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Varun’s Ships Banned from UAE Ports

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…Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Cuts Steel for 2nd Expedition Ship***

All ships belonging to Varun Resources Limited have been banned from calling the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ports, the country’s transport authority said.

India-based LPG ship owning company is a repeat offender when it comes to seafarer abandonment cases in UAE ports and waters.

The latest instance of crew abandonment involves the company’s 1991-built ship Maharshi Vamandeva.

The ship’s crew has been abandoned and left without basic provisions and fuel as well as lack of medical care. The LPG tanker is at anchor off Fujairah, according to its latest AIS data.

The seafarers have also been denied their salaries.

“We hereby urge all ports and ships’ agents to comply with this circular and stop dealing with subject company’s ships to avoid liabilities,” the transport authority added.

A number of the company’s ships have been arrested in various countries due to unpaid bills.

To remind, in June this year, the 2006-built crude oil tanker Ocean Mare was arrested in Singapore, most likely due to unresolved payments.

In addition, the arrest of Maharshi Bhavatreya was ordered by the Bombay High Court earlier this year on the request of unpaid workers of the ship.

Varun owns eight LPG carriers, majority flagged in South Korea, mostly built in the 1990s, the oldest one being built in 1982.

The fleet is comprised of Maharshi Bhardwaj,  Maharshi Vamadeva, Maharshi Bhavatreya, Maharshi Krishnatreya, Maharshi Mahatreya, Maharshi Devatreya, Maharshi Atreya and Maharshi Shubhatreya, the company’s website info shows.

In the meantime, German cruise company Hapag-Lloyd Cruises launched the construction of its second expedition ship HANSEATIC inspiration with a steel cutting ceremony on October 5, 2017.

The steel for the new vessel, which is expected to hit the water in 2019, was cut at the Romanian VARD shipyard in Tulcea.

The contract for the two expedition ships, which will be positioned in the five-star expedition segment, was awarded to the Norwegian VARD Group, a subsidiary of the Italian shipbuilding company Fincantieri.

HANSEATIC inspiration’s hull will be built in Tulcea, before being transported to the VARD Langsten shipyard in Norway for the interior fitting.

The two expedition ships, slated to launch in 2019, are an investment by the tourism group TUI Group on behalf of its Hamburg-based subsidiary. In terms of its growth strategy, TUI is focusing increasingly on the development of its own hotels and cruise ships.

With HANSEATIC nature and HANSEATIC inspiration, the company is further expanding its fleet and developing its role in the expedition segment.

“The demand for expedition cruising is three times higher than supply and so with our two new builds we shall be ideally prepared for the future and also satisfy the international marketplace. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is growing, which underlines the TUI Group’s strategy in the cruise segment. The HANSEATIC inspiration will be marketed to an English-speaking audience,” Karl J. Pojer, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, said.

HANSEATIC nature and HANSEATIC inspiration, identical in design, will be fitted with cutting-edge equipment and environmental technology and will be able to accommodate up to 230 guests and up to 199 guests on Antarctic cruises, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises said.

They will also have the highest ice class for passenger ships PC6 so they will be used in the polar regions the Arctic and Antarctic, as well as in warmer destinations such as the Amazon and the South Seas.

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CIoTA Executives Visit NIMASA DG, Mobereola

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…Pledged collaboration to ensure the transportation sector is professionally driven

The Executives of the Chartered Institute of Transportation Administration of Nigeria (CIoTA) paid a visit to the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dayo Mobereola, at the NIMASA Towers in Lagos.

CIoTA Executives Visit NIMASA DG, Mobereola
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dayo Mobereola (right), receiving a plaque from the President of the Chartered Institute of Transportation Administration of Nigeria (CIoTA), Mr Segun Obayendo, during the NIMASA DG’s conferment as a Fellow of CIoTA at the NIMASA Towers in Lagos.

The executives, led by the President, Mr Segun Obayendo, congratulated the DG on his appointment and pledged to collaborate with the agency in ensuring the transportation sector is professionally driven.

The DG welcomed the association and expressed the Agency’s readiness to partner with CIoTA towards achieving a robust transport sector.

The President of the Chartered Institute of Transportation Administration of Nigeria (CIoTA), Mr. Segun Obayendo; the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dayo Mobereola; the Executive Director of Operations, NIMASA, Engr. Fatai Adeyemi; and the Executive Director of Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services, NIMASA, Jibril Abba, during the NIMASA DG’s conferment as a Fellow of CIoTA at the NIMASA Towers in Lagos.

Dr. Dayo Mobereola, the NIMASA DG, was conferred with a fellowship at the institute.

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NPA: Tinubu Sacks Bello-Koko, Appoints Dantsoho New MD; Sen. Adeyeye Chairman

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NPA: Tinubu Sacks Bello-Koko, Appoints Dantsoho New MD; Sen. Adeyeye Chairman

President Bola Tinubu has kicked out the Nigerian Ports Authority NPA Managing Director, Muhammed Bello-Koko and replaced him with Dr Abubakar Dantsoho. He also approved the appointment of Sen. Adedayo Adeyeye as Chairman of the NPA Board.

A statement by his spokesman, Chief Ajuri Ngelale, the new Managing Director is a core professional and holds a PhD, in Maritime Technology.

“Dr Dantsoho holds a Doctorate in Maritime Technology from Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, and a Master’s degree in International Transport from Cardiff University of Wales, United Kingdom.

Dr Abubakar-Dantsoho

“Before his appointment, he had served in various roles in the Nigerian Ports Authority as Assistant General Manager; Technical Assistant to the Managing Director; Port Manager, Onne Port; and Principal Manager, Tariff & Billing”, Ngelale stated, adding:

“Senator Adeyeye, the Board Chairman, is a seasoned lawyer, journalist, and politician,” the statement further said.

Sen. Adedayo Adeyeye

Adeyeye is a former Minister of State for Works and a former Ekiti South Senatorial District senator.

“The President expects the new leadership of this pivotal agency to deploy excellence in the discharge of their duties to enable efficient port services and improved industry outcomes,” Ajuri Ngelale indicated further.

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Customs Enforcement: NAGAFF Clarifies Role And Mandate Amidst Allegations Of Frustration, Extortion

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Customs Enforcement: NAGAFF Clarifies Role And Mandate Amidst Allegations Of Frustration, Extortion

The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has expressed concern over the lack of understanding among some freight forwarders regarding the role of the Enforcement Unit of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) at Tin Can Port.

In a statement released by NAGAFF Headquarters, the association emphasized that the Enforcement Unit serves as gatekeeper and an intervention force, mandated to police the ports and border stations, acting on intelligence information from the Customs Intelligence Unit, Interpol, and informants.

NAGAFF clarified that the Customs Intelligence Unit operates effectively, bursting revenue crimes in customs ports, and encouraged freight forwarders to report any corruption or observations to the appropriate authorities.

Customs Enforcement: NAGAFF Clarifies Role And Mandate Amidst Allegations Of Frustration, Extortion

The association advised freight forwarders to maintain professional standards, ensuring genuine declaration of imports and exports for customs purposes, as non-disclosure is an offence against customs laws, leading to seizure and prosecution.

NAGAFF assured high response rates from its High Command to protect genuine declarations and compliance, emphasizing that the Comptroller General of Customs and his management team will not tolerate any corrupt acts.

The statement was signed by Dr Clement Iwegbuna, NPS, NAGAFF Hqtrs, and forwarded to the Comptroller General of Customs, DCG Enforcement, and DCG T&T Hqtrs for their information and records.

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