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THE Federal Government has said it is committed to ensuring safety and security of navigation within Nigeria's territorial waters and her Exclusive Economic Zone.

Minister of Transport, Mallam Idris Umar, made this known at  this year's edition of the annual International Maritime Organization World Maritime Day  with the theme: 100 Years after the Titanic, held in Calabar, Cross River State.

According to him, one of the challenges to safety of navigation is the threat posed by piracy and armed robbery in most territorial waters including Nigeria's.

THE Federal government has been called upon to define the exact role of the Nigerian Police at the seaports following the intermittent stoppage of container laden trucks suspected to contain contraband goods by the Police particularly at Tin Can Island port exit gate.

Making this known in an exclusive interview with National Daily a Freight Forwarder and Managing Director Owelle Ventures Limited, Mr. Kaniku Chuka David said the define role of the Police at the seaports has become necessary most times such containers suspected to contain contraband must have been cleared by officers of Nigeria Custom Service.

As Sifax acquires new cranes

SIFAX Group added another feather to its cap recently as one of its subsidiaries Ports and Cargo Handling Services Limited took delivery of five new Rubber Tyre Gantry [RTG] Cranes worth $7.5million.

Apart from taking delivery of five cargo handlers the company commissioned two habour cranes at its terminal in Tin-Can Island port, Lagos.

Speaking at commissioning ceremony of the cargo handling equipment, Chairman Ports and Cargo Handling Services Limited Major General John NanzipShagaya [rtd] said since the company commenced operation in 2006it has broken grounds by ensuring efficiency in service delivery.

THE Port Manager of Port Harcourt Ports, Mr. L.O. Alabi has said that Nigeria Ports Authority has succeeded in carrying out removal of five (5) critical wrecks along Port Harcourt and Bonny Water Channels.

According to a statement issued by the Chief Port Public Affairs Officer, Mrs. Ejemeh Nchey Achukwu he  said that the wrecks had been a major challenge on the water channels which he said had constituted obstruction for easy vessels movement/access to port areas.

AGAINST the backdrop of the death of Captain Romeo Itima, Coordinator of Global West Vessel Specialists [GWVS]and subsequent arrest of 11 crew members on board MT Ocean Treasure for alleged attack that led to the death of the late Captain, Vital Energy Limited, owners of MT Ocean Treasurehas absolved the 11 crew members of any complicity in the attack.

Managing Director of the company Mr. Tunji Brown who made this known recently in Lagos said that MT Ocean Treasure was chartered to Emee Oil and Gas Limited for a voyage to Akassa in Bayelsa state when it was hijacked by Pirates and forced to load crude oil.

According to him the vessel and crew left Lagos on July 26, this year for ship to ship [STS]trans-shipment at Akassa with legitimate clearance from Nigerian Navy but was during the trip hijacked by Pirates for a ransom of N10million.

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