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Deep Sea Project: International Community must review War Risk Insurance- Jamoh



Deep Sea Project: International Community must review War Risk Insurance- Jamoh
Deep Sea Project: International Community must review War Risk Insurance- Jamoh

Executive Director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Victor Ochei; representative of Director, Maritime Safety and Security, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Imam Aminu; Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh; representative of the Minister of Transportation, Augustine Makama; Executive Director, Finance and Administration, NIMASA, Chudi Offodile; and Executive Director, Operations, NIMASA, Malam Shehu Ahmed, during the 2021 Day of the Seafarer on Friday in Lagos.

… Presents eventful 15-month Stewardship, Collapse in piracy statistics in Nigerian waters***

… As Amaechi seeks Fair Treatment for Seafarers***

The Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Dr. Jamoh Bashir has urged the international maritime community to reconsider the removal of the war risk insurance premium charged on cargo headed for the Gulf of Guinea, in view of the workability of the Deep Blue Project, a network of air, land and sea security arrangements which has significantly eliminated insecurity in both the Nigerian waters and Gulf of Guinea.

Dr. Jamoh made the observation on Friday in Lagos, on the occasion of the 2021 Seafarers Day, while reacting to a Lloyd’s List response, which posited that though intelligence report affirmed drastic reduction in piracy and other sea crimes in the Gulf of Guinea, the situation needed to be further watched, before the desired relief can be granted.

“It is significant that critical stakeholders in the world shipping community, like Lloyd’s list, are recognising Nigerians efforts to make the Gulf of Guinea safe and secure for Seafarers and ships,” Dr. Bashir Jamoh stated, stressing therefore that, “It would be unfair for the world to sidestep such huge investment and commitment to maritime security and retain the high war risk insurance premium on ships bound for our waters.”

The Director General insisted that the war risk insurance in the present dispensation, is a disservice to Nigeria and investors in the maritime environment, reiterating Nigeria’s commitment to enduring maritime safety and security, particularly, of ships and crew members.

Speaking on the sustainability of the security arrangements (Deep Blue Project), Jamoh highlighted that over 600 persons, drawn from the armed forces, Navy, Airforce, Police, and the Nigerian Civil Defence have been specially trained, to operate the highly sophisticated assets being deployed to combat the menace of crime on the waters.

Expartiating on the roles of NIMASA as the Coordinating arm for the  Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection project , otherwise called the Deep Blue Project, Dr. Jamoh stated that the control of the assets is through the C4I, a euphemism for Control, Command, Communication and Computer Intelligence system, which though is domiciled on land, but actually has personnel interfacing with assets on air sea platforms.

He also revealed that the land Assets Comprise of 16 armoured vehicles which will move around and address maritime insecurity in the creeks and send messages to the C4I.

The air component of the assets consists of two special mission aircraft, three special mission helicopters and 16 unmanned drones while the Sea platform include two special mission vessels, and 17 interceptor boats.

The NIMASA Boss assured that personnel training would continue, and with the full deployment of all the assets under the project, the gap which the cancellation of the Secure Anchorage Area (SAA) contract by President Muhammadu Buhari has now been totally bridged, emphasizing that the nation’s first gain from the project, is the collapse of piracy statistics, in both the Nigerian and Gulf of Guinea waters.

The Seafarers’Day address, which more or less read like a plethora of eventful 15-month record of stewardship, was encapsulated and implemented under a three-prong vision tagged, Maritime Security, Maritime Safety and Shipping Development.

Also read: Shippers Association says Deep Blue Project Nigeria’s panacea for curbing maritime insecurity

In a related development, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi of an earlier session at the Eko Hotels, had extolled stakeholders in the Nigerian maritime industry, even as he tasked them to find a creative means of ensuring improved welfare for Seafarers, including a more enduring solutions to issues affecting Seafarers’ work.

While appreciating Seafarers’ all over the world for their enormous contributions to global commerce and economy, Amaechi noted that  Seafarers “contend with perils of the seas and sometimes put their lives on the line just to ensure that goods are safely delivered at designated ports.

“This is one of the reasons we celebrate the Seafarers every year”, the Minister of Transportation said, adding that the workable solutions to the issues that would be relevant to the Seafarers’ after the pandemic such as working condition of the Seafarers.”

He identified the Deep Blue Project launched by President Muhammadu Buhari as a major effort by Federal Government to curb the hazards of Seafaring, and emphasized that the provision of the integrated maritime security architecture was “to help combat these maritime criminalities that hinder the security of ships and crew members”.

The highlight of the morning session was the presentation of the Certificate of Competency (COC) to cadets of the Nigerian Seafarers’ Development Programme (NSDP), by the NIMASA Director General.





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MWUN Congratulates PTML Management On Acquisition Of MV Great Lagos



*MV Great Lagos

…Describes ship as a marvel of modern engineering

The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) under the leadership of its President-General, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, has congratulated the Managing Director of Grimaldi Shipping Company, Mr. Ascanio Ruso, and his management for acquiring “MV GREAT LAGOS”, noting that it is the first of its kind in Nigeria.

The ship is described as a marvel of modern engineering with functions of environmental consciousness built to meet the challenges of modern-day technology in the maritime industry.

“This suffices to say that Ascanio Ruso is one of the best maritime administrators in Nigeria, who treats workers in his employ with humane and dignity for labour,” Adeyanju, a Prince of Ibaan further stated.

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“I wish to categorically state here again that Mr. Ascanio is a wonderful Managing Director with a human face and one of the foremost employers of labour in the industry. Your blood flows with genuine intentions of fair treatment to workers’ welfare in the maritime space.

*MV Great Lagos

“We in the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria Congratulate you on this laudable milestone achievement. Once again, we say congratulations to Mr. Ascanio Ruso and your management team,” Prince Adeyanju said.

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Immigration Service Receives 9 Stowaways From The Gambia



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The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) on Tuesday in Ikeja received nine repatriated Nigerians who attempted to stow away to Europe through The Gambia.

Comptroller of the NIS at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Mrs Adesola Adesokan, advised Nigerians against stowing away to Europe.

Speaking with newsmen on the development, she described stowing away as a death trap into which many Nigerians had fallen and had lost their lives.

Adesokan said the nine stowaways received on Tuesday were handed over to immigration officials by officials of the Gambian Immigration Service.

She noted that two of the stowaways almost drowned in their bid to evade arrest, but were rescued and taken to the Nigeria High Commission in The Gambia.

She added that the High Commission processed emergency travel documents for the nine stowaways to be repatriated to Nigeria, but were reluctant to return home.

“Nine Nigerians were sent back by The Gambian Immigration Service after attempting to stow away through the sea.

“Two of them almost lost their lives because they could not swim after jumping into the sea to evade arrest.

“Security officers were able to rescue them; put them in the boat and took them to a hotel where they were given food but, they vehemently resisted plans to return them to Nigeria,’’ she said.

Adesokan added that the stowaways demanded money from the Gambian immigration service as a condition to return to Nigeria.

“They were eventually taken to the Nigeria High Commission in Banjul, which persuaded them and issued them emergency travel documents so they could return to Nigeria,’’ she said.

She advised those planning to engage in irregular migration to desist and follow the right channel and also called for value reorientation.

She stressed that irregular migrants eventually got caught and deported, adding that some ended up doing odd jobs.

Adesokan noted that the stowaways were young Nigerians between the ages of 21 years to 30 years.

Also speaking with newsmen, the returnee stowaways expressed regret at their action and claimed that they were lured into the voyage by friends who luckily made it to Europe through the same route.

One of the stowaways, Abdul Yakubu, said that he was selling noodles and fried eggs on Lagos Island before he was cajoled to embark on the trip.

Yakubu said he lost N70,000 which he paid to the man who introduced and boarded him on the ship.

Another stowaway, Daniel Vincent, said they did not take any food or water when they boarded the ship at Tin Can Port in Lagos because they thought Europe was a three-day journey by sea.

Vincent said he was shocked to realise that he had not left the shores of Africa when they were detected by the ship’s crew members and handed over to the Gambian immigration service.

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Zoe Maritime Resources Holds Maximizing Gas Utilization Roundtable



Edodo= Emore

The Zoe Maritime Resources Ltd, a foremost networking and capacity-building institution in the maritime industry has announced its Maritime Business Roundtable Breakfast Meeting on Maximizing Gas Utilization.

The event is scheduled for Thursday 14th December 2023 at 9 am at the Lagos Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island. 

The theme of the Maritime Business Roundtable Breakfast Meeting  [MBRBM]  is “Maximizing Gas Utilization in  Nigeria’s Blue Economy“.

According to the press release signed by the conference convener, Oritsematosan Edodo-Emore stated that the aim of the Maritime Business Roundtable Breakfast Meeting [MBRBM] is to develop the use of Gas as the driving energy for the maritime industry in Nigeria and to bring providers, users and suppliers of Liquified Petroleum (GAS), LPG together to share ideas and explore opportunities in Nigeria’s Blue Economy.

Zoe confirmed that the following panelists will bring to bear their practical knowledge and industry experience into the arena. They are Dr. Ubani  Nkaginieme, MD – Total Support Energy Ltd; President Virtual Gas Integrated Association of Nigeria, VGIAN, Wilson E A Opuwei- CEO Dateline Energy; Rear Admiral Abolaji Oredru -Admiral Superintendent -Naval Dockyard Ltd; Rear Admiral Hamza Ibrahim, , Managing Director-Admiralty Maritime Services Ltd,  Hannah Omeje -Chairperson, WEOG Committee On Gas.

Edodo= Emore
*Edodo- Emore

The Roundtable will deal with *The relevance of gas in powering Nigeria’s Blue Economy: *The challenges and opportunities of the use of Liquified Petroleum Gas in Coastal Communities.*

The development of gas infrastructure for maritime use, Consequences of lack of optimal utilization of gas, Way forward: What the Federal and state governments must do to drive the gas agenda.

The Maritime First learnt that the proposed participants include: Maritime Stakeholders, Downstream and Midstream Oil and gas Value Chain, Government Agencies, Banks (with maritime desk), Insurance companies, Ship-owners, Boat operators, Logistics companies, Freight Forwarders, Foreign entities *

The benefits of the Maritime Business Roundtable Breakfast Meeting include:  *Visibility, Growth, Networking, Impartation, and exchange of knowledge Solutions 

The  event comprises of lead lecture, panel discussion, interactive  session, and networking  accompanied by a full breakfast,

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