Netherlands in ...
17 ships with petrol, other products arrive Lagos ports

17 ships with petrol, other products arrive Lagos ports

Breaking News, News Feature, Port News
By Aisha Cole   Seventeen  ships conveying petrol and other commodities have berthed at Apapa and Tin-Can Island ports in Lagos, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) said Thursday. The authority said in its daily publication, Shipping Position, that the vessels were waiting to berth with their consignments at the ports. According to it, seven of the 17 vessels  are waiting to berth with petrol, while another 10 will berth with containers and general cargo. NPA said that another 29 ships are expected in the coming weeks to sail in with general cargo, bilk sugar, bilk frozen fish  buckwheat,  petrol and containers,  while 18 ships were already discharging gypsum, container, general cargo, petrol, diesel, butane, buckwheat and frozen fish. (NAN)
FG to begin construction of dry ports in Abia, Plateau, others – ICRC

FG to begin construction of dry ports in Abia, Plateau, others – ICRC

Breaking News, Maritime, News Feature, Port News
By Abbas Bamalli The Federal Government is set to begin the construction of Inland Container Dry Ports in Abia, Oyo, Plateau, Borno and Kaduna states to reduce the pressures on the sea ports. This is even as the government had also received private sector proposals for the construction of similar ports in Dagbolu in Osun State, Lolo in Kebbi State, Onitsha in Anambra State and Ogwashi-Uku in Delta State. Director General (DG) Infrastructural Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), Mr Chidi Izuwah disclosed this when he led the management of the ICRC to inspect some Federal Government projects in Kano, which included the dry port and the Oasis Oxygen Plant project at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital. Izuwah said that the Federal Government was committed to the speedy com...
Ex-NPA MD Habib Abdullahi Accused Of Instigating Detention Of Business Partner

Ex-NPA MD Habib Abdullahi Accused Of Instigating Detention Of Business Partner

Breaking News, Maritime, News Feature
A businessman detained by officials of the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) since 2017, Jacob Taiwo Okunrintemi, has accused a former Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Habib Abdullahi, of being behind his ordeal over a disputed sum of $4million. Okunrintemi has filed a fundamental rights enforcement suit before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) challenging the propriety of his detention without trial over an alleged business dispute with his erstwhile business partner, Habib Abdullahi. In petition dated, July 8,2019 authored by Okunrintemi’s lawyer, Bob James, to President Buhari, James attributed his client’s travails to Abdullahi, who he said was the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authori...
Stakeholders Oppose Amendment to NIMASA Act Seeking 1% Contribution to Navy

Stakeholders Oppose Amendment to NIMASA Act Seeking 1% Contribution to Navy

Breaking News, Law, Maritime
Stakeholders in the Nigerian maritime industry have 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. The move was condemned by industry players during a One-Day Public Hearing on “A bill for an Act to Amend the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency Act, No. 17 2017 to increase the functions of the Agency; and for related matters (HB; 1131 & 1178), before the House of Representative Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration. Speaking at the event, the President, African Ship owners Association and a former Director General of NIMASA, Mr. Temisan Omatseye pointed out clearly that it will be against all international conventions of t...