37 ships carrying various products expected at Lagos ports

By Thompson ABISOLA The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) says it is expecting 36 ships to bring in petroleum products, food and other goods from Dec. 10 to Dec. 29, at Apapa and Tin Can Island Ports. The  six of the 37 ships will sail in with petrol. The other 31 ships are carrying buckwheat, general cargo, ethanol, aviation fuel, steel, diesel, sugar, butane gas, frozen fish and containers carrying different goods. According to the NPA, 14 ships have arrived the ports and are waiting to berth with bulk fertiliser, diesel…

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Largest container shipper, Maersk, aims to be CO2 neutral by 2050

By Giwa SHILE Maersk, the world’s biggest container shipper, aims to be carbon neutral by 2050, in a challenge to the rest of the world’s fossil fuel-dependent fleet. Denmark’s Maersk said on Wednesday that it aimed to have carbon neutral vessels commercially viable by 2030 by using energy sources such as biofuels. It would cut its net carbon emissions to zero by 2050. The shipping industry, which carries around 80 per cent of global trade, accounts for 2.2 per cent of CO2 emissions, according to the UN’s International Maritime Organisation…

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Nigeria losses $9.1bn freight revenue to foreign ships yearly — council boss

By Thompson ABISOLA The Executive Secretary, Nigeria Shippers Council (NSC),  Mr Hassan Bello, on Sunday said the country was losing $9.1billion yearly on freight revenue that would have accrued to its treasury, He said the amount was being lost to foreign ships. Bello, who spoke on the feasibility of the proposed National Carrier, said in Lagos  that foreign shipping lines were milking the country dry. “We need to have national carrier because of the profound economic impact it will have on our economy. We have lost so much in terms…

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Maintenance of port access roads should be a priority- truck owners

By Giwa SHILE The President of Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO) Chief Remi Ogungbemi, has called on the Federal and Lagos State Governments to make the maintenance of the ports roads a priority. Ogungbemi, while evaluating the operational costs of business in Apapa, said on Friday in Lagos that, the maintenance of the roads should be a priority. The AMATO president said that the economic importance of the roads ought not be jettisoned as the bad condition of the roads was impacting negatively on the port users. “Going to…

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18 ships arrive Lagos ports with petrol, other products

By Giwa SHILE Eighteen ships carrying various products, including petrol, are at Apapa and Tin-Can Island ports in Lagos, waiting to berth, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has said. It stated this in its daily publications on activities in the ports, on Tuesday in Lagos. The NPA said that 12 of the vessels were laden with petrol, while the remaining six would berth with general cargo, kerosene and bulk fertiliser. It also stated that 30 ships carrying buckwheat, frozen fish, container, buckwheat, general cargo, bulk gypsum, ethanol, bulk fertiliser, aviation fuel and…

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Again, Customs intercept 13 containers of Tramadol at Tin-Can port

By Giwa SHILE Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Friday said it intercepted another 13 containers of Tramadol, a banned addictive substance, and other items at Tin-Can Island Port in Lagos. The Comptroller-General of Customs, Retired Col. Hameed Ali, told journalists in Lagos the seizure had a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N3,13 billion. The Friday’s seizure came barely 24 hours after the customs said it impounded 40 containers with Tramadol with Duty Paid Value of N7.3 billion at Apapa port. According to him, 10 of the 40ft containers contained tramadol,…

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Why tank farms in Apapa Wharf Area should be relocated- Maritime expert

By Aliyu DANLADI A Maritime Expert, Mr Peter Obi, says relocating the tank farms from Apapa Wharf area, Lagos state will stop the perennial traffic congestion in the state. Obi, who doubles as a member of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding Nigeria (CRFFN) made the suggestion in Lagos on Fridays There are 15 tank farms owned by different companies in the Apapa wharf area. He said that the tank farms contributed to the heavy gridlock on the Apapa Oshodi expressway and spilled to almost all parts of…

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World’s biggest shipper warns trade war hit container shipping

By Aliyu DANLADI Danish shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk beat third-quarter operating profit forecasts on Wednesday, but said a trade war between the U.S. and China had hit demand for container shipping. Maersk, the world’s biggest container shipper, said the effect of trade tensions could reduce global container trade between 0.5 and 2 per cent during 2019 and 2020. It said volume growth in container shipping, excluding those from Hamburg Sud, was lower than expected and unexpectedly fell by 1.9 per cent from the previous quarter. The company narrowed its expectation…

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Commuters in Port Harcourt decry lack of safety kits in speed boats

By Olamilekan FAWAS Some commuters travelling through the Eagle Island/Mgbuodohia water route in Port Harcourt, have raised alarm over the absence of safety kits in speed boats. This was the prominent complaint of most commuters who responded to a survey in the area on Tuesday. The commuters expressed worries that speed boat operators plying the route were less concerned about their safety and that of their passengers. Chief Sunday Ajoku, a trader residing in Mgbuodohia, urged the boat drivers to provide safety kits in their boats, especially during festive periods.…

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FG restates commitment to revamp Onitsha Inland Port

By Aliyu DANLADI The Federal Government has restated its commitment towards ensuring that the Onitsha Inland Waterways and others across the country are viable and functional. The Managing Director of National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Sen. Adeleke Mamora, gave the assurance on Monday during a facility tour of the Onitsha Inland Port. Mamora, who described the NIWA Onitsha as “an economically significant area office”, said the Federal Government was determined more than ever to commence operation at the Onitsha River Port. He expressed concern over the level of decay at…

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