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Customs Seizes 86 Vehicles In PH, Others

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A total of 86 vehicles
comprising 51 cars, 25 jeeps and 10 trucks have been seized by the Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘C’ of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).
The seizures with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N674,929,278.00 were made in Port Harcourt, Benin, Agbor, Asaba, Owerri, Enugu and Calabar.
The Customs Area Controller of the Owerri, Imo State based unit, Victor Dimka, disclosed this while briefing newsmen on the unit’s half year performance 2014 in Benin, Edo State recently.
Dimka said the unit also seized a truck carrying more than 1,200 cartons of foreign soap as well as another truck loaded with bags of imported rice.
He said that although some of the drivers of the seized vehicles are still at large, but that all efforts are being intensified to track them down to face the full wrath of the law, in line with the renewed efforts of the Nigeria customs services to drastically reduce smuggling to the bearest minimum in the country.
He said some of these seized vehicles were taken as abandoned seizures because their drivers absconded at the point of arrest, promising that they will be fished out through service intelligent network and subject them to the full weight of the law.”
The controller frowned that people are bent on circumventing the new auto mobile policy of the federal government by smuggling in vehicles, adding that most of the smugglers who ran away when their vehicles are being seized would be traced through the information ontheir fake registration papers.
Dimka reiterated that Nigeria Customs Service is better equipped to tackle such challenges today, and that it is instructive that the unit seized such vehicles within the first half of the year.

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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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