Volume 6, Issue 120
6th April 2020.


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


COVID-19 and exit of cargoes from the ports

The world over, ports are regarded and treated as critical infrastructure. They are more or less the life-wire of world economy hence they are treated with utmost respect. Even in this trying time when coronavirus (COVID-19) is ravaging the economic and social life of nations, both big and small, forcing the closure of other important infrastructures, the seaports are left to operate in recognition of their indispensability to the survival of the people.

 It is against this backdrop that it is gratifying to note that while taking several drastic measures in the ongoing battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Government sees the seaports as a critical infrastructure that must remain open all the times. The government, like other governments of the world, is fully aware that the closure of the ports means the total shut down of the economy –a situation that is very difficult to recover from. Government also recognizes that some of the inputs necessary to fight the pandemic can only reach the country through the seaports.  


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Covid-19: NIMASA, Shippers Council harp on collaboration

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Bashir Jamoh, has stated that the guidelines for vessels calling at the Nigerian ports recently issued by the agency was to ensure shipping activities continue in a way that would not allow the spread of the coronavirus disease (covid-19) in the country. 

Jamoh stated this when the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Mr. Hassan Bello, led some stakeholders, including representatives of shipping companies to the NIMASA head office, in Lagos on Thursday.

The NIMASA DG said while the Federal Government is concerned about the lives of the citizens, the economy must be sustained, hence the need for collaboration with relevant agencies such as the NSC. 

While also acknowledging that the covid-19 pandemic has slowed down activities in the sector, he appealed for more understanding as the global economy is going through a trying time.

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Abule Ado explosion: Haastrup seeks relocation of Apapa tank farms

The Chairman, Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN), Princess Vicky Haastrup, has asked the Federal Government to create plan for the relocation of petroleum depots, otherwise called tank farms, from Apapa. 

Speaking against the backdrop of the March 15 explosion at Abule Ado, Lagos State, which claimed 23 lives and displaced more than 500 people from their homes; Haastrup urged the Federal Government to take urgent steps to avoid a repeat of the catastrophe by moving tank farms away from residential and crowded areas. 


There is a time for everything in life. This is the time to rise up and fight as one against a scourge that is currently ravaging countries and laying entire economies to waste

This is the movement for all corporate organizations to unite against a common enemy, the coronavirus (COVID-19), and tackle it before all of us down the path of recession and ruin.

The current daily statistics of COVID-19 infections, emerges only from tests conducted. There may be other infections out there and we need not live in ignorance . This calls for a concerted effort geared towards ensuring that our beloved country, Nigeria, is saved from the ravaging plague.

It is therefore essential to build synergy among  all stakeholders or a better,stronger, and bigger coalition, which can harness pull resources and commonwealth to sustain and eventually win this battle.

This is the time for Team CACOVID (Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19) to make a historical change and help humanity. This is the time for other peers to join the action.

Delay is dangerous, the time to act as one is now!
Join Us.

Funding Committee
Responsible for funding and raising funds for the efforts
Godwin Emefiele, Aliko Dangote, Herbert Wigwe, Jim ovia, Tony Elumelu, Segun Agbaje, Abdulsaad Rabiu, Femi Otedola.

Technical Commitee
Responsible for project intellectual leadership around testing issues, treatment protocols, isolation centres, amongst others
Prof. Akin Abayomi (Lagos State Commissioner for Health), Dhamari Naidoo 9WHO0, Dr Christian Happi, Dr. Phillip Onyebujo, Chikwe Ihekweazu (NCDC), Pauline Basinga (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), Zouera Youssoufou (Aliko Dangote Foundation), Omobolanle Victor-Laniyan (Access Bank)

Operational Committee
Respnsible for Project Management, Logistics and communication
Amaechi Okobi (Access Bank), Tony Chiejina (Dangote Group). osayi Alile (ACT Foundation), representatives of Zenith Bank. GT Bank, Stanbic IBTC, Ecobank, Fidelity Bank, Unity Bank, Nigerian Breweries Plc.

Organization that have joined us include Dana Pharmaceuticals, Emzor Pharmaceuticals, All on, Royal Power and Energy, MTN, Sun Group, IHS Group , Artee Group, ITB Group, Dana Group, Cummins, Bhojsons Plc, Maple Leaf Printing Limited, Vita construction Limited, JUBAILI Bros Engineering, Eurochemco Ventures Limited/Maple Point West Africa/Maple Plastis Nigeria Limited, CrownPack Nigeria Limited Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria, GBC Health, ABC Healt, ZIRCON Marine Limited, SMO Contemporary Venturs, GEC Petroleum Developent Company, KPMG.

To play your part in the support of this worthy cause,please contact us via phon on 09045531044 or email us at

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U.S. warship commander Brett Crozier tests positive for COVID-19

The Navy captain who was removed after he sounded the alarm about a coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, an aircraft carrier he commanded, has tested positive for the virus, according to a report published on Sunday.

Capt. Brett Crozier began showing symptoms of coronavirus before he was removed from the USS Theodore Roosevelt last Thursday, the New York Times reported, citing two of his Naval Academy classmates.

Crozier sent a letter to Navy leaders urging them to quarantine the crew and have the ship disinfected while it sat in port in Guam.

His letter became public after the San Francisco Chronicle obtained a copy.

Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly said Crozier was dismissed because he lost confidence in the captain’s ability to command the ship.

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Singapore shipyard records new cases of COVID-19 infections 

Singapore’s Ministry of Health has confirmed that three people have been infected with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at Keppel Shipyard. 

According to the local media, about 100 of the shipyard’s employees who have had direct contact with the infected people have been placed on a 14-day leave of absence. It has also been reported that sections of the shipyard’s Tuas yard have been closed.

Singapore has introduced additional restrictive measures across the country suspending all business and social activities that cannot be conducted via telecommuting from home from April 7 until May 4, 2020. More than 1,000 people have tested positive for the virus in the country.

The maritime industry has been designated as an essential sector and as such the Port of Singapore will remain open for cargo operations and will continue to provide essential marine services including bunkering, ship stores and ship supplies.

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