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NIMASA Vows To Eliminate Maritime Crimes

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The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, (NIMASA), has vowed to eliminate all forms of maritime crimes from the nation’s territorial waters.
Director General, NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, made the promise while receiving a special mission aircraft at the Nigerian Air Force Base, Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, recently.
Accompanied by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, Jamoh said the new aircraft would further improve security in Nigerian waters.
A special mission aircraft was received in Lagos last Wednesday, in the final phase of the delivery and installation of assets under the deep blue project designed to secure Nigerian waters up to the Gulf of Guinea.
The NIMASA boss said the deployment of the deep blue project assets would reduce the rate of attacks in the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), explaining that the goal is to eliminate maritime crimes.
“There has been a drastic decrease in the rate of security breaches in our waters in recent times. This is a clear indication that we are getting it right with the deep blue project”
“We ultimately aim to completely eradicate security hindrances to shipping and business generally in the Nigerian maritime domain”, he said.
He explained further that the integrated national security and waterways protection infrastructure, also known as the deep blue project, was designed with three categories of platforms to tackle maritime security issues on land, sea and air.
The land assets, according to Jamoh, comprise the command, control, communication, computer, and Intelligence Centre (C4i) for intelligence gathering and data collection; 16 armoured vehicles for coastal patrol, and about 600 specially trained troops for interdiction, known as maritime security unit.
The air assets include two special mission aircrafts for surveillance of the EEZ, one of which was received last Wednesday, with the second one expected to arrive tomorrow, as well as three special mission helicopters for search and rescue; and four unmanned aerial vehicles.
The statement added that Jamoh had earlier inspected three special mission helicopters at the Naval Base, Apapa, under the project and is billed for launch on May 21.
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MWUN  Hails Terminal Operators Over CBA Implementation 

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Following the clampdown of APM Terminal by Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) over poor remuneration, the Union has commended terminal operators for implementing the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) it signed with the union last year.
The agreement was signed between the Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN) and MWUN to improve the welfare of dockworkers and ensure sustained industrial harmony.
President of MWUN, AdewaleAdeyanju, said the implementation of the CBA has been encouraging following substantial compliance by terminal operators.
“The implementation of the NJIC agreement so far has been encouraging. I can say we have gotten 80 percent implementation.
“The Dockworkers know their do’s and don’ts on the NJIC and the areas we are having challenges is being handled internally in conjunction with the stakeholders.
“If the workers are not well paid, you would see it in their faces and with the NJIC that came into place, I don’t think we have any problem,” he said.
Adeyanju also decried the worsening Apapa gridlock, stressing that a permanent solution to the gridlock would be the establishment of holding bay facilities for trucks.
“The Presidential Task team cannot do beyond what they are doing on the gridlock. We should rather blame the shipping companies that are moving their empty containers into the terminal.
“If you don’t have anything doing in the port, why are you bringing your empty containers to litter the roads? They are using our roads as garage where they park and stack containers.
“So, we should apportion the blame to some of the shipping companies too, because their empty containers should be stacked somewhere else, not inside the port.
“The issue of holding bays should be discussed by the Federal Government and with the terminal operators. I know there are efficient terminal operators who know their onions,” he stated.
Noting that the issues that led to the MWUN strike have been resolved, Adeyanju said APM Terminals Apapa and the union have resolved issues on the CBA. He urged workers to resume operational activities at the terminal immediately.
Recall that MWUN embarked on a two days warning strike over poor remuneration by APM terminals on Nigerian  Dockworkers at itApapa  facilities.

By: Chinedu Wosu

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Eight Ships With AGO, PMS, Others Expected At Eastern Ports, Today 

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Eight Sea going vessels  laden with AGO,  Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), and other cargos are expected to berth at different terminals today at  Eastern Ports to discharge cargoes.
The manifest of the ships and cargoes was contained in the Weekly Shipping Position Magazine published by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and made available to The Tide in Port Harcourt.
The Authority said the  ships are expected to arrive at Rivers Port Complex, and Calabar Port with the Commodities.
According to the publication, the ships are laden with AGO, PMS, Bulk Wheat and Steel Pipes.
It gave the names of the Vessels for Rivers Port Complex as Grand Dionysus, MT Creamiera, Matrix Ilu and Kowe.
Other ships due for the Ports includes, Keonamex Victory, Kmarin Melbourne, MT. Picton and Rising Sun.
Names of he shipping agents contained in the manifest are Alraine, Amco, Peak Shipping and Tera Shipping Limited.
Others are Allison Shipping, Tiger Shipping Company, and Katrim Shipping.
NPA noted that the arrival of the vessels and cargos would make AGO, PMS, Steel pipes and others available to the end users and improve  trade and commerce in the region and beyond.

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Pirates Cart Away N.1m Loot From Traders

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A five-man gang  of suspected sea pirates attacked  traders and fishermen along Akwakpa, Uruan Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State and carted away over N.1 million from them.
The pirates, who shot sporadically to scare away intruders, also beat up the traders during their mission.
Narrating her ordeal, Mrs Victoria Pius, one of the victims, said the pirates collected about one million naira from her. She said the money was part of a loan.
“They shot in the air severally, beat us mercilessly before collecting our things,” she said.
The stranded woman said the pirates also kidnapped some of the traders on the boat.
Victoria also said the pirates disguised themselves as fishermen to carry out their nefarious activities on unsuspecting traders.
She appealed to the State Police Command to assist and check the incessant attacks on fishermen, traders and women along the waterways.
Earlier, Police in the State said it had rescued 28 fishermen kidnapped by a five man gang in the State.
Commissioner of Police, Olatoye Durosinmi, said the fishermen were rescued through intelligence gathering.
According to him, as soon as he got the report, he drafted marine officers who were able to rescue the victims at the creeks where the gang held them hostage for over eight hours.
“The 28 men and women you see here are the people rescued by the marine police officers.
“They (pirates) seized the boat of the victims and put them where they will not come out.
“These men of the underworld will pretend to be fishermen. We’ve actually caught five of them before and put them in detention. The long arm of the law will soon catch up with all of them.

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