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WIMAFRICA Continental President calls for fair future for Seafarers, Worldwide



WIMAFRICA Continental President calls for fair future for Seafarers, Worldwide
WIMAFRICA Continental President calls for fair future for Seafarers, Worldwide

Jean Chiazor Anishere, Continental President, Women in Shipping Africa (WWIMAFRICA)

The Continental President, Women in Shipping Africa (WIMAFRICA) Mrs Jean Chiazor Anishere, (SAN) has urged maritime nations to appreciate the significant role seafarers play in the industry, which makes them the very heart of international and Global trade.

Anishere made the call during zoom discussion in commemorating the Seafarers Day 2021.

The Theme of 2021 Seafarers Day is #Fair Future for Seafarers. She called for need to continue supporting Seafarers especially on pandemic related challenges which drew global attention to other areas were fairness was important.

Anishere said that the importance of Seafarers in our daily lives, cannot be overemphasized; adding that Seafarers are responsible for the gradual restoration to normalcy, international trade and business across the World.

She said that basically all the useful items for our daily lives were primarily transported by sea with the help of Seafarers.

“The ongoing Convid-19 pandemic have created challenging working conditions for seafarers including difficulties with the port access repatriation crew changes and more.

“Unfortunately, there are still many Seafarers that have not been able to leave ships for an extended period of time beyond their contract.

“Despite these challenges facing the Seafarers, they have gone beyond the call of duties working tirelessly to keep global trade flowing.

“Seafarers also play a significant role in the maritime industry which makes them the heart of International and Global trade,” Anishere said.

She said that 80 per cent of the Global trade occurring by maritime transportation, the work of seafarers had impacted on the Global economy, crossing territorial borders and touching the lives of everyone.

WIMAFRICA Continental President said that the activities of Seafarers had also touched the lives of other sectors such as agriculture, transportation, commerce, technology, commerce, or national defence and health care etc.

She said that transportation by sea remains the enabler for a globalised market place adding that seafarers contributions in the supply chain, cannot be ignored.

“In 2020, the world experienced the Convid-19 pandemic, which changed lives as we have hitherto known it to be.

” Pandemic challenged how we all transacted and how business was conducted. “The maritime industry was perhaps one of the worst hit by the impact of the pandemic which was creating challenging operational condition in the maritime environment,” She said.

Anishere explained that as the World gradually recovers from the impact of the pandemic, life had not remained the same for many Seafarers, who could only describe the Pandemic as one that has made a bad situation even worse.

She said  that some Seafarers have been made to work extended hours, without opportunity for leave, nor being given the benefits of their engagement, others were left looking for opportunities to work, better conditions of service.

Anishere, who was the President of Women in Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA-Nigeria), however,  hoped for policies that would positively impact on the industry.

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Terminal Giant, APMT, Ocean Ambassadors Collaborate To Mark 2024 Children’s Day



Terminal Giant, APMT, Ocean Ambassadors Collaborate To Mark 2024 Children's Day

Terminal handling giant, the APM Terminal in collaboration with the Ocean Ambassadors Foundation OAF will host this year’s Children’s Day at Apapa, on Thursday 30, May 2024.

The  Ocean Ambassadors Foundation President, Mrs Violet Olaitan Williams disclosed this to newsmen in Lagos, while appreciating APM Terminals management, for sponsoring this year’s Children’s Day event. 

“This shows that truly, the 60 per cent youth population of this country has a future in the supply chain sub-sector of the marine and blue economy”, the OAF President, Olaitan Williams said.

“This gesture has marked out the terminal as a Children-friendly terminal, passionate about the sustainability of the industry,” she also said.

Ocean Ambassadors Foundation President, Mrs Violet Olaitan Williams

The OAF is a Catch Them Young Initiative with a grassroots approach to the maritime supply chain, a special provision for the Girl Child, who is under-represented in the maritime space.

She praised the APMT for being a functional multinational terminal, stressing that the management’s willingness to play its role in the nation’s progress and growth by aligning with the Federal government’s agenda for the marine and Blue economy ministry, should be emphasized and commended.

“We hope to partner with APMT for further engagements as regards the future of these students because they’ve exhibited their terminal as a Student-friendly one”, Olaitan further noted.

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Economic Saboteurs Must Be Brought To Justice!’ Says The CGC



Economic Saboteurs Must Be Brought To Justice!' Says The CGC

… Sets up Operation Whirlwind Against Smuggling of Petroleum Products!

The Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC) Adewale Adeniyi, on Thursday, 22 May 2024, in Abuja, inaugurated a workshop for a newly formed tactical team, Operation Whirlwind, aimed at combating the smuggling of Petroleum Products to the neighbouring countries.

“Economic saboteurs must be brought to justice,” he declared, in his opening remarks, emphasising the crucial role the team will play in protecting the nation’s economy from the adverse effects of smuggling petroleum products. 

 “Over the years, we have rebuilt the service to an enviable height, our revenue is increasing, and our targets have also increased. However, if we are not significantly impacting the Nigerian economy, then we must do better.”

The workshop at the Nigeria Customs Command and Staff College (NCCSC) is designed to equip the Operation Whirlwind team with the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively curb smuggling, particularly of petroleum products diverted to neighbouring countries.

CGC Adeniyi highlighted the significance of the workshop and the strategic importance of the new operation.

 “This is not a task force or the setting up of checkpoints,” he clarified. 

“This is an intelligence-driven operation that will support the political will at the highest level. Our dedication and loyalty must not be compromised. There will be serious consequences against whoever acts against this mission. There is zero tolerance for sabotage.”

Adeniyi stressed the need for collaboration and unity among the officers.

 “You were selected because you can do the job. Your coordinator’s record is impeccable, and your assignment can’t succeed without you working as a team. You are to complement the existing structure. You are not going as competitors; you are going to fight people sabotaging our efforts.”

The Director of Legal Services is scheduled to educate the team on the proper procedures for filing seizures, ensuring that all legal aspects of their operations are handled correctly.

The inauguration of Operation Whirlwind marks a significant step in Nigeria’s fight against smuggling and economic sabotage. As the team prepares to embark on their mission, the Comptroller-General of Customs asserts that the expectation is clear: to protect Nigeria’s economic interests with unwavering dedication and integrity.

It would be recalled that a Customs officer who once challenged smugglers at a border in the Northern axis of the country was allegedly dubbed insane, manhandled and taken to Abuja, to enable the petroleum product smuggling to continue unabated.

The setting up of Operation Whirlwind to some extent, might be a reflection of the fact that the racket that once, allegedly thrived under a past administration is finally over. 

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Navy Arrests 2 Vessels, 12 Crew Members Over Violation Of Maritime Law



Navy Arrests 2 Vessels, 12 Crew Members Over Violation Of Maritime Law

…MV RIG RUNNER and MV CELTIC EBENEZER Allegedly had AIS switched off at the time of arrest on April 2 and May 2 respectively

The Nigerian Navy, Forward Operating Base (FOB) FORMOSO, Baylesa, has arrested two motor vessels and 12 crew members over alleged violation of maritime laws.

The Commanding Officer, Capt. Murtala Rogo, disclosed this on Saturday while handing over the vessels and suspects to the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA operatives in Bayelsa.

Represented by the Executive Officer, Commander M.A. Gada, Rogo said that the vessels, (MV) RIG RUNNER and MV CELTIC EBENEZER were arrested on April 2 and May 2 respectively.

“They were arrested by our patrol teams, around Madu Oilfield, off the coast of Bayelsa.

“Both vessels were found to be transiting with their automatic identification systems switched off, this is a violation of maritime law, ” he said.

The commanding officer said that the navy remained committed to the campaign against illegal bunkering, crude oil theft and all other forms of waterway crime.

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