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My Joy- Jolapamo



…Those who fought with me and those who fought against me are now NISA members 

The former Chairman of the Nigerian Indigenous Ship-owners Association (NISA), Chief Isaac Morakinyo Jolapamo on Monday, expressed his joys that some of those who seriously fought his ambition to entrench a formidable and all encompassing NISA were now members of the body.

The Publicity Secretary, Engr. Emmanuel Ilori in white attire on arrival for the inauguration event with another guest... Tuesday afternoon.

The Publicity Secretary, Engr. Emmanuel Ilori in white attire on arrival for the inauguration event with another guest… Tuesday afternoon.

He made the observation in a valedictory speech, before handing over to the new NISA President, Capt. Dada Olaniyi Labinjo, at a ceremony which held at the Rockview Hotel, Apapa, Lagos, stressing that he governed an association which was though ” battered, but not bettered; and attacked but not conquered”.

“Some of the gladiators in the election fought with me in the trenches; while others fought against me, on the other side of the divide. Interestingly all of them are united in the task of winning the Nigerian Maritime Industry,of which ship ownership is at the heart, for the betterment of our economy”, he stated, praying that better days when the Nigerian flags would again be hoisted on truly Nigerian ships, would be cris-crossing the domestic and international waters.

“Distinguished ladies and gentlemen time it was when the Nigerian red ensign was flown all over the world by Nigerian owned vessels carrying Nigerian cargo and crewed by the finest Nigerian officers and men. Nigerian ships ruled the waves and our maritime industry was the envy of many Nations.

“Backed by the United Nations UNCTAD code, cargo for our ships were assured. Nigerian maritime industry was destined as one of the best in the world. We even built a shipyard designed to repair our ships and ultimately build ships in Nigeria.
“Our indigenous progenitors joined the foray to sustain a budding maritime industry. Such like Chief SB Bakare, Chief Henry Fajemirokun, Chief Folawiyo of Nigerian Green Lines, Alhaji Yar Ardua and Chief MKO Abiola of African Ocean Lines. All of their vessels complemented the Nigerian National Shipping Line and an aspiring Nigerian National Tanker Company. The MV Oloibiri was one of the earliest VLCCs, then an exclusive vessel owned by exclusive nations. Not surprising we were admitted to IMO Council.
“Such a meteoric rise was unsustainable as forces both internal and external ensured the near total collapse of this economically and strategically vital sector of our sovereignty and economy.. Foreign companies that saw the opportunity of turning the industry to their cash cow invaded the industry linning their foreign accounts to the detriment of jobs for our vessels and our teeming unemployed youths.
“The Indigenous Ship-owners Association was formed to provide succour and maintain some national pride and dignity. In excess of 4 billion U.S. Dollars were invested in local ships which were to carry Nigerian oil, goods and provide services to our burgeoning oil industry. I wonder how many economies can sustain an unperforming 4billion dollars.
Such forces both internal and external battered and battled the indigenous ship ownership to the trenches to ensure foreign domination of our maritime trade.
“The national response through protectionist regimes in the cabotage and local content laws were laudable , the forces of domination continue to undermine these regimes. The inadequacy of the cabotage regime was exposed whilst the local content lacked professional maritime input in its implementation.
“Our maritime policy and administration was devoid of professional nigerian maritime input despite availability of such Skills. 
“With the present administration led by His Excellency The President Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR, through his unparalleled commitment to the industry,we came out of the trenches determined to secure our maritime industry that is capable of reducing our dependency on oil, job creation and transformation of our socio-economic terrain. 

“We are not unmindful of the enormitity of the challenges but with such allies as the Federal Minister of Transport, The Senior Special Assistant to Mr President on Maritime and our unrelenting champion of maritime empowerment the DG Nimasa and our numerous allies I am sure the battle of securing our maritime domain is a winnable task.and I salute you.

“We at ISAN have transformed ourself.we heard the call of the Governmnet through the apex maritime administration to unite all players in the maritime sector, have a new constitution and had a credible open, free and fair election. The election was conducted under the auspices of the Nigerian Maritime Administration. We are very grateful.

“Some of the gladiators in the election fought with me in the trenches; while others fought against me, on the other side of the divide. Interestingly all of them are united in the task of winning the Nigerian Maritime Industry, of which ship ownership is at the heart, for the betterment of our economy.  

I am therefore, handing over to these elected executives convinced that they will exercise their democratic powers and privileges for the overall interest of the Nation working in synergy with the government and all stakeholders.

“The battle ahead is not going to be easy but it is my conviction that putting the Nigerian red ensign on many ships is a task that must be done.

“I salute all of you who have come to witness this memorable occasion which is a major milestone in the history of Nigerian Maritime Industry.
The incoming administration is rich with professionals of international acclaim and cuts across various sectors essential to a virile maritime industry. I call on them to use their skills with dexterity and strike the forces of domination with precision.

“I hand over the flag of Nigerian Shipowners Association to the incoming President Capt Dada Olaniyi Labinjo convinced that he will advance and gain grounds hitherto unthinkable.

“God bless Nigeria,God bless Nigerian Ship Owners Association I thank you all”, he concluded, handing over the mantle of leadership of an association he had nurtured, through thick and thin, after 12 years.

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WAIVER CESSATION: Igbokwe urges NIMASA to evolve stronger collaboration with Ships owners



…Stresses the need for timely disbursement of N44.6billion CVFF***

Highly revered Nigerian Maritime Lawyer, and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mike Igbokwe has urged the Nigeria Maritime Administration and safety Agency (NIMASA) to partner with ship owners and relevant association in the industry to evolving a more vibrant merchant shipping and cabotage trade regime.

Igbokwe gave the counsel during his paper presentation at the just concluded two-day stakeholders’ meeting on Cabotage waiver restrictions, organized by NIMASA.

“NIMASA and shipowners should develop merchant shipping including cabotage trade. A good start is to partner with the relevant associations in this field, such as the Nigeria Indigenous Shipowners Association (NISA), Shipowners Association of Nigeria (SOAN), Oil Trade Group & Maritime Trade Group of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA).

“A cursory look at their vision, mission and objectives, show that they are willing to improve the maritime sector, not just for their members but for stakeholders in the maritime economy and the country”.

Adding that it is of utmost importance for NIMASA to have a through briefing and regular consultation with ships owners, in other to have insight on the challenges facing the ship owners.

“It is of utmost importance for NIMASA to have a thorough briefing and regular consultations with shipowners, to receive insight on the challenges they face, and how the Agency can assist in solving them and encouraging them to invest and participate in the maritime sector, for its development. 

“NIMASA should see them as partners in progress because, if they do not invest in buying ships and registering them in Nigeria, there would be no Nigerian-owned ships in its Register and NIMASA would be unable to discharge its main objective.

The Maritime lawyer also urged NIMASA  to disburse the Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF)that currently stands at about N44.6 billion.

“Lest it be forgotten, what is on the lips of almost every shipowner, is the need to disburse the Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (the CVFF’), which was established by the Coastal and Inland Shipping Act, 2003. It was established to promote the development of indigenous ship acquisition capacity, by providing financial assistance to Nigerian citizens and shipping companies wholly owned by Nigerian operating in the domestic coastal shipping, to purchase and maintain vessels and build shipping capacity. 

“Research shows that this fund has grown to about N44.6billion; and that due to its non-disbursement, financial institutions have repossessed some vessels, resulting in a 43% reduction of the number of operational indigenous shipping companies in Nigeria, in the past few years. 

“Without beating around the bush, to promote indigenous maritime development, prompt action must be taken by NIMASA to commence the disbursement of this Fund to qualified shipowners pursuant to the extant Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (“CVFF”) Regulations.

Mike Igbokwe (SAN)

“Indeed, as part of its statutory functions, NIMASA is to enforce and administer the provisions of the Cabotage Act 2003 and develop and implement policies and programmes which will facilitate the growth of local capacity in ownership, manning and construction of ships and other maritime infrastructure. Disbursing the CVFF is one of the ways NIMASA can fulfill this mandate.

“To assist in this task, there must be collaboration between NIMASA, financial institutions, the Minister of Transportation, as contained in the CVFF Regulations that are yet to be implemented”, the legal guru highlighted further. 

He urged the agency to create the right environment for its stakeholders to build on and engender the needed capacities to fill the gaps; and ensure that steps are being taken to solve the challenges being faced by stakeholders.

“Lastly, which is the main reason why we are all here, cessation of ministerial waivers on some cabotage requirements, which I believe is worth applause in favour of NIMASA. 

“This is because it appears that the readiness to obtain/grant waivers had made some of the vessels and their owners engaged in cabotage trade, to become complacent and indifferent in quickly ensuring that they updated their capacities, so as not to require the waivers. 

“The cessation of waivers is a way of forcing the relevant stakeholders of the maritime sector, to find workable solutions within, for maritime development and fill the gaps in the local capacities in 100% Nigerian crewing, ship ownership, and ship building, that had necessitated the existence of the waivers since about 15 years ago, when the Cabotage Act came into being. 

“However, NIMASA must ensure that the right environment is provided for its stakeholders to build and possess the needed capacities to fill the gaps; and ensure that steps are being taken to solve the challenges being faced by stakeholders. Or better still, that they are solved within the next 5 years of its intention to stop granting waivers”, he further explained. 

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The Burial Ceremony of Engr. Greg Ogbeifun’s mother is live. Watch on the website: and on Youtube: Maritimefirst Newspaper.

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Wind Farm Vessel Collision Leaves 15 Injured



…As Valles Steamship Orders 112,000 dwt Tanker from South Korea***

A wind farm supply vessel and a cargo ship collided in the Baltic Sea on Tuesday leaving 15 injured.

The Cyprus-flagged 80-meter general cargo ship Raba collided with Denmark-flagged 31-meter wind farm supply vessel World Bora near Rügen Island, about three nautical miles off the coast of Hamburg. 

Many of those injured were service engineers on the wind farm vessel, and 10 were seriously hurt. 

They were headed to Iberdrola’s 350MW Wikinger wind farm. Nine of the people on board the World Bora were employees of Siemens Gamesa, two were employees of Iberdrola and four were crew.

The cause of the incident is not yet known, and no pollution has been reported.

After the collision, the two ships were able to proceed to Rügen under their own power, and the injured were then taken to hospital. 

Lifeboat crews from the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service tended to them prior to their transport to hospital via ambulance and helicopter.

“Iberdrola wishes to thank the rescue services for their diligence and professionalism,” the company said in a statement.

In the meantime, the Hong Kong-based shipowner Valles Steamship has ordered a new 112,000 dwt crude oil tanker from South Korea’s Sumitomo Heavy Industries Marine & Engineering.

Sumitomo is to deliver the Aframax to Valles Steamship by the end of 2020, according to data provided by Asiasis.

The newbuild Aframax will join seven other Aframaxes in Valles Steamship’s fleet. Other ships operated by the company include Panamax bulkers and medium and long range product tankers.

The company’s most-recently delivered unit is the 114,426 dwt Aframax tanker Seagalaxy. The naming and delivery of the tanker took place in February 2019, at Namura Shipbuilding’s yard in Japan.

Maritime Executive with additional report from World Maritime News

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