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Press release on the upcoming 6th Nigerian Dredging Summit and Exhibition, Abuja 2012...

The 6th Nigerian Dredging Summit and Exhibition, fixed to hold next month in Abuja will confer long-service honors awards on Westminster Dredging Nigeria Ltd, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Lagos Channel Management etc, for their enduring service to the industry dating back to the pre-independence era.
... the award scheme is to encourage more involvement of big stakeholders in capacity development of younger Nigerian companies and individual small dredge operators; to achieve higher levels of local content in the award of dredging contracts; to raise awareness of policymakers and government officials on the need to avoid project failures like the 2007 Calabar dredging contract.... Read More

Ten years since the start of seaport reforms in Nigeria:
Is NPA workforce still bloated?

The 2001 seaport reform programme which gave birth to port concessionaires as private terminal operators and produced a leaner Nigerian Ports Authority ... Now, with cargo operations taken over by terminal operators, NPA staff in these departments have not been effectively re-assigned. They still report to work daily. They make all the essential motions of discharging responsibilities...the workforce is top heavy: over 22 general managers, more than 50 assistant general managers and a complement of the lower cadre staff ...Read More.

Monitoring pollution In Lagos waters: How LCM keeps the port channels navigable.
Danny Fuchs came to Nigeria a few years ago to run Nigerian Ports Authority’s (NPA) joint venture, Lagos Channel Management – a special purpose vehicle devised to add vim to Nigeria’s quest for a reformed and modernized port industry geared to move with the times. Today, Danny, as everybody calls him, manages to see Nigeria through the eyes of Nigerians...In the first ten months of this year, 3,099 ships called at the Lagos ports - a double-digit percentage increase over the figures for 2010. Next, LCM is targeting 13.5 metres. .....Read more

Federal Govt Queries Ministry of Transport over Calabar Port Dredging Contract.
Two critical projects in the maritime industry have come under the sledgehammer of the Federal Government, which has queried the supervisory Ministry of Transport over its handling of the schemes, reports Nigeria Daily News. The projects are the dredging of the Calabar Port Channel in Cross River State and the concessioning of the Koko Port in Delta State. At the centre of the dredging contracts are two firms, which had earlier abandoned the project but are seeking its upward review from N8 billion to N30 billion...But the government, in baring its fangs on the contract for the dredging of the Calabar Port through the Bureau for Public Procurement (BPP), refused to issue it a certificate of no objection, which implied that it had been cancelled. Read more.

Special focus on five years of years of private terminal concession in Nigerian ports: Ro-Ro port under Fivestar Logistics Ltd management.
The port concession programme began effectively in 2006 after the international competitive bidding which produced the successful terminal operators now holding sway at most Nigerian seaports. Foreign shipping lines like MOL and K line which left the country for neighbouring ports have since returned to Nigerian ports while some new container shipping lines are now calling Nigeria like CSAV, Nile Dutch, UASC. This is another clear signal that change has happened to the international perception of the situation of things at the ports. Read more.

Special focus on five years of years of private terminal concession in Nigerian ports...
"The dredging of the channel to the port is just being carried out recently towards the fifth year anniversary of the concession, this delay in carrying out the dredging has inhibited berthing of some vessels in our terminal that have a depth of 10.5 meters or deeper. In essence income that would have accrued to us have been diverted to other terminals; it also hindered our competitiveness." - Chief Musa Danjuma. 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.

Interview of Capt Jon Jon, Terminal Manager of Fivestar Logistics Terminal Apapa, as part of the special focus on Nigerian seaport reform and port concession.

"Half Of The Shipping Lines Calling Lagos Now Did Not Do So In The Past Due To Reasons Of Insecurity, Berthing And Operational Delays." - Capt Jon Jon. Read More.

5th Nigerian Dredging Summit Calabar 2011: Delegates demand manpower development and a credible association.

In one of the most stirring seminars, Surveyor Geoff Nweke, ex-staff of NPA Calabar, presented the story of the Calabar river dredging campaigns. Speaking to the accompaniment of a Powerpoint presentation, he said that “…Calabar Port is situated on the South Eastern tip of Nigeria but its approaches stretches several kms into the sea. Its exact location on the Calabar River is about 96km upstream from Calabar Fairway Buoy which is a few kms from the Nigeria/Cameroon border..." Read More.

Lagos, Ogun, A’Ibom to Get Four Deep Seaports
As part of the efforts to boost operations in the nation’s seaports, the Federal Government plans the development of green fields with the construction of four deep sea ports. The states where the seaports will be developed include Lagos, which will get two seaports, Akwa Ibom and Ogun. Minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar, who disclosed this in Abuja at a press briefing said that two deep seaports will be built at Lekki and Badagry in Lagos. The other seaport will be constructed at Ondo/Ogun, while the fourth will be at Ibaka in Akwa Ibom state. 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 ...

Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund: Politicians want to me to favour them —NIMASA boss
The Director-General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Mr Patrick Akpobolokemi, has said that politicians have been mounting pressure on his management to favour them in the planned disbursement of the Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF). Disclosing this recently in Lagos, the NIMASA boss said despite the pressure, he has remained resolute because he does not want to be remembered as one who disbursed monies meant for expanding the shipping base of the country to people outside the profession as was the case with the Ship Acquisition and Ship Building Fund (SASBF). According to him, “Politicians see the fund as a bonus and I have resisted all manner of pressure to disburse the funds so far”, Mr Akpobolokemi said. He was trying to explain the reason for delay in disbursing it. Read more.

International Dredging Briefs

Oldest steam dredger at Gloucester Docks to be repaired.
BBC News Online reports that the oldest working stream dredger in Europe is to be repaired after an award of cash from the UK's Heritage Lottery Fund. The Friends of Gloucester Waterways has been given £43,300 to replace boiler tubes on Dredger SND number 4, which is moored at Gloucester Docks. It was built in Holland in 1925, and had been in operation as an attraction at Gloucester Waterways Museum until earlier this year. Spokesman Chris Witts said it would be a "day to celebrate" once mended. 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.



The scorecard on Nigerian seaport reforms

It’s ten years since the Obasanjo’s presidency kick-started the search for better fortunes for Nigeria’s port industry. Once upon a time, the ports were a haven for wharf rats. No more. Ships then spent weeks in port to load and discharge. Stevedores were unruly, practicing the infamous “akube” system, where shipping lines paid for 16-men gangs but get 8 men instead. None could do anything about it for many years. The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) was then a glorified gang-up of port industry warlords. Former transport minister, Chief Ojo Maduekwe, shocked the nation when he exposed bags of money brought to him at night to soft-pedal the wheels of the reforms which started rolling during his tenure. 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.


Upcoming Events

Nigerian Dredging Summit Abuja 2012.

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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.
Cheryns Place, Ikota First Gate, Near VGC, Ajah. Lagos Nigeria
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Dredge Skills and Marine Training Centre Ltd.
Cheryns Place, Ikota First Gate, Near VGC, Ajah.
Lagos Nigeria
Tel.: +234 1 7928166 or 08033378735




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Dredging Today:

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Picture Slide Show of 4th Nigerian Dredging
Summit 2010


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