How the Niger Delta Crisis Spawns Pirate
Attacks on the Waterways
Pirate attacks along Nigeria’s waterways is complicated
by partisan politics and almost an uphill task to checkmate because
of Nigeria’s current fixation with north-south dichotomy and ethnic
preferences. In a related development, the four largest container carriers,
Maersk, CMA CGM, MSC and Hamburg Sud have snubbed the governments of
West Africa in their latest combined statement on anti-piracy efforts
by international jurisdictions. Read more.
NPA Dredging project and services
Early in the new millennium, NPA penned
joint venture agreements with some foreign technical partners for the
management of critical channels into the Nigerian trade, such as Lagos
and Port Harcourt, where special purpose vehicles like Lagos Channel
Management and Bonny Channel Company were floated. These firms have
made it easy for the port industry to cope with the boom of increasing
port traffic. In late 2012, approval in principle has been concretized
for the floating of yet another channel management company, this time,
for the 84-kilometre Calabar port channel. The winner of that bid is
Nigerglobal Marine Ventures Ltd. Read more.
With Nordana Line, Comet Shipping
Increases Agency Portfolio.
When Nordana Line’s vessel, San Pablo,
called at Fivestar Logistics Terminal Lagos and Onne port last month,
it was the vessel’s first port call to Nigeria under Comet Shipping
Agencies which enlarged its business portfolio. On this trip, San Pablo’s
manifest showed that 297 containers, 91 vehicles, and 15 pieces of break
bulk cargo would be discharged while about 400 empty containers would
be loaded. Read more.
O T Africa
Line, Dr Asoma Banda: The Story…
Alhaji Dr. Asoma Banda is the undisputed doyen of African
shipping. By the way he managed the acquisition of O
T Africa Line (OTAL) in 1985 and subsequently sold it to the Bollore
Group in the 1990s just before a crunch, he proved his mettle, made
a lot of money and a reputation that is hard to put down. At the end
of the day, he ate his cake and still has it, for he remains the chairman
of OTAL. Read more.
US Bill introduced
regarding discharge of dredged material
Bryant's Maritime News, which is produced by Bryant's Maritime Consulting,
reports that US Senator Manchin (D-WV) has introduced a bill (S. 830)
to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify and confirm
the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency to deny or restrict
the use of defined areas as disposal sites for the discharge of dredged
or fill material. The newsletter said the official text of the bill
is not yet available. Read more.
PLANTS AND EQUIPMENT DIGEST
us they want technology with function—technology that helps them
improve their productivity and their bottom lines,” says Jim McReynolds,
President, Caterpillar Paving Products. “Our ultimate goal is
to provide customers with solutions that reduce their owning and operating
The State of Nigerian
Dredges: A New Dredge Repair Yard.
Many dredges being
offered by dredge owners for contracts in the Nigerian industry right
now are far from healthy. There are stories of dredges being paid for
and on mobilization to site, they begin to manifest serious problems
of disrepair. For many days or weeks or months, the client cannot have
his milestones met because the dredge is down while efforts are being
made to buy spare parts or to bring experienced mechanics to perform
Describing this ugly situation, Sir Isaac Chuks, CEO of Funq Tai Engineering
Company, summed it up that many “Nigerian dredges work for two
hours and spoil for five hours”. Read
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