Volume of imported vehicles drops 27% to 55,963 units in third quarter 2018

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The volume of imported new and used vehicles dropped by 27 percent in the third quarter of last year, on year-on-year basis, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) 2018 third quarter operational performance report, has revealed.

The volume dropped from 76,626 units recorded in third quarter of 2017 to 55,963 units brought into the country in third quarter of 2018, the report said.

The report, which was obtained by SHIPS & PORTS, revealed that operational activities in the nation’s seaport recorded a significant drop in the quarter under review as the number of vessels that called at the ports dropped by 7.3 percent to 969 when compared to 1,045 recorded in the corresponding period of 2017.

It further stated that the gross registered tonnage of vessels completed stood at 31,747,589, representing a drop of 7 percent over the corresponding period of 2017.

In terms of containerised imports, the report, puts container throughput at 368, 976 TEUs, showing a drop of 9.9 percent from 409,454 Twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs)

However, despite the decrease in ship traffic, the port recorded a marginal increase of 0.5 percent in cargo throughput with 18,336,786 metric tons over the 18,257,730 metric tons handled in the third quarter of 2017. The increase, according to the NPA report, was due to increase in service boat operations.

A breakdown of the cargo throughput within the review period showed that Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) shipment stood at 5,574,845 metric tons, a slight increase of 0.4 percent over 5,551,151 metric tons recorded in the corresponding period of 2017.

General cargo recorded stood at 2,113,578 metric tons, an increase of 43.3 percent over the 1,474,669 metric tons handled in the third quarter of 2017.

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Rivers ports are now safe, busy – Port Manager

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Seaports in Rivers State are now safe and busy, the Port Harcourt port manager, Abubakar Garuba Umar, has declared.
Umar, who assumed office in 2016, made the declaration when the Energy and Maritimes Reporters (EMR) corp paid him a visit in the Port Harcourt port complex. The port manager said complaints before then were that the ports were unsafe and full of danger and that nothing much was happening there.

On how the turnaround took place, Umar said upon resumption,his team embarked on sensitisation drive to importers in the region on the need to route their goods through the Port Harcourt port. “We created awareness on the viability of the Rivers port and we allayed their fears about insecurity and other matters.”

He said the stakeholders bought the idea. ”Now, the Port Harcourt port is busy and viable. Most of our berths are now occupied. Containers now come because two shipping lines now come to Port Harcourt and one more is about to join.

He revealed how the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) worked to decongest the port road (Barbour Road) which was rehabilitated by the Rivers State government in 2016. “Road congestion, which was a fact of the Harbour Road, is no more so. This is because we took proactive measures to keep that in check. We now insist that our road be free. We say, do not use port road for parking.”

Umar said insecurity was a big source of fear in the past, but that it is not anymore. “From 2017, Rivers ports operate on Step 1 security grade, not step 2 anymore.”

Responding to issues raised by the EMR leadership, Umar said the appeal for timely information to the media was a welcome one. He reminded journalists that there are listed bodies … Read More...

Maritime tourism can grow Nigeria’s economy – Peterside

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Dakuku Peterside, director-general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), has called for the development of coastal and maritime tourism in Nigeria especially coastal states.

According to him, harnessing the maritime sector can contribute greatly to the development of the economy.

Peterside made this statement while receiving an award at the second edition of the National Tourism and Transport Summit held in Abuja, with the theme, “Tourism and Transportation Inter-dependencies for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development.”

He charged stakeholders and investors to tap into the huge opportunities in maritime tourism, which is a crucial part of the Blue Economy. He also assured potential investors that NIMASA would help to create an enabling environment for their businesses to thrive.

He however urged coastal states to follow the example of Lagos in making conscious efforts to harnessing their maritime potential.

Peterside, who was represented by Bashir Jamoh, executive director, Finance and Administration, said with Nigeria’s maritime endowments, maritime tourism could be a major revenue earner and huge contributor to the government’s economic diversification agenda.

“While the tourism potential in other aspects of the economy are being maximised to a reasonable extent, the potential of coastal and maritime tourism in Nigeria remains grossly under-tapped,” he stated.

“It is the only Lagos state that has shown substantial commitment towards developing maritime tourism as a critical pillar of its economic development.”

According to him, with a coastline of about 852 kilometres and inland waterways of over 8, 000 kilometres, Nigeria has the natural habitat to grow its maritime tourism to be one of the biggest in the sub-region.

The Institute of Tourism Professionals (ITP), organisers of the National Tourism and Transport Summit, said they presented the award of Outstanding Maritime Regulator of the Year (Sea and Offshore) to … Read More...

NIMASA commences process to end gas emission on vessels

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As part of efforts to end green-house gas emissions from vessels, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) on May 10 had an inaugural installation of a fuel consumption data collection device known as the Thorium-X tablet, on board a Nigerian-flagged fuel tanker vessel, named MT KINGIS.

The pilot project came as fallout of the Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre (MTCC) conference held in Kenya in March, aimed at reducing fuel consumption by vessels. It was also targeted at developing countries, and Nigeria was made a priority and nominated for the pilot project.

Speaking at the ceremony, Dakuku Peterside, director-general of NIMASA, reiterated the Agency’s commitment to global best practices in the execution of its mandate of regulating the maritime industry.

Peterside, who was represented by Felicia Mogo, head of the Marine Environment Management Unit at NIMASA, said the agency is ensuring that Nigeria keep to global best practices with a commendable track record in administration and regulation in the maritime sector.

“NIMASA was chosen to lead the project in Nigeria, being the chosen country in the West and Central Africa region.  This pilot project will last a year but the data will be reported to the Kenyan portal, then it goes to the IMO global portal after every voyage,” he said.

“Reports will be collated and sent after a three-month period. The findings and analysis are then recorded and reported at the end of the year to inform the country the amount of fuel being consumed annually on each voyage and how much GHG is being emitted,” he added.
The launch of the fuel consumption data collection device is in line with the decision of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to reduce fuel consumption by vessels as well as Green House Gases (GHG) and
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NIMASA grows Nigerian-owned Cabotage vessels by 33% to 125 in 2018

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Following its zero tolerance on granting manning waivers, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) increased the number of vessels owned by Nigerians by 33 percent between January-June 2018, says NIMASA 2018 half year report.

The number of vessels registered by the agency to fly the Nigerian flag rose to 125 from the 94 vessels registered in 2017, according to the report.

According to the half-year report released by the agency, which was sighted by BusinessDay, vessels manned by Nigerians within the period under review also increased as a total of 2,840 Nigerian officers and ratings were recommended to be placed on-board Cabotage vessels in 2018.

This represents a 58 percent increase as against 1,789 Nigerian seafarers recommended by the agency to be placed on-board Cabotage vessels in the same period in 2017.

With this, there seems to be an increase in indigenous participation on Cabotage vessels manning, ownership building and registration, and NIMASA attributed this gradual growth to zero tolerance on granting manning waivers.

Also, within the period under review, the agency also introduced electronic software for vessels monitoring and investigation especially monitoring vessels on Nigerian territorial waters.

Commenting, Dakuku Peterside, director-general of NIMASA, said the agency had been able to improve interface with the Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) leading to a harmonised marine vessel categorisation standards to deliver a common database. “We have increased Port State and Flag State inspections leading to significant reduction of sub-standard vessels on our waters,” he said.

“In the past two years, we have increased the number of vessels surveyed to ensure compliance to Flag State or Port State vessels. There has been tremendous increase, which has more than doubled, compared to what used to happen in the past,” said Peterside in a recent

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