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THE Minister of Transport Senator Idris Umar has said that Nigeria is prepared shoulder the responsibilities of ensuring actualization of Maritime Development bank for West and Central Africa.
Idris who made this remark during the recent visit of Secretary General Maritime Organization for West and Central Africa [MOWCA] Mr. Alain Michel to his office in Abuja said that he is aware of high expectations of West and Central African Countries for Nigeria to play a leading role towards the establishment of a Maritime Development bank.

LEGISLATION on oil spill should cover all vessels floating platforms, offshore, onshore and oil and gas installations.
This remark was made by former Director General, Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency Mrs. Ufot Usoro at the recently concluded seminar for Judges organized by Nigeria Shippers Council [NSC] in collaboration with National Judicial Commission.
She stated that the legislation has become necessary because economy of the nation rests on oil production from Niger Delta with more than 7,000 kilometers that cris cross the communities and more 5,284 oil wells and crude oil terminals.

THE Tin-Can Island Command of Nigeria Customs Service [NCS] has seized 34 containers either under declared goods or contraband goods and one unpacked vehicle between the month of January and May this year.

Containers seized range from 22 Forty Footer containers and 12 Twenty Footer containers with Duty Paid Value [DPV] of N149,008,800.00.

According to a statement made available to National Daily by the Public Relations Officer Mr. Osunkwo the Command also generated N 8, 180, 533, 573.00 within the period under review.

THE pact entered into between Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency and Global Systems Specialists Nigeria Limited may have started yielding fruitful results as a Merchant Tanker vessel MT Floris allegedly loaded with 2,000 liters of cargo suspected to be suspected to be Automotive Gas Oil [AGO] known as diesel was arrested and detained in Lagos.
Sources hinted that the vessel allegedly belongs to Towal Dreams Marine Limited, a subsidiary of Towal Dreams Marine Limited based in Florida, United States of America.

ONE of the fastest growing companies in maritime sector ,SIFAX Group recently  announced its intention to open a bonded terminal and warehouse in Lagos.

The bonded terminal and warehouse which has capacity for 1,800 TEUs will when operational reduce the problem of port congestion at Tin Can Island .

According to a statement signed by Group Head Marketing and Corporate Affairs of the company Mr. Oliver Omajuwa, the terminal will be under the Tin-Can Island of the Nigeria Customs Service.

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