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Gulf of Guinea Focus: Week 19


Five Star Logistics Terminal Introduces Automated Gate to Enhance Port Efficiency
Five Star Logistics Terminal Introduces Automated Gate to Enhance Port Efficiency

In a bid to improve port operations and enhance efficiency, Five Star Logistics Terminal has inaugurated an automated pedestrian access gate at the Tin Can Island Port. The state-of-the-art electronic gate, equipped with facial recognition and a smart card system, aims to streamline access control, mitigate pilferage, and address security concerns within the seaport terminal. While addressing news men, Terminal Manager of Five Star Logistics Limited, Mr. Jaysing Kamthe expressed delight at the implementation of this long-awaited innovation, emphasizing its significance in improving service delivery since the terminal’s concession in 2006.


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How Increasing Stowaways At Lagos Ports Dent Nigeria’s Image
How Increasing Stowaways At Lagos Ports Dent Nigeria’s Image

In recent times, the rising incidents of stowaways in the nation’s seaports, especially in Lagos terminals, have reached unprecedented levels, with players raising the alarm that the development must be checked so Nigeria’s image is not further dented internationally. The Lagos Port Complex Apapa and Tin-Can Island Port Complex are the busiest ports linking the nation with the globe for trade, but the influx of ships in and out of these ports also pose opportunities for stowaways to sneak into them. From records, Lagos ranks among the top 10 cities in the world notorious for stowaways.


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How to tackle youth restiveness in North East – NIMASA DG Mobereola
How to tackle youth restiveness in North East – NIMASA DG Mobereola

The Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has expressed concern at the alarming rate of youth restiveness in Nigeria, particularly in the North East.

The Director-General of the Agency, Dr Dayo Mobereola, while addressing attendees at the North East Trade Fair in Bauchi, highlighted the untapped potential of the region’s blue economy, noting that its exploitation could alleviate youth unemployment and reduce insecurity. According to him, there is a need to woo more private investors to take advantage of the economic potential of the North East region, cutting across fishing, aquaculture, logistics, transportation, and tourism.


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Why Nigeria Still Relies On Foreign Seafarers – Stakeholders Lament
Why Nigeria Still Relies On Foreign Seafarers – Stakeholders Lament

Stakeholders in Nigeria’s maritime sector have identified a lack of full implementation of the Cabotage Act, conspiracies among manning agents, shipping companies, and labour unions as contributing factors to the country’s heavy reliance on foreign seafarers. Shipping Position Daily recalls that the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) recently raised concerns over the whereabouts of Nigerian seafarers who were trained under the National Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP) of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA). According to ITF’s Africa Regional Secretary, Safiyanu Muhammed, despite spending more than N16 billion on training of over 2000 seafarers under the NSDP that is being sponsored by NIMASA, Nigeria has no visible presence on the list of nations with seafarers.


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WACT, Ibeto Group Flag Off Onne—Port Harcourt Barging Operation
WACT, Ibeto Group Flag Off Onne—Port Harcourt Barging Operation

APM Terminals’ West Africa Container Terminal (WACT) and the Ibeto Group have commenced a barging operation from Onne Port to Port Harcourt, marking a significant milestone in their recently formed partnership. The inaugural barge call signifies the activation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between WACT and Ibeto Group in the first quarter of this year. The partnership is aimed at promoting strategic collaboration in barging of containers between WACT Onne and the Ibeto terminal in Port Harcourt. Hinged on the customers’ desire for seamless clearance and delivery of their cargoes and removal of bottlenecks associated with logistics for both imports and exports,


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Danish Oil Tanker Crew Rescued After Hijack Off West Africa Coast
Danish Oil Tanker Crew Rescued After Hijack Off West Africa Coast

Six crew members kidnapped by pirates last month from a Danish oil tanker off the Republic of Congo have been rescued in Nigeria, the ship’s owner says. The Liberian-flagged Monjasa Reformer had 16 sailors on board when pirates attacked it on March 25. Despite being owned by a Danish company, none of the crew was Danish. When the 135-metre-long tanker was found by the French navy the following week off the coast of Sao Tome and Principe in the Gulf of Guinea, the remaining crew said six of their colleagues had been kidnapped. “All six crew members who were kidnapped from the oil tanker Monjasa Reformer are now safely recovered from an undisclosed location in Nigeria,” Monjasa said. It did not specify if any ransom was paid.


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