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Gulf of Guinea Focus: Week 14


Navy Hands Over 15 Suspected Fishermen, Vessel To Edo Govt
Navy Hands Over 15 Suspected Fishermen, Vessel To Edo Govt

The Nigerian Navy Ship, NNS, Delta, has handed over 15 suspects and a Merchant Fishing Vessel, MVF, Lily IV to the Department of Fishery, Ministry of Agriculture, Edo for further investigation. The suspects and the vessel were handed over to the representative of the Fishery Department, Mr Iwanegbe America at the Navy base Jetty in Warri. The Executive Officer of NNS Delta, Capt. Solomon Paul released the vessel and the suspects on behalf of the Commander, NNS Delta, Commodore Abba Muhsin. While addressing newsmen, Muhsin said that the vessel and the suspects were arrested on March 11, in Forcados, Burutu Local Government Area of Delta.


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Navy Arrests Suspected Oil Thief Enroute Cameroon With 15,500 Litres Of PMS
Navy Arrests Suspected Oil Thief Enroute Cameroon With 15,500 Litres Of PMS

The Nigerian Navy, Forward Operating Base (FOB), Ibaka, Akwa Ibom, has arrested a suspected oil thief enroute Cameroon with 15,500 litres of suspected Premium Motor Spirit (PMS). The commanding officer, Capt. Uche Aneke, disclosed this at Ibaka while handing over the suspect and the seized product to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC). Aneke said that the suspect was arrested with the exhibit at about 2:00 a.m. He said the navy received intelligence report that a boat was conveying suspected smuggled products through FOB Ibaka operational area and heading towards Cameroon. ”We intercepted the boat and discovered that it was laden with 15,500 litres of products suspected PMS concealed under a tarpaulin.” We also found a suspected smuggler onboard who was arrested immediately,” he said.


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How NIMASA’s Inactions Cost Nigerian Seafarers Opportunities On Board Foreign Ships – Expert
How NIMASA’s Inactions Cost Nigerian Seafarers Opportunities On Board Foreign Ships – Expert

A Maritime expert has stated that the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has failed to secure employment opportunities onboard foreign ships for Nigerian seafarers ahead of their peers from other countries. A Leader and Co-Founder of Maritime Officers Forum Nigeria, Mr Jeremiah Emmanuel, revealed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. Emmanuel explained that for a seafarer to work onboard a foreign vessel, its flag must have an MoU with the seafarer’s country of origin. He said the leading seafaring nations had prioritised having Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with top shipping nations. He said NIMASA, in that aspect, had exhibited lack of success in its diplomatic role to give Nigerian seafarers a level playing field in the comity of maritime nations.


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WACT Awards Scholarships To Fresh Batch 50 Undergraduates
WACT Awards Scholarships To Fresh Batch 50 Undergraduates

West Africa Container Terminal (WACT) has awarded scholarships to a fresh batch of 50 beneficiaries under its Annual Scholarship Scheme. The WACT Annual Scholarship Scheme awards scholarships to undergraduate students drawn from its host communities of Onne and Ogu. So far, no fewer than 100 students from the two communities have benefited from the scheme worth over N60 million. Speaking recently during the scholarship award and presentation ceremony at Onne Port, Rivers State, the Managing Director of WACT, Jeethu Jose, congratulated the beneficiaries, and said that the scheme is a tool to identify, nurture, and attract talents from the host communities.


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Truck Call Up Technology Set For Deployment At Lekki Port Axis
Truck Call Up Technology Set For Deployment At Lekki Port Axis

The Lagos State Government and Traffic Management System; the promoters of the Call Up Technology in the new free trade zone, have concluded plans to deploy electronic call up system for trucks on the Lekki – Epe axis with a view to manage the traffic that is already building up in the port corridor. Speaking at a stakeholders meeting held at the office of the Lekki Free Zone Development Company recently, Lagos State Commissioner for Transport, Mr. Seun Osiyemi said that the government cannot wait to start the management of the traffic situation along that axis following the indiscriminate parking by both container trucks and tankers on both sides of the road. Osiyemi who went on a tour of the Free Zone, also said that the government is considering use of the waterways to evacuate bulk, dry and liquid from the port.


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Shippers’ Council Approves Haulage Rates for Eastern Ports
Shippers’ Council Approves Haulage Rates for Eastern Ports

The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) has approved negotiated and reviewed haulage rates from Eastern ports to various destinations in the country. The rates approved were in consideration of cost moderation and cargo transport issues. The negotiations were harmonious and the rates agreed upon were acceptable by all parties, including freight forwarders and truck owners. Addressing the meeting in Lagos, the Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Barr.Akutah Pius commended the stakeholders for their conceited effort towards negotiating an haulage rates from Eastern Ports to other destinations. Barr. Akutah lauded the stakeholders for their commitment to move the country forward despite the challenges they are facing in their haulage business.


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