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Yuletide: Lcm Doles Out N5m To Orphanage Homes

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Dredging giant, the Lagos Channel Management (LCM), today enjoined well placed citizens, corporate and individuals to sow seeds of life to vulnerable Nigerians, especially the orphanages, because the group has no unions to champion their cause.

Managing Director Lagos Channel Management, Danny Fuchs indicated this at his Lagos office before splashing N5m to five different ‘homes’ to mark the Yuletide season.

The orphanage homes are; Bola Mofo Zion Shelter, Tunji Adebayo Motherless
Babies Home, Babs-Salam Home, the Lagos State Government Children Centre and the Lagos State Special Correctional Centre for Girls.

dsc07307Danny who specifically lauded Government efforts towards ensuring a peaceful and harmonious society, also noted that the government alone cannot shoulder the entire responsibility of the society, hence his insistence that all hands must be on deck, to ensure the happiness of the vulnerable class.

He however admonished both the donors and the beneficiary homes, who got a million naira each, to ensure they work according to their good conscience.

“I understand all their challenges; it’s the same all over the world. More so, because the children have no unions to fight their cause. This is why we must come together to always reach out to them.

“It is possible that our (LCM) effort may not be enough. But it is in good direction”, he said, thanking the administrators of the homes for the extra mile each must undertake in order to entrench the enviable flow of happiness in the homes; even as he recalled his background, which exposed him to the pains of vulnerable children.

Managing Director Lagos Channel Management, Danny Fuchs

Managing Director Lagos Channel Management, Danny Fuchs

“I don’t want to say more, I only want to thank you for your dedicated efforts; especially because you are going the extra mile, based on your conscience”, he told the beneficiaries, while explaining to them, the nature of job that the Lagos Channel Management performs.

“Our job, our major responsibility is to dredge the channels in Lagos and ensure that the ships continue to enjoy the peace of safer navigation.

“Whatever you are doing, I commend you to just ensure you do it with clean conscience. It is not the very amount we spend on this project that matters; it is the attitude that matters; and the possible encouragement that we might engender, towards encouraging others to also pay worthy attention to the most vulnerable class.”

One of the beneficiaries, Tunji Adebayo Home with LCM image maker, Prince Falade Oyekan, at the LCM corporate head office, Lagos,today.

One of the beneficiaries, Tunji Adebayo Home with LCM image maker, Prince Falade Oyekan, at the LCM corporate head office, Lagos,today.

Mrs. Silifat Giwa, a social welfare officer, Lagos State Ministry of Social Development and head of the Lagos State Children Centre, catering for the under privilege children rescued from the street, as well as children who were emotionally or sexually abused thanked the LCM, even as indicated a need by the Centre for a bus.

“Our job is to restore the Children to what he should be. As of today we have 52 children”, she explained, thanking the LCM management for a gesture which she noted was a pat on the back of the Lagos State Government.

Similarly, Mrs Sadiat Sabiu of the Special Correctional Centre for Girls, Idi-Araba, Lagos also thanked the LCM management, noting that the Correctional home with 71 girls, caters for children from age 10-17years.

“We try to re-unite children to their parents where they can be found. And where they cannot be found, we manage them.

“Almost all our children go to school, but some of them can’t speak English language. We send some of them to our own school, while others are sent to government approved schools.”

“Those who passed through our schools will go to government schools. But those who come in form JSS2, would normally go to private schools. Some of the children with us are form Togo and Benin Republic.

“There is strict supervision. We have our buses which take these children to school and bring them back”, she explained further.

Alhaji Hassan of Bab -es- Salam of GRA, Ikeja Lagos said their home had even produced graduates from the University of Lagos and Ilorin, adding that they refrained from founding schools, so as to enable the children mingle freely, with their colleagues from other homes.

Their stories was not different from those of the Bola Mofo Zion, as well as the Tunji Adebayo Motherless Babies Home.

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WAIVER CESSATION: Igbokwe urges NIMASA to evolve stronger collaboration with Ships owners

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…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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Breaking News: The Funeral Rites of Matriarch C. Ogbeifun is Live

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The Burial Ceremony of Engr. Greg Ogbeifun’s mother is live. Watch on the website: www.maritimefirstnewspaper.com and on Youtube: Maritimefirst Newspaper.

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Wind Farm Vessel Collision Leaves 15 Injured

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…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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