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NPA Gives Reasons For Deep Seaports Development

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Following the global trends and increasing shipping activities in the nation’s seaports, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) is embarking on deep seaport development to facilitate activities in the maritime industry.

Giving the reasons on what informed the effort at developing deep seaport, NPA General Manager, Public Affairs, Chief Micheal Ajayi, told newsmen recently that Nigeria as the largest importer and exporter of cargo in the West African sub-region, one of the country’s deep seaports should become a hub for west and Central Africa, noting that Nigeria should also have at least one port that can berth a super panama vessel.

According to him, “we need a deep sea facility that load and off-load finished refined liquid, powder and containerised cargo. Bigger ships move cargo more efficient than smaller vessels, so the economies of scale make it imperative that shippers will buy new bigger vessels and these will have to dock somewhere,” he noted.

On the progress made so far, he said “remarkable progress has been made. Two-deep-seaport in Lekki, Lagos State and Ibaka in Akwa Ibom State are in progress. Already construction work has commenced for Lekki as agreement have been concluded. The first phase has so far gulped 60 million USD. And for Ibaka, very recently, the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Barr. Goodswill Akpabio, handed over the C of O of the land for the proposed Ibaka Deep Seaport,” he added.

He posited that globally the trend in shipping has made the deep seaport a necessity, “shippers are now moving cargoes with bigger vessels that require deep draughts to achieve economies of scale and for any shipping nation to attract a good percentage of World Trade you will need to have deep seaports. For Lekki we are looking at 2015, while Ibaka the date will depend on when actual construction work starts”.

Explaining government’s support toward the project, he said, “without the government we wont be where we are today. The government plays a major role in approving these projects. You will also note that most of these projects require Foreign Direct Investment (FOI) and government has provided the enabling environment to attract these investments”.

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Union Urges NIMASA, RSG To Dredge PH/Bonny Jetty

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The Bonny Maritime Transport Association (BMTA) has called on the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Rivers State Government to dredge the Port Harcourt/Bonny Jetty to enhance marine operations.
The union said the low shore of the river hampers its operations and grounds boats.
The Marine Safety Officer, BMTA, Comrade Kings Don, who made the call, said the low shore of the jetty was not helpful to marine operations.
According to him, drivers and passengers find it difficult to ply the route whenever the tide is low, thus wasting man hours.
“Sometimes, we push the boat to a level it would afloat due to low tide suffered in the jetty. We are appealing to NIMASA and the state government to assist and dredge the jetty for more efficiency”, he pleaded. 
Don described the Port Harcourt/Bonny Jetty as the gateway to Bonny Island and other riverine communities, and called on NIMASA and the state government to intervene and make the marine sector viable in the area. 
He said that the prompt dredging of the jetty would enhance water transportation in the state and improve its revenue generation.
He, however, commended the security agents, especially the Nigerian Navy and the marine police, for rescuing the waterways and creeks from all forms of criminality.
Comrade Don appealed to the security agents to engage in 24-hour patrol of the routes and other channels to save lives and property.

By: Chinedu Wosu

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Boat Mishaps: Ship Owner Blames Absence Of Safety Regulations

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A renowned ship owner in the country, Alhaji Aminu Umar, has decried lack of standardisation and enforcement of safety measures on the nation’s inland waterways by the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA).
He also blamed lack of will to enforce regulations, safety, standard and regulations on overloading, night voyage, rickety and old craft as causes of mishap on the inland waterways.
Alhaji Umar, who is a former president, Nigerian Shipowners Association (NISA), said in Minna, Niger State, recently that enforcement of safety and standard on the nation’s inland waterways was weak.
Reacting to incessant boat mishaps in the country, Umar said, “there is no standard applied on movement of people, as all kinds of boat are being used. It is important that we standardise, because lack of safety and standard will increase accident.
“I think, the task of NIWA is to standardise conditions and procedures on the nation’s waterways”.
He also called for the regulation of movement of badges and passenger boats across the port environment.
“It’s a huge risk allowing badges moving containers around the port area side by side with boats carrying passengers.
“Moving people and containers at the same time is a huge risk, and a safety concern.
“NIWA and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) should see to this and tackle the menace”, he said.

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Another Two Ships Arrive Onne Port, Today

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The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) says two ships laden with cargoes will arrive Onne Port in Rivers State today.
This was contained in its weekly Shipping Position made available to newsmen in Port Harcourt.
The shipping position gave the names of the vessels as UAL Bodewes and SI Osiris, scheduled to berth at the port.
The statement also gave the names of the shipping agents as Interservice Nig Limited and Alraine Shipping.
The ships, according to the statement, were laden with oil well tools/containers and general cargoes.
The ships are expected to berth at the Brawal Federal Light Terminal (FLT) Berth 1B and Brawal FLT Berth 1A in Rivers State. 
The length of the vessels was, however, not indicated in the shipping position.

By: Chinedu Wosu

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