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Captain’s whole career ruined by vigilant pilot

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…Tanker bow smashed in collision, Taiwan***

…As Petronas Puts LNG Bunkering High on Agenda***

A captain of a chemical tanker has lost his job after being found drunk on board moments before the vessel was due to leave Port Taranaki, New Plymouth, North Island NZ, carrying tonnes of methanol.

About 11pm on Dec 11, SG PEGASUS shipmaster Saurabh Kumar Singh was waiting to be guided out of the harbour by a pilot when a pilot suspected he had been drinking and phoned police and Maritime New Zealand. A pilot is used to guide a ship out of port before disembarking and handing control back to the captain, who maintains command of the vessel the whole time.

When officers arrived at the ship Singh, who was responsible for overseeing the operation of the chemical tanker and its crew, underwent an evidential breath test. He returned a reading of 881 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath – the seafarer’s legal limit is 250mcgs.

SG PEGASUS was due to depart evening Dec 11 for Nelson with tonnes of methanol, but following the incident it did not leave until around 3pm Dec 12 once a replacement master was put on board.

Duty solicitor Josie Mooney said as a consequence her client had lost his job. Employed in the industry for 17 years, Singh, an Indian national, believed he would now struggle to find further work, she said.

Judge Chris Sygrove thought it was fair to impose a fine given Singh had already lost his job and still had a family to support. He ordered Singh pay $1000 plus court costs by 5pm Dec 13.

In the meantime, product tanker YONG AN collided with Taichung Port northern breakwater, Taiwan in the evening Dec 12, while entering port.

Breakwater reportedly sustained serious damages, tanker bow seems to be smashed in the collision. Tanker was detained in port for investigation and repairs. Tanker is in ballast.

Meanwhile, Malaysian oil and gas company Petronas has set sights on tapping into the potential of burgeoning LNG bunkering market.

The strategy is in line with Malaysia’s plans to become the regional LNG bunkering hub, especially in the wake of growing uptake of LNG as marine fuel triggered by the industry’s switch to more-environmentally marine fuels.

“Efforts are now being put in place towards advocating LNG as the preferred marine fuel of choice. In close collaboration with industry associations like MOSVA, programmes are aligned to encourage migration; to develop necessary infrastructures to support a swift and effective migration of local (currently diesel-fueled) offshore support vessel (OSV) fleet to LNG, as the cleaner option,” the company said in its Activity Outlook for 2019-2020.

The company said that the first commercial LNG bunkering is poised for start-up by second half of 2019 from a number of facilities, starting with those based in Sg Udang, Melacca and Pengerang, Johor, followed by Kemaman, Terengganu and Labuan in Sabah.

Dual-fueled LNG-based engines are expected to be the future solution, according to Petronas.

On November 1st, Peronas LNG conducted its first LNG supply operation at the Regasification Terminal Pengerang (RGTP). The facility loaded the world’s largest LNG bunker vessel Kairos, which has just swung into operation.

The company believes that small-scale LNG opportunities will increase from the utilisation of alternative cleaner fuel such as LNG, on the back of the global sulphur cap entering into force in January 2020.

Fleetmon with additional report from World Maritime News

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NDLEA Intercepts 230,600 Tramadol Tablets, Arrests 106 Suspects In Kano

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Determined to prevent Kano from becoming a drug haven, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Kano State Command, has intercepted 230,600 tablets of Tramadol and arrested 106 suspects in the state.

Its Commander, Mr Abubakar Idris-Ahmad, disclosed this to the newsmen on Saturday in Kano.

Idris-Ahmad said, “The command between June 10 and June 13, in its operation ahead of the Eid-el Kabir celebration, intercepted 230,600 Tramadol tablets along Zaria-Kano road.

“The operations, mandated by the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Agency, retired Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Buba-Marwa, in curbing the menace of drug abuse in Nigeria, resulted in the arrest”.

He disclosed that the agency also arrested 106 male suspects,  among which 11 were identified as major drug dealers.

“The suspects were arrested at various drug joints in Sani Abacha Stadium, Karkasara, Sani Abacha Youth Center, Dorayi, Dan-Agundi graveyard, Brigade Mini Stadium and the infamous Filin Idi drug den”.

The exhibits recovered include: Cannabis sativa, rubber solution, suck and die, exol tablets, codeine syrup and some other illicit substances.

“These illicit substances were intended for distribution and use during the Eid-el Kabir celebrations.

“NDLEA Kano Command is committed to eradicating the scourge of drug abuse and trafficking,” Idris-Ahmad said.

The commander also wished the good people of Kano State a drug-free Sallah celebration and urged the public to report any drug-related activity to the nearest NDLEA office.

”Together, we can work towards creating a safer and healthier community for all,” Idris-Ahmad said.

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CUSTOMS: Oyo/Osun Command Rakes In N6.3bn, Records 21.6% Of Annual Revenue Target

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CUSTOMS: Oyo/Osun Command Rakes In N6.3bn, Records 21.6% Of Annual Revenue Target

…Oramalugo showcases Command’s 5 Month’s milestones in anti-smuggling activities and revenue generation

The Nigeria Customs Service NCS, Oyo/ Osun Command has generated ₦6,335,842,600.28 in revenue, despite the prevailing economic headwinds encountered in most parts of the second quarter of 2024.

The Customs Area Controller (CAC), Dr Ben Oramalugo stated this while showcasing the Command’s significant milestones in terms of revenue generation and anti-smuggling activities spanning Wednesday 17th April 2024, to Thursday 13th June 2024.

Addressing newsmen in Ibadan on Thursday, 13 June 2024, an elated Oramalugo expressed his delight that his officers had demonstrated commendable resilience, against intimidating odds.

“Despite the economic headwinds encountered for most parts of the second quarter of 2024, I am delighted to announce that the Oyo/Osun Area Command has demonstrated much resilience and has successfully generated the sum of ₦6,335,842,600.28k, for May 2024”, Oramalugo said, while looking at the cumulative figures.

“Cumulatively, when added to the revenue generated for January to April 2024, the sum of ₦30,664,247,939.15k has been generated as revenue from January to May 2024.

“This represents a 5.2 % increase when compared to the sum of ₦29,154,853,722.73k; generated during the same period of the year 2023. The increase is a testament to the dedication and efficiency of our Officers in ensuring compliance and maximizing revenue collection.

“However, I would like to point out that the command still has a herculean task ahead, as the command’s revenue target is set at ₦141,682,012,396.84 

IMPROVED COMPLIANCE 

“Our efforts to educate various stakeholders within the Commands Area of Responsibility (AoR) on the importance of adhering to Customs regulations have paid off. We have seen a significant reduction in under-declarations, contributing to the overall increase in revenue.

TECHNOLOGICAL INTEGRATION: 

He revealed that the introduction of advanced technology solutions, such as the Nigeria Customs Service Modernization Project, had streamlined our processes and enhanced transparency, which had further boosted the Command’s revenue collection capabilities.

ANTI-SMUGGLING MILESTONES

“In tandem with our revenue generation efforts, the Oyo/Osun Area Command has maintained a robust stance against smuggling activities within our jurisdiction. 

“Despite the economic hardships that often exacerbate smuggling tendencies, Command Officers have remained vigilant and proactive in intercepting illicit goods and apprehending perpetrators.

“The months of April, May and some parts of June, witnessed numerous successful operations resulting in the seizure of contraband items and for the period covering 17th April to 13th June 2024 the Command has made the following interceptions and seizures: viz-

1. Cannabis Sativa 504 Wraps (Weighing 391.9kg) N15,814,600:00

2. Foreign Parboiled Rice, 600 (50Kg) Bags

(One Trailer Load) N50,280,000:00

3. Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS), 274 (25 Litre Kegs), (Totaling: 6,850 Litres), N5,521,500:00

4. Pieces of Used Tyres, 123 Pieces, N15,648,000:00

5. Used Mercedes Truck, 01, N30,000,000:00

6. Used Nissan Caravan

01, N12,590,000:00; thereby attaining a total figure of N129,854,100:00

He highlighted that in line with the policy thrust of the Comptroller General of Customs (CGC) BA Adeniyi MFR and in the spirit of interagency collaboration, the Command has received approval to hand over some 546 wraps; and another 33 sacks of Cannabis Sativa worth ₦21,128,260:00 to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Oyo State Command. 

“In the same vein, I would like to mention that approval was also received before this press briefing to auction the seizures of Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS) listed as part of our seizures due to their inflammable nature.  

“I would like to reassure all stakeholders within the Command Area of Responsibility (AoR), that we recognize the grave implications of smuggling on national security, economic stability, and public health and we remain resolute in our determination to combat this menace. 

“Through collaboration with relevant stakeholders, intelligence-driven operations coupled with enhanced surveillance along our borders and the deployment of advanced technology, we will continue to demonstrate exemplary professionalism, to ensure a safer and more prosperous future for all Nigerians. 

“In conclusion, I would like to extend my appreciation to His Excellency the Executive Governor of Oyo State Engr. Seyi Makinde FNSE, Sister Security Agencies, and other stakeholders, thank you for your continued support and collaboration. 

“I would also like to commend the unwavering dedication and tireless efforts of the Officers and Men of the Oyo/Osun Area Command in achieving commendable results during the period under review in the year 2024. Their commitment to duty and professionalism amidst challenging circumstances is truly commendable.

“As we navigate the complexities of the current economic landscape, all stakeholders can be assured that the Oyo/Osun Area Command remains steadfast in its commitment to fulfilling its mandate under the Nigeria Customs Service Act.

“We will continue to adapt and innovate, ensuring that our operations remain effective in the face of evolving challenges”, Dr Oramalugo further indicated.

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Rigorous Training, Competences- Uniqueness of Customs’ Senior Course 10- CGC

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Rigorous Training, Competences- Uniqueness of Customs' Senior Course 10- CGC

….ACG Egwuh confers beneficiaries with PSC titles 

When you properly combine six months of rigorous training, discipline and ambassadorial skills with anti-smuggling and revenue-generating competencies, the result may be nothing short of the unique Senior Course 10.

The Comptroller-General of Customs CGC, Adewale Adeniyi stated this recently, at the Nigeria Customs Command and Staff College, Gwagwalada, Abuja, while congratulating officers who partook in the rigorous Senior Course 10 training to understand why they must mandatorily add value to the Service.

“It is without a doubt that you have spent six months, having rigorous training that will equip you to add value to the Service. I congratulate you for your commitment, which has led us to today’s occasion,” the CGC, Adeniyi stressed, imploring the beneficiaries to be “more committed and be good ambassadors of the College”.

“You are now as strong as eagles. You are, therefore, expected to keep soaring higher.”

He said he considered it a great honour and privilege to be back in the prestigious institution and even as a significant part of the graduation ceremony.

“It is a great honour and privilege to be back in this prestigious institution and to be part of this graduation ceremony of Senior Course 10 today… I congratulate you for your commitment, which has led us to today’s occasion”, the Customs Arrowhead stated.

He tasked them to put to work all they have learned during their training at the college as the country awaits their positive contributions in maximising the security at the borders, suppressing smuggling and generating revenue.

Also Read: Echoes From Customs’ Senior Course 10

CGC Adeniyi equally used the opportunity to assure the college management and members of his unflinching efforts to enhance the welfare of officers and members directing staff – which, according to him, will improve efficiency in the Service. 

On his part, the Commandant of the College, Assistant Comptroller-General of Customs, Kingsley Egwuh, in an opening remark, congratulated the graduating students and conferred them with the title of Pass Senior Course (PSC).

ACG Kingsley said, “With permission of the Special Guest of Honour, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, I stand here before you with joy to confer you all with this title, and I want to implore you to practice what you have learned as you go back to your respective Commands.”

On her part, Deputy Commandant and Director of Studies of the College, Comptroller Oluyomi Adebakin, highlighted that the students had been duly trained in various fields in accordance with the curriculum of the Senior Course to enhance officers’ skills and abilities with a high level of moral standards.

“I have no doubts in my mind that considering the quality of training you have received, you all will be good ambassadors of the College and the Service at large – and I wish to implore you to exhibit your competence to your subordinates when you go back to your places of work.” Comptroller Adebakin said.

Similarly, the management of the college had, on Wednesday, 5 June 2024, hosted a regimental dinner night to honour the graduates of Senior Course 10, where the CGC was represented by DCG Beatrice Nwafor, the Deputy Comptroller-General of Customs in-charge of Excise, Free-Trade Zone and Industrial Incentives. 

Addressing the graduates during the regimental dinner night, DCG Nwafor tasked them to consider the opportunity of attending a month’s course at the college as a means to improve their performance as Customs officers, “You are now as strong as eagles. You are, therefore, expected to keep soaring higher.”

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