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Another Bar Beach Story in the making:
The story of how Alpha Beach in Lagos Nigeria is being gobbled by the Atlantic Ocean. Why is the Atlantic ocean eating up Alpha Beach? Was it caused by three ships blown to grounding by a storm last year as some are saying or is this the adverse effect of sand mining by trailing suction hopper dredgers which have been scooping sand from a location less than 10 miles away from Alpha Beach to reclaim the site for Eko Atlantic City, a new city being promoted by the Lagos State Government and companies allied to the Lebanese businessman, Chagouri Chagouri, as others argue? ...Read More.


The Damen Approach to Deep Sea Mining..

Damen Dredging Equipment has developed an innovative flexible dredging concept which challenges current technical limitations. The new development is the answer to the increasing demand for raw materials while sand winning locations are located further from shore at increased dredging depths. The RoRo Deep Dredge, as the innovative solution is called, can work up to -200 m dredging depth.....Read more


Akwa Ibom Governor, Akpabio, plans Nigeria's truly deep sea port at Ibaka.

A convergence of need, diplomacy and politics is at play in the recent dream of Nigeria to develop a new deep sea port at the oil-rich southern state of Akwa Ibom where the Atlantic Ocean furnishes scores of miles of coastline. If eventually built, it will be the first of its kind in Africa’s largest nation (or the second, depending on the reality of the proposed Lekki Deep Sea port in Lagos). Read more.

Abuja MoU inspects 109 ships as DG NIMASA promises cooperation...
The Abuja MoU on port state control carried out 109 inspections on foreign going vessels which called at Nigerian ports from January to May 2010 and is poised to support member states to achieve the minimum standard inspection rate of 15% per country. Read more.


NPA To Fast-track Trans-shipment; Starts Ship-To-Ship Transfer In selected ports.
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), will henceforth ensure that neighbouring land-locked countries take delivery of their cargo with ease from Nigerian seaports. In another development, NPA has announced that with effect from July this year, ship-to-ship (STS) transfer of petroleum products or any other cargo would only be allowed at designated points along the nation’s waterways. Read more.


Foreign currency import: Nigerian Customs say middleman escaped and importer is abroad.
Efforts by the Tin-can Island Customs Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to apprehend the middle man and the owner of a consignment in which foreign currencies were imported into the country were unsuccessful, the Commands Public Relations Officer, Chris Osunkwo, has said. It would be recalled that Customs Monday intercepted a container containing a total of $110,060.00 (about N15million) and arrested the Customs agent who attempted to clear the consignment in which a bag containing the money was found. The container with number MSKU 966291/0 which was brought in on-board M/V Mearsk Donedin and which was handled by Safmarine shipping line, sailed in from the United States. Read more.


Working With The General:
How Pier Luigi Carrodano's Stint
At Nalcomet Group Paid Off - Part 2.

In our last edition, Mr P. L. Carrodano, the Group Managing Director of the Comet Group of Companies had taken up questions of how the companies were brought into accreditation to the NIS-ISO system which culminated in an award ceremony for six of the companies by the Standards Organisation of Nigerian, SON, in a lavish ceremony at Sheraton Hotel and Towers Abuja, Nigeria. He had also traced his origins of his interest in the Nigerian maritime industry even while he was yet in his native Italy. In this concluding segment of the interview, he takes up his coming to Nigeria for the first time with his wife and the job assignments of those early days right up to the time of joining the enterprises of General T.Y. Danjuma. Read more.


Nigerian Maritime News Headlines ...

Nigerian Customs Services collects N61.2b in May 2011.
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in the month of May collected a total of N61.2 billion, the Comptroller-General of the Service, Dikko Inde Abdullahi (OFR), has said. Dikko also commended nine Customs Area Controllers (CACs) for their contributions to the realization of the achievement. The Customs boss said the record shows a N9 billion increase over the monthly average collected in the four previous months and N1 billion over the projected monthly target of N60 billion. Read more.

International Dredging Briefs

Italdraghe New-Build Dredger Delivered To Southern Italy
Italdraghe has just delivered a new-build SGT 250 cutter suction dredger to the local Town Council of Pollica, in southern Italy. The dredger will be used to remove a variety of different types of solids ranging from very fine sand to pebbles and small stones of up to 160 mm in diameter. Once the initial urgent dredging work involving the removal of 40,000 cubic metres of solids has been completed, the CSD will be used for local beach nourishment and coastal maintenance projects throughout the year. Read more



New Cat® 621H, 623H and 627H Wheel Tractor-Scrapers For High Productivity And Operator Comfort
The new Cat® 621H, 623H and 627H Wheel Tractor-Scrapers are designed to deliver superior productivity and enhanced operator comfort and efficiency through the use of increased power and capacity, new structures, electronic controls and ergonomic design. The new H Series designs change the way wheel tractor-scrapers look, run and ride—and increase their capabilities to move material at the lowest cost per ton. Read more.



Is Alpha Beach another Bar Beach saga in the making?

Alpha Beach in the Lekki peninsula is gradually being wiped out as you read these lines. The culprit is the Atlantic Ocean. In the past few weeks, most of the shanties and shacks that used to serve the hospitality industry are gone; their owners left without their businesses. Most importantly that pristine ecosystem has been taken over by the ocean waters and it is now becoming a nightmare to people who have erected palatial mansions on that waterfront. What will they do? Read more...


Other Articles & Interviews:

Mr Pier Luigi Carrodano on his work with Gen. T Y Danjuma's companies and the Chinese sea trade with Nigeria...NEW

Engr Akin Olaniyan on need for NIMASA to return to original mandate and harnessing cabotage trade...NEW

Dr. Wilson Odafe Omene on Niger Delta politics, amnesty programme, Nigerian maritime and local govt, etc....NEW

Capt Adeyemo on River Niger Dredging...

Prof P.C. Nwilo on his assessment of NIWA during sabbatical ...

Mr Nseyeng Ebong on his 8-year tenure as rector of Maritime Academy of Nigeria Oron...

Chief Dumo Lulu Briggs as chairman of Maritime Academy of Nigeria Oron, his vision...

Engr Muyiwa Omasebi: The face-off Between NIWA, MMSD and Lagos State Govt.

Otunba K Folarin: The Collapse of Nig. shipping lines.

P.L. Carrodano: How govt can revive Nig. shipping lines.

Sam Epia: The struggles of Nig shipping lines with cargo reservation scheme.

Jeff Gibb: Intricacies of the equipment market in Nigeria.

Environmental Quality Monitoring.

Environment: "How many choppers has DPR got?" - Chief Ogunsiji.

Dredging the Niger Delta: Interview of Ben Efekarurhobo

Role of Surveying in the Dredging Industry

G.B Liman: Of Myth, Reality and Resource Control

Dredging Law: A judgment on the ownership of a sand dredging site by the Court of Appeal.

Dredging Law:
a. Lagos State Attorney General Interpretes state law on sand dredging and stockpile.

b. NIWA public notice on Lagos State intervention in inland waterways regulation.


Efficient Dredge Master Training
Train your dredge masters, engineers, electricians and deckhands in relevant skills for efficiency, productivity, equipment safety and maintenance. All trainees are time-tested with written and practical tests. Transcripts and attendance certificates given.
1. Dredge Appreciation / Refresher – knowledge of safety procedures for equipment use:
PPE; Safety operation onboard dredge; Maintenance routine; Checks for optimal production while pumping; working with boosters; splicing and fixing cables, cleaning and painting; Etc. For Dredge crews mainly. Class room lectures and Practical sessions onboard dredge.

2. Firefighting and Protective Measures (including respiratory protection). For Dredge crews, Field and Technical workers. Class room lectures and Practical session at the Fire Bay.

3. Basic sea survival techniques and the use of lifesaving equipment. Class room lectures and Practical sessions at the standard swimming pool with professional gear.
For details of availability, duration, registration, fees and teaching logistics, please contact the organizers:

Dredge Skills and Marine Training Centre Ltd.
E187, Ikota Shopping Complex, VGC, Ajah. Lagos Nigeria
Tel.: +234 1 7928166 or 08033378735


Consultancy / Training :

*Consultancy on Nigerian dredging projects; Management of Dredgers; Marine and Maritime Businesses or Reports...


*Management or partnering on Seminars, Workshops, Conferences, Etc...

*In-house training of dredger crews; Ports and Terminal Workers; Training on Cargo Handling Procedures, Etc...

Dredge Skills & Marine Training Centre Ltd.






PHONE: +234-1-7928166; 08033378735.


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