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Volume 6, Issue 119
17th February 2020.

OUR VISION

To become the premier marine logistics and charter services company in Nigeria, and a leading and internationally recognized marine services provider in West Africa.

NEWS WITHIN OUR SHORES

FG rules out refund for Cross River’s N20b road projects

The Federal Government has ruled out refunding the N20 billion the Governor Ben Ayade administration is spending on the Tinapa-Odukpani junction dual carriage and the Odukpani junction spaghetti flyover in Cross River State.

The state has in the past two years struggled to fix the 16.7 kilometre dual carriage and the flyover estimated at N20 billion with the hope that the Federal Government would make refund when completed.

But the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, who was inspecting the Calabar-Itu highway project at weekend, maintained that the federal road stops at Odukpani junction, adding that the portion leading to Calabar was now a municipal project, hence no refund from the central government.

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Customs to take delivery of three scanners by second quarter

Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, is set to take delivery of three scanners by end of the second quarter 2020, newsmen report. But some stakeholders are doubting the willingness of the NCS to use the scanners when they finally arrive.

Facts available to newsmen showed that the management of the NCS, last year, ordered for the manufacturing of the scanners at the height of congestions at the cargo inspection and clearing points.

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Gbemisola Saraki unveils plan to overhaul Nigerian port operations

Worried that Nigeria operates the costliest seaport in the West African region, occasioned by duplicity of functions, Minister of State Transportation, Gbemisola Saraki, has unveil plans to overhaul operations at the ports.

Saraki, who spoke yesterday, when members of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), paid her a courtesy visit, noted that the high cost of operation has made it difficult for Nigeria to compete with its neighbouring countries.

“Nigeria is supposed to be the biggest player and the cheapest player, but unfortunately, we are not. But I assure you that changes will be witnessed as we will soon be efficient and effective,“ she said.

Banning road haulage of some cargoes

The Federal Government recently made a statement that is deserving of attention, through the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi. While speaking at a panel discussion on infrastructure development and financing event organized by Deloitte on Nigeria’s economic outlook for 2020, Amaechi said the Federal Government plans to ban the movement of certain categories of cargoes by roads after the completion of the ongoing major railway projects in the country.

Whether his audience and Nigerians in general took this disclosure seriously or regarded it as something coming on the spur of the moment, it remains a fundamental statement capable of changing the country’s transport architecture, and is really an action worth taking. If not for anything, the action will drastically reduce the massive loss of lives on our roads. In fact, considering the pains and huge losses road haulage has inflicted on the country, one cannot but applaud the plan.

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FOREIGN WATCH

Coronavirus hits delivery of reefer containers in China

Congestion at Chinese ports caused by the coronavirus (Covid-19) is causing problems with the delivery of reefer containers.

In notice to customers the world’s second largest container line MSC said that it was unable to discharge reefer containers in some ports in China due to a shortage of available reefer plugs available at terminals.

MSC said that at ports where it was not able to discharge some or all reefer containers under the terms of the Bill of Lading these boxes could be discharged at an intermediate or alternative port and held there until such time as delivery to the original designated port was possible.

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Nauticor, Fassmer Team Up on LNG Newbuilding, Retrofitting Projects

Germany-based LNG supplier Nauticor and compatriot manufacturer of special purpose vessels Fr. Fassmer have unveiled the cooperation in newbuilding and retrofitting projects for ships with LNG engines.

As explained, the duo hopes to generate synergy effects for the commissioning of newbuild or retrofitted vessels, which have been equipped with LNG engines and the respective system components.

The first project conducted under the new cooperation was the commissioning and initial LNG bunkering of the research vessel Atair at the Fassmer shipyard on February 6, 2020. Fassmer was awarded the contract to build the new sea surveying, wreck search and research vessel for the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH).

Atair is expected to enter service in 2020 and will replace the previous ship with that name. Nauticor was responsible for purchasing and transporting the LNG for the initial bunkering and supported Fassmer in the execution of the operation. Furthermore, Nauticor will ensure the supply of LNG throughout the whole LNG trial period.

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