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India loses contact with spacecraft on mission to the moon

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India loses contact with spacecraft on mission to the moon

…As Cargo ship documents destroyed by fire***

India lost contact with a spacecraft it was attempting to land on the moon on Saturday, the Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said, in a setback to the nation’s ambitious plans to become the first country to probe the unexplored lunar south pole.

The lander of India’s Chandrayaan-2 moon mission was attempting a “soft” or controlled landing near the south pole of the moon, where scientists believe there could be water ice.

ISRO lost communication with it just as it was about to land on the moon.

“Data is being analysed,’’ ISRO Chairman, K. Sivan told a room full of distraught scientists at the agency’s tracking centre in Bengaluru.

The Indian designed spacecraft, which had been orbiting the moon, began descending toward the lunar surface at about 2007 GMT but scientists lost contact with it during the penultimate stage of the descent.

“Vikram lander descent was as planned and normal performance was observed up to an altitude of 2.1 kilometres.

“Subsequently, communication from Lander to the ground stations was lost,’’ an ISRO official said.

The lander was named Vikram after the father of India’s space programme, Vikram Sarabhai.

A live broadcast from ISRO, India’s equivalent of NASA, showed scientists grow tense and the floor falls silent as the control station struggled to get a signal from the lander.

“There are ups and downs in life … What you have accomplished is no small achievement,’’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was present at the ISRO centre, told scientists after being briefed by Sivan.

Though ISRO had not released any official update, Modi in a subsequent formal address to the scientists and the nation hinted that the lander might have travelled at a higher-than-expected speed and crash-landed on the moon.

“If historians someday write about today’s incident, they will certainly say that inspired by our romantic description of the moon throughout life, Chandrayaan, in the last leg of the journey, rushed to embrace the moon,’’ he said.

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Modi said that though India “came very close” it needs to “cover more ground” in the times to come.

“I can proudly say that the effort was worth it and so was the journey.’’

In an emotional moment broadcast on TV channels, Modi embraced and consoled a visibly heart-broken Sivan.

“We are full of confidence that when it comes to our space programme, the best is yet to come,’’ Modi said.

Sivan had earlier described the final moments of the landing mission as “15 minutes of terror,” due to the complexities involved with lunar gravity, terrain and dust.

Only the United States, Russia and China have landed on the moon.

Beijing’s Chang’e-4 probe touched down on the far side earlier this year.

Israel made an unsuccessful attempt to land its Beresheet spacecraft on the moon in April.

The south-pole is believed to contain water as craters in the region are largely unaffected by the high temperatures of the sun.

ISRO had hoped to confirm the presence of water in the form of ice, first detected on its mission in 2008.

In the meantime, general cargo ship SABA NIAGA suffered fire in one of the crew’s cabins in the morning Sep 6, in Barito river, south Kalimantan, Indonesia, while proceeding downstream, en route to Balikpapan, western Kalimantan.

Fire reportedly, was quickly extinguished by crew and didn’t spread around, but some ship’s and crew’s papers were burned, so probably fire erupted in Captain’s cabin.

General cargo ship SABA NIAGA, IMO 8622024, dwt 700, built 1984, flag Indonesia, manager FRESCO LINE SAMUDERA PT.

 

Additional reports from Fleetmon

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Tincan Customs Command Generates N574.3bn Revenue In 2022

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Tincan Customs Command Generates N574.3bn Revenue In 2022

…Figures represent an increase of N80.90bn over N493.4bn of 2021***

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Tin Can Island Port Command, generated revenue of N574.3 billion in 2022.

The Customs Area Controller (CAC), Tin Can Island Port Command, Comptroller Olakunle Oloyede, disclosed this at a news conference on Friday in Lagos.

Oloyede said the figure represented an increase of N80.90 billion or 16.39 percent when compared with N493.4 billion recorded in 2021.

“This feat can be attributed to the constant rejigging of the existing measures geared toward sustaining the command’s revenue profile.

“It is as well as utilisation of some disruptive strategic measures such as: periodic capacity building, reshuffling and redeployment of officers using the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) analysis and implementation of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) valuation,” he said.

Tincan Customs Command Generates N574.3bn Revenue In 2022

He noted that the command also ensured robust and continuous stakeholder engagements and collaborations with all sister government agencies and maritime associations.

“These led to timely intelligence sharing, utilisation and voluntary compliance to government’s extant laws by the trading public,” Oloyede said.

He added that the command increased surveillance on declarations made in order to sniff out improper declarations as well as offending items.

He pointed out that the system paid off with the command recording a total of 38 seizures with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N1.85 billion.

“These seizures comprise 763kgs of Colorado (Cannabis Sativa) weighing 345.1kg with a street market value of N714.6 million only as given by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), 5 x 40 containers of used motor tyre (5,060 pieces).

“Also among seized items are: 1,150 bales of second-hand clothing, 1,190 cartons of 20 per cartons of potassium bromate and baking powder, 11,392 cartons of 1,200 per carton Pharmacol injection chloroquine phosphate 322.5mg.5ml (IV and IM), 206,000 pieces of finished matchets.

“Also, 1,383 cartons of 50 rolls per carton of cigarettes, 650 cartons of 50 pieces per carton of new ladies shoes, 2,666 pieces in 36 pallets of new starter Ex-Premium Inverter Battery, 1,980 cartons of assorted non-alcoholic beverages and 1,048 cartons of Tilda basmati rice,” he said.

Oloyede listed others as 2,594 pieces of ammunition and 20 pieces of arms comprising of one pistol with 611090 (S/W) model JCP 40mm, one used Co2 air pistol with accessories cal 117(4.5m)BM, one marksman repeater pistol, six Mace pepper gun and 10 suspected arms of various types.

He said that the seizures when compared with the 2021 record of 27 seizures with a Debit Note of N607.27 only, show an increase of 11 seizures and N1.24 billion.

He said that the increase in the DPV rate could be associated with increased surveillance and intensified anti-smuggling drive, high value of seized items and Naira depreciation that led to higher exchange rates on imported items.

“These prohibited items were seized and forfeited to the Federal Government in line with the provision of Sections 46 and 161 of the Customs & Excise Management Act (CEMA) Cap 45 LFN 2004 and Absolute Prohibition List of CET 2022- 2026.

“The command pertinently acknowledges the prominent roles played by the Customs Intelligence Unit, Valuation Unit, Federal Operations Unit, CGC Strike Force as well as interventions of Sister Regulatory Agencies like the NDLEA, Standards Organisation of Nigeria SON, the Nigeria Police and others in ensuring these seizures and detentions were made.

“A total of 60 suspects were detained in 2022 and were granted administrative bail while the command has 8 cases pending in court,” he said.

Oloyede said the command recorded a significant increase in the Free On Board (FOB) of exports in the period under review to the tune of $589,696,648 (N242,365,322,333.00) as against the $496,075,796 (N141,985,109,159.00) recorded in 2021.

He attributed the increase of 34.4 percent on the FOB to high quality and value of exported commodities.

“However, the export report shows a decrease in tonnage of export from 1,723,986.8 in 2021 to 336,179.5 in 2022.

“The decrease in tonnage could be connected to current government fiscal policy which prohibited the export of wood and wood products as well as the global unrest with its concomitant economic challenges,” he said

He listed the commodities exported through the command to include: cocoa beans, insecticides, dried ginger, empty bottles, soya beans, cashew nuts, cigarettes, rubbers, cocoa butter, frozen shrimps, copper ingots, aluminum ingots, sesame seeds and other manufactured items.

“Cocoa beans was the highest exported commodity while the legend stout was the least exported commodity.

“The future of export in the command looks brighter as the command in line with the headquarter circular on Export Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) released a Port Order on the Command’s harmonised SOP for the seamless facilitation of Export Trade in strict compliance with Extant Laws and guidelines on Export,” he said.

He thanked all stakeholders and sister government agencies involved in the export chain with special commendation to the Nigeria Ports Authority for seamless collaboration in facilitating the clearance process of export-related cargo at the command.

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Ibrahim takes over at PTML Customs, Tasks Officers on Discipline

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Ibrahim takes over at PTML Customs, Tasks Officers on Discipline

 Comptroller Ali Mahmoud Ibrahim took over as Customs Area Controller of Port Terminal Multiservices Limited (PTML) Command on Tuesday from Compt. Suleiman Bomai who was recently promoted to acting ACG. 

While taking over, Ibrahim charged officers and stakeholders to sustain their level of discipline and improve on revenue collection.

Describing discipline as key to other virtues of productivity like honesty, punctuality and dedication to duty, he expressed confidence in achieving a higher collection of duty.

The new Area Controller was optimistic that with the maximum support of his lieutenants, other government agencies and port users, revenue increase is achievable. 

Ibrahim solicited the cooperation of terminal operators, importers, agents and other stakeholders in achieving the service objectives which include revenue collection, suppression of smuggling and trade facilitation.

He commended his predecessor, Acting Assistant Comptroller General Suleiman Bomai for his excellent achievement and expressed willingness to always consult with him whenever the need arises.

Comptroller Ibrahim thanked the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali, CFR and the management team for the appointment, with a pledge to work in line with the service rules. 

Before formally handing over, Ag. ACG Bomai described Comptroller Ibrahim as an experienced officer vast with three notable attributes.

According to Bomai, Comptroller Ibrahim has been well exposed in administration having spent a good number of years at the NCS headquarters in Abuja; excellent in revenue collection with experience from different commands of the service and uncompromising in enforcement.

The Acting ACG advised all customs officers in PTML, sister agencies and the port users to extend the cooperation and industrial harmony he enjoyed to the new Area Controller.

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President Buhari To Commission Multi-Billion Naira Dala Inland Dry Port Monday- Ahmad Rabiu

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President Buhari To Commission Multi-Billion Naira Dala Inland Dry Port Monday- Ahmad Rabiu

President Muhammad Buhari will on Monday 31st January 2023,  commission the Dala International Inland Dry Port at Zawachiki in Kumbotso local government area of Kano state.

The Managing Director, Ahmad Rabiu stated this while addressing newsmen on the preparation for the inauguration of the port at its headquarters in Kano.

Ahmad Rabiu who was joined by the chairman of the inland dry port Alhaji Abubakar Sahabu Bawuro said its the first international inland dry port where cargoes will go anywhere in the world from Kano State, without follow-up to any Seaports across Nigeria.

Ahmad Rabiu told newsmen that the federal government under President Muhammad Buhari has given all the support required for the take up noting that they have met the requirement on infrastructure and other critical amenities.

The MD said the stacking area has the capacity of containing 20 thousand units of containers before moving anywhere at any time noting that the area covers 6 hectares of land and the management is willing to add more.

According to Ahmad Rabiu all the requirements needed for clearance by businessmen,customs duty will be done right from Kano without follow-up to any seaport in Nigeria.

On his part the chairman of Dala Inland Dry Port, Alhaji Abubakar Sahabu Bawuro said the port is prepared technically, and physically with interested partners and is going to boost businesses in Kano, Nigeria and Africa in general; and urged members of the press to partner with the management in ensuring efficiency emphasizing that the place is not a monument but a business venture.

The chairman said Dala Inland Dry Port is now a solution to the problems brought about by the seaports and they will introduce cargo tracking and door-to-door delivery of goods and services.

He said the success of the inland dry port is a joint venture between the state government, business community, regulatory agencies and Federal Government of Nigeria and to make business in Kano and its neighborhood more competitive.

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