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Security Patrol Boats Will Boost Efficiency, Productivity, And Revenue- Bello-Koko



…As Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyeega Oyetola commissions seven Security patrol boats, to tame hoodlums, entrench a business-friendly environment

The Nigerian Ports Authority NPA Managing Director,  Mohammed Bello-Koko has reiterated his commitment to driving traffic and productivity, particularly in the Eastern ports.

He stated this during the commissioning of seven security boats, stressing that while he was excited by the rising traffic in the Eastern ports, especially in Onne, he would not rest on the present achievement, but rather further pursue measures that would entrench a regime of a business-friendly environment, needed for higher productivity and revenue.

“This event is another testament to our commitment to continuously improve in the journey towards transforming our strategic intent of becoming the maritime logistics hub for sustainable port service in Africa from potential to actualities.

*The Minister Of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola (Middle), flanked by the NPA Managing Director, Mohammed Bello-Koko (Right), and the LTT Coastal and Marine Services Managing Director, Hilik Kalusky during the Commissioning of seven Security Patrol boats at Apapa, Lagos, on Thursday.

“Enhanced maritime safety, security, and compliance to global acceptable standards is one of the Nigerian Ports Authority’s (NPA) deliverables under the presidential priorities of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

*Security Patrol Boats Will Boost Efficiency, Productivity, And Revenue- Bello-Koko

“Therefore, what we are witnessing today (Thursday 22, February 2024) is pursuant to achieving these deliverables in alliance with the Presidential directive with regards to performance with the MDAs; in addition to positioning us to fulfilling the fundamental requirements of security which constitutes a critical success factor in fulfilling two crucial aspects of our port concession statutory mandates of regulating maritime business and promoting Port security and safe haven for ships; and the second one, being safeguarding assets of the authority, while maintaining their optimal use.

L-R: The SIFAX Group Chairman, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi; the President-General, Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria MWUN; The Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola; the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority NPA; and the Managing Director, LTT Coastal & Marine Services, during the commissioning of the seven Security patrol boats at the Dockyard, Apapa, Lagos, Thursday.

“The deployment of the state of the art tugboats takes us a notch higher in our compliance with the dictates of the International Ships Port Facility Security ISPS Code of the International Maritime Organisation IMO. 

“I, therefore, want to, on behalf of the management and staff of the NPA, commend and appreciate our amiable Minister, for his tireless endorsement of our efforts at enhancing the competitiveness of our ports”, the NPA Managing Director said.

He thanked the authority’s security partners, viz the Nigerian Navy, Police, Army, DSS, and the Lagos State Government, whose collaboration has continued to enhance the authority’s capability to detect, deter, and respond to security threats, often before they happen.

“The procurement of these seven security patrol boats we are commissioning, was preceded by a robust needs-assessment process which was undertaken by a highly experienced team, drawn from our security, marine, and operations division; and also the vessels management department, who are painstaking in following the procedure outputs specifications, including necessary sea trials”.

He therefore commended their dedication and commitment to duty and professionalism.

He however refrained from revealing the distinctive features of the boats, preferring only to call them game-changers, ready to demonstrate the country’s preparedness and capacity to respond to emergencies or threats, beyond the hoodlums’ belief.

“I have chosen to refrain from mentioning those superlatives here, because of the security implications. However, I am especially delighted to say that these security patrol boats position us to achieve our set goals of driving the desired vessel traffic to the Eastern Ports of Onne, Rivers, Warri, and Calabar Port complexes; where four of these vessels to be commissioned today will be allocated.

Although None has been in recent times, witnessed increased traffic, we can not rest on our laurels; we will continue to advocate and galvanised stakeholders’ opinions to continuously grow the fortune of the Eastern port”, the NPA Boss further assured.

Meanwhile, before cutting the tape, the Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegbiyega Oyetola expressed his delight for the boats, especially, as they provide Nigeria with a security edge needed to boost the nation’s effectiveness, productivity and revenue, stressing that these were all the things that President Bola Tinubu’s mandate is committed to promote.

“Security is Germaine to actualising the audacious growth of his excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR,  envisioned for the economy for the growth of the marine and blue economy”.

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Zoe Maritime Roundtable Targets Improved Passenger Safety, Using Chinese Experience



…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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Adegboyega Oyetola, the Minister of Marine and Blue Economy

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.


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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NPA Managing Director, Mohammed Bello-Koko

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



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



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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