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Transporters Decry Bad Roads In Lagos Ports

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Some transporters
have decried the deplorable state of roads in Lagos Ports.
The operators, mostly truck owners, who made the condemnation in separate interviews in Lagos, said that the roads needed rehabilitation to save cargo-laden trucks from falling.
The Chief Executive Officer of Summit Haulage, Mr Augustine Ejidike, said that the nature of the roads was causing hardship for transporters and their clients.
Ejidike said that both the transporters and their clients faced shortages and delays in service delivery, whenever there was a collapse of cargo.
“We are constantly contending with bad roads in the ports on daily basis with so many of our cargo-laden trucks failing.
“The road from the Tin-Can 2nd Gate to Sunrise bus stop is a death trap that calls for an emergency action from the Federal Government.
“From the Airways axis through Eleganza round about is full of dangerous pot holes that can fall trucks. All these are contributing to the constant logjam on the roads,’’ Ejidike said.
The Transport Manager of Eagle Haulage, Mr Samson Okwuosa, said that the ports, where the bulk of the revenue was being generated, ought to be given prompt attention.
“We are talking of ways to decongest the roads but should any truck break down, the ripple effect will be much on the road users.
“These are roads that were rehabilitated barely two years ago. It is expected that such roads will serve some years but the reverse is the case,’’ Okwuosa said.
A transport contractor, Miss Angela Stevens and Mr Ben Madubuko of Square Logistics were of the view that the nature of the roads was contributing to the high cost of haulage of goods.
Stevens said that truck owners took into consideration the wear and tear of vehicles plying the roads in fixing haulage prices.
Madubuko called for a proper survey of the roads, adding that the contract should be given to competent firms that would execute a better job.

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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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