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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 needed repairs.

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”. This is an unhealthy situation but the causes and solutions are not hard to find at all. Firstly, the poor maintenance culture in the country is to blame for the origins of this problem. Secondly, many up and coming Nigerian dredging-owning companies still run their enterprises like one-man businesses. The problem is not the concept of one-man business but the fact that many of these dredge owners do not have the full complement of staffing that ensures that their outfits have the benefits of adequate manpower and skills to keep their dredgers well taken care of, on the work site and while laid up awaiting more work.

In this edition, this problem occupies centre stage because it is at the heart of the business for the Nigerian fledgling outfits which seem to have dabbled into the dredging industry because it is lucrative. If they cannot get their acts right, soon they field will be cleared again for dominance by the multinational dredging companies which hardly get afflicted by poor maintenance virus. That would not augur well for the national aspiration for succession planning, encapsulated in the local content law, whereby it is expected that Nigerian firms would grow to take over the field in the fullness of time. It is hoped that by the ventilation of this problem, all hands will be on deck to see that solutions are procured without further delay.

Sir Isaac Chuks dwelt at length on the vexed question of the state of Nigerian dredging equipment in an exclusive interview which he granted the magazine. More importantly, he gave a rare insight into the highly orchestrated River Niger dredging which gulped scores of billions of Naira of tax payers’ money. The jury is still out on the success of that national project.

Relatedly, we bring you the story of Mr Dave Moore, who, with his wife, are establishing a robust dredge repair yard in Warri, a project said to be aiming to open to customers within one year from now. The inspiration came from the parlous state of many Nigerian dredging equipment being offered in the market and the disappointments of many clients over this shoddy business. The repair yard story promises to lift many broken hearts.

In other major news, we have brought you “News in Pictures”; event pictures of Fivestar Logistics Limited which launched a new Liebbher crane for container handling at its terminal in Tin Can Island Port Apapa Lagos; pictures and proceedings of the 6th Nigerian Dredging Summit, Exhibition and Awards; a rare exclusive interview with Alhaji Dr. Asoma Banda, founder of O T Africa Line and, without doubt, a doyen of African shipping; and, how Jeph Kebbi, an engineer and proprietor of Jeph Kebbi International, a respected dredging company operating five dredges in the Niger Delta, deals with the dreaded community issues that challenge oil and gas activities in that part of the country.

 

   

Editorial

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 needed repairs.
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 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
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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.

c. An Extract Of The Law To Provide For The Regulation Of Waterfront Infrastructure Development In Lagos State.

         
 

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4TH NIGERIAN DREDGING SUMMIT REPORTS:
At a Glance!

Dredging Today: http://www.dredgingtoday.com/2010/09/30/nigerian-dredging-summit-exhibition-report/

Maritime Journal: http://www.maritimejournal.com/features/marine-civils/ dredging/nigerian-dredging-summit-addresses-rapid-expansion

Dredging News Online: http://www.sandandgravel.com/news/article.asp ?v1=13651

Picture Slide Show of 4th Nigerian Dredging
Summit 2010

   
       
             
           

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