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Haulage Stakeholders Inaugurate Taskforce To End Truck Accidents

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The Joint National Transport Safety Committee has inaugurated a new Task Force to ensure the safety of road haulage systems across the country.

Its National Chairman, Mr Taiwo Mogbojuri, said this during a stakeholders meeting in Lagos on Monday.

Mogbojuri said that the task force would proffer solutions to the frequent cargoes, general haulage and petro-gas truck accidents on Nigerian roads.

The theme for this year’s general meeting was; ‘‘Implementation of Safe Trucks Transportation System in Nigeria”.

Mogbojuri said that the stakeholders’ meeting was held to ensure the safety of cargoes, freight, and petroleum products on the road transportation system.

According to him, the forum will ensure effective collaboration with all stakeholders toward saving cargo, general haulage and also proffer solutions to frequent truck accidents.

Mogbojuri applauded Dr Odutola Tajudeen Kasali, Chairman Advisory Board of the Committee, for his commitment and support towards promoting trucks’ operational safety compliance in Lagos and Nigeria at large.

“We are pleased to inform you of the appointment of Comrade Moruf Ayobami a.k.a Sanwo Ayaluu as the Chairman of Taskforce Operation Lagos State and Free Trade Zones Corridor, Ibeju Lekki Lagos.

“The stakeholders meeting became necessary to discuss issues on how to mitigate incessant heavy-duty trucks accidents on Nigerian roads and the implications to the economy.

“Over the years, Nigeria has witnessed incidents, that featured trucks tumbling over and spilling their contents. Lives have been lost, limbs broken and vehicles, roads, and adjacent property damaged.

*A group picture of stakeholders at the joint National Transport Safety Committee during the stakeholders meeting in Lagos on Monday.

“We recall the tragic incident that occurred on Otedola Bridge on June 28, 2018; at this incident, 12 lives were lost, many people were injured and at least 55 vehicles were lost to the inferno.

“The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency revealed that in 2022, out of the 1,259 emergency calls it received concerning vehicle disasters, 368 incidents involved truck/tanker accidents, and 536 other vehicle accidents.

“A total of 46 trailer accidents between January 2021 and October 3, 2023, 81 persons died in tanker explosions and fire,” Mognojuri said.

He said that the committee would use the platform of the general meeting to interact with stakeholders, especially to discuss and proffer solutions to major operational challenges facing the
industry and the nation at large.

“We wish to assure you that the committee is ready to work with all stakeholders to drive and enhance good business practices and safety culture in the downstream sector and the petroleum Industry as a whole.

“The forthcoming general meeting and inauguration ceremony have been planned to sharpen our regulatory initiatives to ensure better safety,  especially in the road haulage system across Nigeria.

Mogbojuri said that the committee’s inter-governmental partnership cut across the relevant federal and state government agencies which included, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nigerian Police Force,
Federal Ministry of Transportation, Federal Ministry of Works, Nigeria, Shippers’ Council and Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.

He said that other tripartite
partners include Maritime Union Workers of Nigeria, Lagos Association of Maritime Contractors, Petro and Gas Servicing Operators and Water Transporters, Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria, Nigeria
Employers Consultative Association and Lekki FTZ Unified Transport, Trucks and Trailers Hub.

Mogbojuri said that major stakeholder units expected to participate in the proposed meeting would include executives of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria, Nigerian Upstream Petroleum
Regulatory Commission, Nigeria Port Authority, Lagos State Ministry of Transportation.

He also mentioned the Lagos State Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Federal and State Fire Services Lagos and National Emergency Management Agency, Shipping Association of Nigeria, Nigeria Association of Road Transport Owners, Petroleum
Tanker Drivers (PTD), Depot and Petroleum Product Marketers Association of Nigeria (DAPMAN).

Also to be included are the Independent Petroleum Product Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN), Lubricant Producers Association of Nigeria (LUPAN), Association of
Maritime Trucks Owners, The Container Truck Owners Association of Nigeria, the Allied Truck Transport Association of Nigeria, and the Association of Nigeria Custom License Agents

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Zoe Maritime Roundtable Targets Improved Passenger Safety, Using Chinese Experience

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…Edodo-Emore refocuses Stakeholders’ attention on Security and new technologies in inland waterways

Significant progress will be achieved in the area boat -passenger safety amongst other gains, as Nigeria gets an infrequent opportunity to learn from the Chinese experience in improving general service delivery in-country.

The Chinese Consul-General in Nigeria, Madam Yan Yuqing, one of the key speakers at a Zoe Maritime Summit is expected, in addition to dissecting the topic of improving services delivery, to also offer, useful ideas and lessons on safe inland waterways operations in Nigeria.

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The Summit promoter,  and CEO of Zoe Maritime Resources Ltd, Barr (Mrs) Oritsematosan Edodo-Emore told Maritime First that the discussion is designed to inland waterways operators the knowledge to better manage the sector, particularly, towards improving boat passenger safety.

 Consequently, a major highlight of the Summit is a presentation on the Chinese experience in the management of inland waterways.

The Barrister highlighted that with the theme: “Security and New Technologies in Inland Waterways Transportation”, the Zoe Resources Maritime Business Roundtable Breakfast Meeting h places at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos should be a must-to-attend Summit. 

*Oritsematosan Edodo-Emore

Oritsematosan Edodo-Emore noted that prominent maritime personalities and revered industry players have confirmed readiness to grace the occasion.

Among these are the Minister of Marine and Blue Economy,. Adegboyega Oyetola is scheduled to unveil the Ministry’s focus and plans for Inland Waterways and Coastal Services, an intervention that has agitated the minds of inland waterway operators since his appointment last year.

Others are Mr. Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, General Manager, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA); Mrs Oluseyi Oluyede, Managing Director, Niger Benue Transport Company Ltd (NBTC), and Rhoda Olofu, Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), Marine Police Command.

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Industry technocrats, heads of security agencies and regulatory authorities expected to feature in panel discussions on the theme include the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mr. Mohammed Bello-Koko; Director- General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dayo Mobereola and the Managing Director/CEO, National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Alhaji Munirudeen Bola Oyebamiji.

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Also billed to participate in the breakfast summit are port users, heads of maritime desks of banks, government agencies and insurance companies. Others are ship owners, boat owners, boat captains, log byistic companies, barge operators and any other entity whose operations are inland waterway-based.

Freight forwarders, importers and oil and gas companies will also grace the occasion.

Foreign entities from maritime nations will also feature and make interventions especially as concerns experiences in their respective nations to enable Nigerians benefit from global inland waterways visibility, network, growth and exchange of knowledge.

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FG Approves Cancelation Of 25% Penalty On Improperly Imported Vehicles

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The Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy has approved the cancellation of the 25 per cent penalty previously imposed on improperly imported vehicles by Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) under the directives of the Honourable Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy.

A 90-day window, effective from 4th March 2024 to 5th July 2024, for the regularisation of import duties on specific categories of vehicles, was approved by the minister with a 25% penalty.

According to a press statement issued by the National Public Relations Officer of NCS, CSC Abdullahi Maiwada, to ease economic hardship and encourage compliance, the Honourable Minister and Coordinating Minister of the Economy has approved the suspension of the 25% penalty previously imposed in addition to import duty on improperly imported vehicles.

 “Stakeholders, including vehicle owners, importers, and agents, are therefore encouraged to seize this opportunity to regularise import duty payments within the designated 90-day time frame,” the release noted.

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Merganser: BV Certifies World’s First Solar Solution Prototype for SolarDuck’s Floating Offshore

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Bureau Veritas (BV), a global leader in testing, inspection, and certification (TIC), has awarded the Dutch-Norwegian renewable energy company SolarDuck the world’s first Prototype Certification for a floating offshore solar technology, as applied in SolarDuck’s 0.5 MW pilot “Merganser”.

This certification represents a significant step forward in the development of marine renewable energy technologies for offshore applications.

The Merganser project, developed by SolarDuck and supported by RWE, features an offshore floating solar pilot with a capacity of 520 kWp. Comprising six interconnected platforms, the solution is designed to withstand challenging offshore conditions, including high waves, strong winds, and corrosive environments. The design has been certified to withstand a maximum wave height of 11.6 meters (with a directional 10-year return period) at a water depth of 21.5 meters (MSL) at the North Sea Farmers test site. It will be deployed off the coast of The Hague, Netherlands, providing a real-world operational environment to evaluate its performance and resilience in the dynamic North Sea.

Bureau Veritas has been actively supporting SolarDuck in its pioneering efforts to develop floating solar solutions. The certification of the Merganser prototype follows the Approval in Principle (AiP) granted for its floating structure.

Throughout the certification process, Bureau Veritas meticulously evaluated the prototype against rules and standards, including guidance note NI631 on the Certification Scheme for Marine Renewable Energy Technologies. These assessments covered various aspects such as the floating structure, mooring system, stability analysis, materials, and electrical safety systems. Moving forward, the technology will be further evaluated for a type certification.   

Don Hoogendoorn, CTO of SolarDuck, commented: “A key step in making the technology bankable is obtaining certification of the technology. As long-standing-partners, SolarDuck has cooperated closely with Bureau Veritas to verify the technology for the harsh North Sea conditions, marking a significant milestone in the development of our offshore floating solar technology”.

“The certification of SolarDuck’s prototype Merganser reflects the collaborative efforts between Bureau Veritas and industry innovators in advancing sustainable energy solutions. Our expertise in assessing structural integrity and conducting design evaluations played an important role in meeting technical standards, highlighting our commitment to fostering innovation while ensuring safety and reliability in offshore renewable energy projects”, says Martijn Nieuwenhuijs, Country Chief Executive, Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore Netherlands.

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