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Volume 6, Issue 121
14th April 2020.

OUR VISION

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

NEWS WITHIN OUR SHORES

FG hands over Tin Can, Lilypond truck parks to private investors

The Federal Ministry of Works, Power and Housing and the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) have handed over the management of Tin Can and Lilypond truck parks to private operators to oversee movement of trucks accessing the Apapa and Tin Can Island ports.

NPA last year said it had commenced procurement process seeking for private investors to manage the trailer park at Tin Can port when completed.

Disclosing this in a chat with SHIPS & PORTS, Chairman, Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO), Chief Remi Ogungbemi, said the Tin Can trailer park has been handed over to a private firm, MOB Integrated Services Limited while the Lilypond truck park would be managed by Truck Transit Park Nigeria Limited.

Ogungbemi said although the investors are yet to roll out modalities for the management of the truck parks, he is optimistic that the new arrangement will eliminate extortion of truck drivers, reduction in the number of security operatives and clogging of trucks along the port access roads

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Maersk remains open to customers in Nigeria 

Maersk Nigeria Limited has said that its offices remain open to customers in the country.

Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos, neighbouring Ogun State and the Federal Capital Territory Abuja are currently under a 14-day lockdown, but government has asked shipping and port services to remain open and continue with their operations.

The global logistics company said while customers who must, may come to its offices to transact business while observing strict safety measures against COVID-19 as outlined by the World Health Organisation (WHO), Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and other relevant arms of government, its online platforms are also available for use.

“We urge our customers to make full use of our online platforms to stay safe and to do business,” Maersk said.

Maersk Nigeria said it has made significant investment in its digital platforms to find new ways to simplify container transport, cut down on turnaround time, reduce costs and boost transparency for its customers.

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FG expresses concern over economic stability, job creation amid lock down

The Federal government is seriously concerned with how to ensure economic stability, job protection and creation of more jobs, amid the lockdown Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said in an interview with some journalists after a private meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa Abuja last night.

The Vice President also said he met with Buhari to resolve some of the pressing issues around Covid-19 and the economic problems Nigerians are facing. Osinbajo disclosed that the Economic Sustainability Committee headed by him will soon submit a full report to President Muhammadu Buhari on its thoughts and ideas on how to stabilize the economy.

Buhari extends lockdown as Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases hit 343

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday extended by 14 days the lockdown of Lagos, Abuja and Ogun as a result of rising Coronavirus cases. This is even as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed 20 more cases of the coronavirus disease, bringing the total in the country to 343.

In a tweet on Monday, NCDC said the new cases were 13 in Lagos, two in Edo, two in Kano, two in Ogun and one in Ondo.

“As at 09:50 pm 13th April there are 343 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria. 91 have been discharged with 10 deaths,” the agency said. 

It said so far, 19 out of 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory Abuja have confirmed cases of the infection. 

On the extension of the lockdown in the FCT, Lagos and Ogun States, President Buhari said it was necessary to extend the restriction of movement for another 14 days “effective from 11:59 pm on Monday, 13th of April, 2020”.

The president, in a nationwide broadcast, lamented that Lagos State remains the epicentre and accounts for 54% of the confirmed cases in Nigeria

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FOREIGN WATCH

Carnival Cruise Lines extends sailing suspension until June 27

Carnival Cruise Lines has suspended all North American sailings through June 26, 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. 

Carnival announced the extended pause in operations in a post on Twitter. 

It wasn’t immediately clear if the suspension applied to all Carnival Corp. brands since each brand is run independently.  

The company said it is also cancelling Carnival Sunrise’s seasonal itineraries out of New York for this summer and fall. 

The announcement from Carnival Cruise Lines comes after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control on April 9 extended a “no sail” order for all cruise ships for 100 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register, or until the COVID-19 pandemic is no longer a public health emergency, or if the CDC Director rescinds or modifies the order. 

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Philippines repatriates over 13,000 distressed seafarers

A group of 668 seafarers landed today at an airport in Manilla, the Philippines, breaking the 13,000 figure of repatriated seafarers who were displaced by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The latest wave is the second of three groups planned to arrive today in the country’s capital as part of a massive governmental campaign to return the affected seafarers home.

The Philippines is considered to be one of the world’s biggest suppliers of seafarers on international ships and the pandemic has left thousands of its sailors stuck on merchant and cruise ships unable to return homes amid globally imposed travel restrictions. 

Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs Sarah Lou Y. Arriola said earlier that the government would try to reach everyone and leave no-one behind.

The Philippine Embassy in Washington DC coordinated the repatriation of the seafarers who were stranded in Miami, USA and in Barbados, in close cooperation with the repatriates’ local manning agency, CF Sharp, and cruise line companies, Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) and Spirit and Oceania Cruises.

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