Volume 6, Issue 118
23th March 2020.


To deliver exemplary transshipment operations, procurement and charter services- on time, on budget- according to global safety and quality standards. `  


Port congestion worsens as customs halts barge operations

There are indications that vessel congestion will worsen at the Lagos seaports, as the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) placed ban on the usage of barges to convey containers in and out of the ports.

The adoption barges as evacuation model was earlier introduced by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) in order to reduce congestion at the ports.

Since the introduction barges for the evacuation of cargoes, there has been temporary relief on the port access roads and reduction in the number of days spent by stranded vessels at the anchorage.

Already, shipping firms are worried that the waiting period in Lagos anchorage now exceeds one month.

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Amaechi to inaugurate NPA, NIMASA boards on Friday

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, will on Friday inaugurate the new Boards of Directors of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

A statement signed by Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Sabiu Zakari disclosed that Akin Ricketts and Honourable Asita are the new chairmen of the Boards of NPA and NIMASA, respectively.

Ricketts, a former Information Commissioner in Cross Rivers State with interests in logistics and procurement for the oil and gas sector and mechanized farming, is expected to bring his diverse experience in the corporate boardrooms to the strategic board of the maritime regulator.

Others members of the Governing Board of NPA which has Hadiza Bala Usman retained as Managing Director include three Executive Directors namely Muhammed Koko, Idris Abdulkadir, and Onari Brown.

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NPA is closing gender gap, says Olotu

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) is currently closing the gender gap in order to give females more opportunities to partake in the quest to reposition the nation’s maritime sector.

Port Manager, Lagos Port Complex (LPC), Mrs Olufunmilayo Olotu, who disclosed this recently said although women have contributed to the growth of the sector, more females need to professionally distinguish themselves if equality for all at the workplace would be realized.

Olotu, among other stakeholders who spoke at the celebration of the 2020 International Women’s Day tagged “I am Generation Equal”, in Lagos, said capacity development programs and other self-improvement routines for females would close the gap of gender inequality in the nation’s maritime sector.

FG bans travels from China, Italy, US, UK, nine others

The Federal Government on Wednesday placed a travel ban on 13 high-risk coronavirus countries.

The countries are China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Japan, France, Germany, Norway, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, and Switzerland.

The government said the travel restriction was placed on countries with over a thousand cases of the novel coronavirus.

It added that the ban, which would take effect on Friday, March 20, would last for four weeks and is subject to review.

The government also announced the temporary suspension of all visas issued to nationals from these countries. 

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LNG-Powered CMA CGM Jacques Saade Heads for Sea Trials as CSSC Resumes Work

The 23,000 TEU LNG-powered containership giant CMA CGM Jacques Saade has set sails for sea trials right on schedule, according to its builder Hudong–Zhonghua Shipbuilding, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation. 

The super-large boxship is 400 meters long and 61 meters wide, and can sail at a service speed of 22 knots.

The shipbuilder was faced with numerous hurdles in meeting the deadline, in particular staffing shortages caused by the precautionary measures aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus in China.

Namely, the ship was scheduled to undergo mooring tests and inclination tests before it could be cleared to test its mettle at sea.

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ICS: Issue of Crew Change Poses Serious Concern amid Coronavirus Crisis

The issue of crew change that has arisen due to the coronavirus pandemic should be of particular concern to the international community, according to Guy Platten, Secretary-General at the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).

“Every day, seafarers across the world are providing a front-line service to the global economy,” he said.

“Limitations on crew change  — the replacement of one of the ship’s crew members with another one —  have the potential to cause serious disruption to the flow of trade,” Platten believes.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many countries have closed their borders and restricted port entry. While nations are trying to contain the virus, global trade must continue, Platten pointed out.

“Not only do we have a duty to ensure that global trade continues, but we also must ensure that the welfare of our seafarers is not jeopardized… this pressing problem requires the attention of the entire international community,” ICS Secretary-General added.

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