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NAVY Stabilized Shipping Operations In N’Delta- NPA

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  • As Buhari Assures, Govt Will Crack Down On Oil Thieves

The Onne Port Manager, Durowaiye Ayodele has thumbed up the Nigerian Navy, stressing that the Navy’s  involvement in commercial shipping has brought enduring stability to the nation`s maritime environment.

Mr. Ayodele made the observation during the recent operational visit of students of Senior Course 38/2015, Department of Warfare, Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji to Onne Port Complex, as part of their annual exposure to areas of strategic interest.

– Port Manager Onne Port ,Mr Durowaiye Ayodele Flanked By The Exectutives Of The Students Of  Senior Course 38/2015, Department Of Warfare, Armed Forces Command And Staff College, Jaji And Members Of The Port Management Of Onne Port At The Visit Of The Students To Onne

 Port Manager Onne Port ,Mr Durowaiye Ayodele Flanked By The Exectutives Of The Students Of Senior Course 38/2015, Department Of Warfare, Armed Forces Command And Staff College, Jaji And Members Of The Port Management Of Onne Port At The Visit Of The Students To Onne

“The navy’s involvement has entrenched genuine stability for commercial shipping to thrive”, Ayodele indicated.

In his presentation, the Port Manager who noted that the relative peace enjoyed in the Niger Delta region of the country has brought comfort to shipping, also attributed same to the on-going cordial relationship between the Nigerian Ports Authority and the Nigerian Navy; adding further that the operation of Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), a nation’s strategic assets could only be guaranteed in an environment of peace.

Speaking on the Management’s collaboration with the Navy, Ayodele disclosed that among other things, Nigerian Ports Authority in a deliberate effort procured fast moving security boats for the Navy which underscores Managements commitment to support its surveillance of the nation’s territorial waters.

He assured that the NPA would continue to work with the Navy in the interest of national economic development; and called attention to specific steps being taken by the Port to address issues, particularly, the newly constituted Port Security Committee in the Port, which had provided an avenue for stakeholders to share information on security challenges unique to the port and as well as to jointly proffer solution to such challenges.

Delivering a vote of thanks on behalf of the Commandant, Lt. Cdr NB Karah, expressed satisfaction with the enlightenment and assured that the knowledge gained will not only be applied in the college but retained for future endeavors.

In the meantime, President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday promised that his administration would deal decisively with the seeming resurgence of oil theft, pipeline vandalism and insecurity in the Niger Delta.

Niger Delta militants had on Thursday launched fresh attacks on oil facilities in Delta State, blowing up the Escravos-Warri-Abuja-Lagos pipelines.

The militants also blew up the Chevron Nigeria Limited’s Utunan-Makaraba crude oil pipeline on Friday and proceeded to bomb the Olero gas pipeline on Saturday.

The attacks were suspected to be aimed at crippling the nation’s crude oil production.

But the President said while the Nigerian Armed Forces had already dealt “deadly blows” on Boko Haram, the activities of oil thieves and vandals would also soon be brought to an end.

According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, the President spoke during an interactive session with members of the Nigerian Community in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

“The oil thieves and abductors are a less problematic target. We will re-organise and deal with them,” Buhari was quoted as telling Nigerians in the Arab country.

The President was also said to have urged telecommunication companies, operating in Nigeria, not to place their desire for huge profits above the security needs of the country.

Buhari explained that the war against terrorism could only be won with the collective effort and a commitment by all stakeholders to work in unison to halt the scourge.

In apparent reference to the recent fine imposed on MTN Nigeria by the Nigerian Communications Commission, the President said the registration of all mobile telephone users without exception would help the security agencies to pre-empt terrorist attacks.

He said telecommunication companies, operating in Nigeria, must adhere to the rules and guidelines of the NCC.

Buhari also assured Nigerians at the interactive session that his administration’s war against corruption would continue to be vigorously pursued.

He pledged that more persons, who had abused the public trust, would be exposed and brought to justice soon.

The President added that his government was committed to re-establishing accountability and probity in the management of public funds which, he added, were jettisoned under past administrations.

Buhari appealed for more patience and understanding from Nigerians as his administration took steps to safeguard the economy from the shock of falling oil prices.

“In the face of our new economic reality of dwindling oil prices, there are a number of things we can really do without in order to preserve our economy.

“We must develop the capacity to feed ourselves and we should be spending our resources on real development projects, not luxuries,” he said.

Additional report from Punch

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

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…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: www.maritimefirstnewspaper.com and on Youtube: Maritimefirst Newspaper.

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Wind Farm Vessel Collision Leaves 15 Injured

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…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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