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Wreck Removal: NIMASA Conducts Post-Impact Assessment on Badagry Creek



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Wreck removed along the Badagry creek during the ongoing wreck removal exercise by NIMASA

… As Coy donates 2 Argentine horses to Navy’s polo team***

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has commenced preparatory works to deploy a high-resolution magnetometer to validate the ongoing wreck removal exercise of identified wrecks listed for removal along Badagry Creek in Lagos.

The agency’s Director-General, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, made this known in a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos on Sunday.

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Jamoh said that the impact of the entire exercise on the marine environment was being assessed by NIMASA.

He said this during a review session of the ongoing wreck removal exercise by the Agency.

“We shall also conduct a full bottom sweeping operation by deploying a sonar imagery system with a view to establishing any existing natural or artificial obstacles lying on the seabed within the area of survey for this phase of the wreck removal exercise.

“NIMASA is also taking into consideration, the impact of the entire operations on the marine environment with a view to ensuring the safety of marine lives.

“We are monitoring the entire exercise closely to guarantee total removal of all identified wrecks,” he said.

Jamoh noted that amongst those already removed include a completely submerged Barge which was lying over 10 meters deep along the Badagry channel on coordinates 711006.1 Easting and 535294.9 Northing.

He said that the agency had also successfully removed two other completely submerged barges beneath the water at 530924.9 Northing and 710608.3 Easting.

“Another completely submerged Barge which has been lying dangerously along the channels on 711617.5 Easting and 533601.6 Northing has also been successfully removed and taken to the dumpsite located in Kirikiri Lagos.

“These are amongst the identified wrecks removed along the creek from Tin-Can Island to Navy Town,” he said.

He added that NIMASA had worked with the Hydrography Department of the Nigerian Navy to identify these wrecks as critical.

“We worked closely with the Hydrography Unit of the Nigerian Navy in charting the waters and establishing these wrecks as critical for immediate removal.

“Some are completely submerged while others are partially submerged.

“This Badagry creek is a commercial route with passenger vessels plying and we place a premium on the safety of lives and properties.

“We are confident that on completion, operations of the Navy in patrolling our waters will also be enhanced as the routes will be free of wrecks,” he said.

Jamoh said that NIMASA was charged with the responsibility of ensuring the safety of navigation in line with the Wreck Removal Convention that was adopted at the International Maritime Organisation, IMO, diplomatic conference in Nairobi Kenya in 2007 and entered into force on April 14, 2015.

“Nigeria was the eight-country to ratify the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks,” he said.

In another development, the Casiva group of companies Ltd. has donated two Argentine ponies (horses) to the Nigerian Navy (NN) polo team for their outstanding performance.

The Chairman of the company, Alhaji Nasiru Dano, said his organization decided to donate the horses to the service because of their outstanding performance in the game of polo in the country.

“The fastest-growing polo team today in Nigeria is the NN polo team.

In less than one year, I remember during the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Vice Adm. Awwal Gambo conference, which took place in Kano State, and also in Abuja, they did marvelously well by clinching the trophies.

“They were in Port Harcourt for the Theophilus Danjuma’s polo tournament and they clinched the trophy.

Even during the 50th anniversary of the Nigerian Army polo competition, the NN team won the trophy.

“In Lagos, they were there also, during the Lagos State polo tournament, they did very well.

We all know that polo is military and the military is polo.

“Therefore, we have no reason not to encourage them for such performance in the game of polo.

“We at Casiva Ltd., want the team to do more because we have seen the commitment of the CNS.

“In less than one year, what NN has done in the game is a pointer to the fact that they are really making the military and the country proud.

The chairman, however, promised that his organization would partner with the NN team in the promotion of the game, not only in the country but at the international level.

Dano added that the gesture was to further encourage the team to continue to do the good job it had been doing by making the NN, the military, and the country proud.

He, however, prayed that the game of polo would continue to unite the people playing the game, the armed forces, and the country at large.

In his remarks, the CNS expressed appreciation to the organization for the uncommon gesture, adding that it would go a long way in boosting the morale of the players.

“I feel highly elated and humbled at this kind gesture as well as identifying with the NN polo team, which I therefore appreciate.

Gambo recalled that in September 2021,  during the CNS annual conference, the NN polo team debuted in the game which was initiated by Dano.

“Since then, the NN polo team has demonstrated courage, determination and enthusiasm, which were reflected in Port Harcourt club internal polo tournament as they won the Theophilus Danjuma trophy in January 2022.

“Also, in February 2022, the team was second runner-up in the Lagos State polo tournament.

In the just-concluded NN week, the team defeated the Nigerian Army polo team to clinch the trophy.

He said that all the achievements were indications of a strong team that must be encouraged.

The CNS added that with the donation, the team would begin another path towards becoming a formidable force to be reckoned with in the game of polo in Nigeria and beyond.

“I have no doubt that the entire NN and the team will continue to relish the kind gesture for a better outing.


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MWUN Congratulates PTML Management On Acquisition Of MV Great Lagos



*MV Great Lagos

…Describes ship as a marvel of modern engineering

The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) under the leadership of its President-General, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, has congratulated the Managing Director of Grimaldi Shipping Company, Mr. Ascanio Ruso, and his management for acquiring “MV GREAT LAGOS”, noting that it is the first of its kind in Nigeria.

The ship is described as a marvel of modern engineering with functions of environmental consciousness built to meet the challenges of modern-day technology in the maritime industry.

“This suffices to say that Ascanio Ruso is one of the best maritime administrators in Nigeria, who treats workers in his employ with humane and dignity for labour,” Adeyanju, a Prince of Ibaan further stated.

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“I wish to categorically state here again that Mr. Ascanio is a wonderful Managing Director with a human face and one of the foremost employers of labour in the industry. Your blood flows with genuine intentions of fair treatment to workers’ welfare in the maritime space.

*MV Great Lagos

“We in the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria Congratulate you on this laudable milestone achievement. Once again, we say congratulations to Mr. Ascanio Ruso and your management team,” Prince Adeyanju said.

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Immigration Service Receives 9 Stowaways From The Gambia



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The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) on Tuesday in Ikeja received nine repatriated Nigerians who attempted to stow away to Europe through The Gambia.

Comptroller of the NIS at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Mrs Adesola Adesokan, advised Nigerians against stowing away to Europe.

Speaking with newsmen on the development, she described stowing away as a death trap into which many Nigerians had fallen and had lost their lives.

Adesokan said the nine stowaways received on Tuesday were handed over to immigration officials by officials of the Gambian Immigration Service.

She noted that two of the stowaways almost drowned in their bid to evade arrest, but were rescued and taken to the Nigeria High Commission in The Gambia.

She added that the High Commission processed emergency travel documents for the nine stowaways to be repatriated to Nigeria, but were reluctant to return home.

“Nine Nigerians were sent back by The Gambian Immigration Service after attempting to stow away through the sea.

“Two of them almost lost their lives because they could not swim after jumping into the sea to evade arrest.

“Security officers were able to rescue them; put them in the boat and took them to a hotel where they were given food but, they vehemently resisted plans to return them to Nigeria,’’ she said.

Adesokan added that the stowaways demanded money from the Gambian immigration service as a condition to return to Nigeria.

“They were eventually taken to the Nigeria High Commission in Banjul, which persuaded them and issued them emergency travel documents so they could return to Nigeria,’’ she said.

She advised those planning to engage in irregular migration to desist and follow the right channel and also called for value reorientation.

She stressed that irregular migrants eventually got caught and deported, adding that some ended up doing odd jobs.

Adesokan noted that the stowaways were young Nigerians between the ages of 21 years to 30 years.

Also speaking with newsmen, the returnee stowaways expressed regret at their action and claimed that they were lured into the voyage by friends who luckily made it to Europe through the same route.

One of the stowaways, Abdul Yakubu, said that he was selling noodles and fried eggs on Lagos Island before he was cajoled to embark on the trip.

Yakubu said he lost N70,000 which he paid to the man who introduced and boarded him on the ship.

Another stowaway, Daniel Vincent, said they did not take any food or water when they boarded the ship at Tin Can Port in Lagos because they thought Europe was a three-day journey by sea.

Vincent said he was shocked to realise that he had not left the shores of Africa when they were detected by the ship’s crew members and handed over to the Gambian immigration service.

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Zoe Maritime Resources Holds Maximizing Gas Utilization Roundtable



Edodo= Emore

The Zoe Maritime Resources Ltd, a foremost networking and capacity-building institution in the maritime industry has announced its Maritime Business Roundtable Breakfast Meeting on Maximizing Gas Utilization.

The event is scheduled for Thursday 14th December 2023 at 9 am at the Lagos Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island. 

The theme of the Maritime Business Roundtable Breakfast Meeting  [MBRBM]  is “Maximizing Gas Utilization in  Nigeria’s Blue Economy“.

According to the press release signed by the conference convener, Oritsematosan Edodo-Emore stated that the aim of the Maritime Business Roundtable Breakfast Meeting [MBRBM] is to develop the use of Gas as the driving energy for the maritime industry in Nigeria and to bring providers, users and suppliers of Liquified Petroleum (GAS), LPG together to share ideas and explore opportunities in Nigeria’s Blue Economy.

Zoe confirmed that the following panelists will bring to bear their practical knowledge and industry experience into the arena. They are Dr. Ubani  Nkaginieme, MD – Total Support Energy Ltd; President Virtual Gas Integrated Association of Nigeria, VGIAN, Wilson E A Opuwei- CEO Dateline Energy; Rear Admiral Abolaji Oredru -Admiral Superintendent -Naval Dockyard Ltd; Rear Admiral Hamza Ibrahim, , Managing Director-Admiralty Maritime Services Ltd,  Hannah Omeje -Chairperson, WEOG Committee On Gas.

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*Edodo- Emore

The Roundtable will deal with *The relevance of gas in powering Nigeria’s Blue Economy: *The challenges and opportunities of the use of Liquified Petroleum Gas in Coastal Communities.*

The development of gas infrastructure for maritime use, Consequences of lack of optimal utilization of gas, Way forward: What the Federal and state governments must do to drive the gas agenda.

The Maritime First learnt that the proposed participants include: Maritime Stakeholders, Downstream and Midstream Oil and gas Value Chain, Government Agencies, Banks (with maritime desk), Insurance companies, Ship-owners, Boat operators, Logistics companies, Freight Forwarders, Foreign entities *

The benefits of the Maritime Business Roundtable Breakfast Meeting include:  *Visibility, Growth, Networking, Impartation, and exchange of knowledge Solutions 

The  event comprises of lead lecture, panel discussion, interactive  session, and networking  accompanied by a full breakfast,

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