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MAN to Convert First RoPax Ferries to LNG

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…As Bulk carrier BONA interrupted voyage after 2 crew injured by wave***

…Bulk carrier VELA maimed by dropped anchor in Arabian sea***

Spanish ferry operator Baleària Eurolineas Maritimas has decided to convert two of its RoPax ferries to liquefied natural gas (LNG) operation.

The conversion of two sister ships to dual-fuel operation is said to be the first of its kind in this shipping segment.

The company has inked a contract with MAN PrimeServ, part of MAN Energy Solutions, to carry out the works.

The vessels, Nápoles and Sicilia, are currently each powered by 2 × MAN 9L48/60A main engines, which will all be converted to 9L51/60DF units that will enable running on LNG.

“We showed – with the conversion of Wessels Reederei’s ‘Wes Amelie’ containership – that operational MAN engines can successfully be converted to LNG operation with a tremendous effect on exhaust emissions and the environment. We are very happy that Baleària has seen fit to bring these benefits to a new segment and application and look forward to the conversion procedure,” Thomas Spindler, Head of Upgrades & Retrofits, PrimeServ Four-Stroke, MAN Energy Solutions, said.

Ettore Morace, Director General of Operations at Baleària, said that the company’s commitment to the environment “is a strategic line for the company based on the use of liquefied natural gas and other clean energies as well as fleet eco-efficiency.”

Earlier this year, Baleària revealed plans to retrofit five of its ferries to run on LNG. Apart from Nápoles and Sicilia, the company will also convert Abel Matutes, Bahama Mama and Martín i Soler.

The conversion of the Nápoles is due to take place in Spain between November 2018 and January 2019, and of the Sicilia from October to December 2019. The Sicilia operates on the Barcelona – Ibiza route, while the Nápoles serves currently the Algeciras – Tanger Med route.

In the meantime, bulk carrier BONA had to interrupt her voyage from Richards Bay to Rotterdam on Aug 28, after two crew were badly injured.

The ship turned to Port Elizabeth, both crew were medevaced by NSRI Port Elizabeth rescue craft Spirit of Toft, and delivered to hospital.

They sustained injures after being caught by wave, and trown onto deck constructions. Medevac was directed by MRCC. Bulk carrier resumed her voyage.

Meanwhile, bulk carrier VELA portside anchor with all 330-meters long cable inadvertently dropped on Aug 11, according to ship’s track, when the ship was in Maldives area, Indian ocean, en route from Singapore to Damietta.

Anchor and chain weren’t lost, they remained dangling in the water, making the ship hampered both in speed, down to 3-6 knots, and in maneuverability. VELA limped through Arabian sea and most of Gulf of Aden, until Indian Navy ship INS TEG came to assist, and sent an emergency team. By joint efforts, anchor and chain were recovered and secured on Aug 28, north of Djibouti. Bulk carrier resumed her voyage.

World Maritime News with additional report from Fleetmon

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

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

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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