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Tackle Piracy Now, House Committee Tells Peterside



  • As Shell Scraps USD 4.6 Bn FLNG Order at Samsung Heavy

The House of Representatives Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration has tasked the Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA),  Dr. Dakuku Peterside to adopt every legitimate measures to curb piracy and restore sanity, within the nation’s waters.

The Chairman of the Committee, Honourable Mohammed Umaru Bago made the observation in Abuja, when Peterside led members of his Management to defend the NIMASA 2016 Budget.

NIMASA Management staff in a group photograph with the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar when the Agency paid a working visit to the CAS in Abuja.

NIMASA Management staff in a group photograph with the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar when the Agency paid a working visit to the CAS in Abuja.

Bago maintained that while the Committee had no doubt in respect of Dakuku’s ability or commitment to succeed,  it was however constrained to prioritize every issue bordering on safety and security of the Nigerian waters; challenging the DG to utilise all the resources at his disposal to revamp the image of the Agency which he noted, became badly battered, in the last few years.

He however assured the Agency of the cooperation and support of the committee for the DG’s programmes for 2016, insisting that the committee will monitor the implementation of the budget very closely.

Responding, the NIMASA Director General, Peterside said he was already thinking in the same direction, hence the Agency’s 2016 budget has targeted a strategic growth programme, which would focus on five strategic areas.

These he indicated as, being in addition to growing the indigenous operators; maintaining maritime safety and security, maintenance of a clean maritime environment and enhancing port state control.

He also assured that the agency would equally, seriously work on building human and infrastructural capacity, as well as sanitizing the maritime environment to eliminate corruption while increasing revenue generation for economic growth.

According to the Dakuku, the Agency especially aims at tapping into the vast potentials of the Nigerian maritime industry by growing indigenous capacity with a view to making Nigeria a hub for maritime activities in the West and Central African sub region.

And to achieve these goals, the Director General said he would soon embark on a radical restructuring of the Agency with a view to repositioning it for greater efficiency and service delivery,  stressing his determination to anchor his commitment on transparency, accountability and probity, warning that there would be zero tolerance for corruption.

In another development, the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar has stated that the Air Force could deploy Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) attached with cameras in addition to its fleet of Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) to enhance the surveillance of the Nigerian maritime domain.

Air Marshal Abubakar who also noted that the Air Force has several senior officers with competence in aeronautic engineering, highlighted this while receiving a NIMASA delegation led by its Director General that to his Abuja office, adding that the Force has produced a prototype that is already in use and which they are ready to deploy after building the capacity of some NIMASA personnel to handle UAVs.

While calling on the assistance of NIMASA and other relevant stakeholders for the mass production of these UAVs, the Air Chief also pledged the support of the Nigerian Air Force to partner with the Agency to deal with maritime crimes.

It will be recalled that NIMASA and the Nigerian Air Force had endorsed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Nigerian Air Force where the Force is expected to provide air surveillance of the maritime domain as well as provide support to the Agency’s search and rescue operations amongst others.

In the meantime, South Korea’s shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries has received a contract termination for three floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) units from oil and gas giant Shell, the shipbuilder said in a stock exchange filing.

The deal for the three vessels, worth a total of KRW 5.3 trillion (USD 4.6 billion), was signed between the companies in June 2015.

The three FLNGs were expected to join their owner by the end of November 2023.

The initially signed deal covered only a part of production costs, and the companies were scheduled to enter into a basic FEED (Front-End Engineering and Design) contract for topsides for the FLNGs in the second half of 2016.

The announcement comes amid a diminished ordering appetite as only nine orders were placed at South Korean shipbuilders during the first quarter of 2016, none of which were clinched by Samsung Heavy Industries.

This is the first time in 15 years for Korean shipbuilders to receive orders amounting to only a single-digit in a quarter, Clarksons’ data earlier showed.

Additional report from World Maritime News 


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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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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