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Navy Urges Seafarers To Navigate With Caution …Charges Sailors On Intel Regulations 

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The Nigeria Navy Ship (NNS) Beecroft has urged seafarers in the nation’s waters to navigate with caution  according to international regulations.
The command said adopting international regulations in sailing would help to prevent collision, while transiting within the nation’s maritime domain.
The Commander, NNS Beecroft, Commodore Malami Haruna, stated this in a statement signed by the spokesperson of Western Naval Command, Commander Edward Yeibo.
On the Capsised trawler Codenamed Olokun XII, Yeibo said the incident was unfortunate.
“Unfortunately, the vessel collided with a merchant vessel, MSC Coruna, leading to the capsize of the fishing trawler, Olokun XII”, he said.
The command said 10 crew members of the vessel were rescued from the sinking fishing trawler along Lagos channel.
The statement added that the rescued crew members were handed over to officials of Bamaly Fishing Company Limited by gallant officers of the service
“Fortunately, NNS Beecroft patrol team was on routine patrol which led to the prompt rescue of 10 crew members from the trawler.
“Thereafter, the rescued crew were handed over to the officials of the company, named Barnaly Fishing Company Limited,” he added.
The command further stressed the commitment of the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Awwal Zubairu-Gambo, to ensuring the security of all seafarers within Nigeria’s maritime space.
It, however,  declined to say if the trawler recorded any death during the mishap.

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Fuel Price Hike: PH, Bonny Passengers May Pay N4,000 Before Christmas

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Following the increase in petrol pump price in Rivers State to N230 per liter, Bonny Maritime Transport Association (BMTA) says passengers travelling to Bonny Island from Port Harcourt may have to pay N4,000 each before Christmas.
The Association said boat operators along Bonny routes are facing difficulties in getting petrol to power their boats to the Island.
BMTA said the petroleum pump price has also forced the prices of spare parts beyond the reach of the poor.
Disclosing this to The In Port Harcourt in a telephone interview, Marine Safety Officer, BMTA, Comrade Kim Dimkpa,  expressed regret that passengers to the Island are passing through difficulties, saying since the petroleum pump price hike, passengers now pay N3,000 to Bonny
He insisted that if the pump price is not checked, the Association would be forced to increase the fair to N4,000 before Christmas.
Dimkpa said in the past when the pump price were N150 per liter, fair to Bonny was N2,000 to ,N2,500 per passenger.
The Safety Officer appealed to relevant government agencies responsible for control of the pump price to come to the aid of the masses in Nigerian by ensuring that the price remains affordable.
“I call on the NNPC, and other relevant agencies for the control of petroleum pump price to assist the masses and reduce the price to N150 per litre to save lives.
“Boat operators, bus drivers and other end users depend daily on the product to survive.
“Our leaders are not helping matters, the masses are dying everyday of economic hardships, the rich are getting richer every day, while the poor masses are dying of hunger and starvation in the midst of plenty”, Dimkpa said.
He appealed to State Governors and other stakeholders in the industry to intervene in reverting to the old pump price of N150 per liter for consumers.

By: Chinedu Wosu

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