- Nigerian Ports Handled 96.6 Million MT Cargo in H1
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency has declared that between January and June, total cargo throughput was 96,626,737.96 metric tonnes, representing an increase of 31.24 per cent from 73,628,546.62MT recorded in the corresponding period of 2017.
The Director General, NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside, made this declaration in Lagos on Wednesday during an interactive session with the media.
Peterside attributed the increase to freight rates benchmark which was reviewed for three per cent levy billing to reflect prevailing realities in shipping, based on the request of operators.
He added that the new benchmark had succeeded in fostering harmonious regulator-operator relationship and brought about positive trends in the industry leading to more patronage.
The NIMASA DG who was giving account of the activities of the agency in the past six months said that it had started actualising its mandate by putting together a Strategic Implementation Plan in alignment with the programme of the Federal Government, aimed at putting the agency on a path of sustainable growth to impact the maritime industry as well as promote and ensure overall development of the sector.
Peterside explained that during the period under review, there was an increase in indigenous participation in Cabotage vessels manning, ownership building and registration as a result of zero tolerance on granting waivers.
He added, “We have also witnessed an increase in total number of wholly Nigerian-owned vessels on the Nigerian Cabotagae register. Half year result shows 125 vessels were registered representing a 33 per cent increase when compared with the 94 registered in the corresponding period of 2017.
He said the number of Nigerian seafarers placed on board vessels from January to June was 2337 representing a 58.9 per cent increase in the number of employed seafarers.
A total of 2,840 Nigerian officers and ratings were recommended to be placed on board Cabotage vessels in 2018 as against 1,789 in the same period in 2017, representing an increase of 58 per cent, Peterside noted.
Also, 150 cadets have commenced their on-board sea time training in the first phase of the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme, in addition to 89 cadets who are currently on board training vessels facilitated by the South Tyneside College, United Kingdom, making a total of 239 cadets in the first phase of the programme.
Under the agency’s Survey, Inspection and Certification Transformation programme, Certificate of Competency examinations were conducted at the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, leading to the issuance of different categories of CoCs to successful candidates, he said.
“In 2017 alone, NIMASA issued 3,752 certificates to successful seafarers representing a 149 per increase from the CoCs issued in 2016,” he stated.
He listed other improvements recorded in the sector to include reduction of transaction time from 72 hours to 12 hours for dry cargo/RORO and manifest to six hours for wet/gas and bulk homogenous dry cargo.
Others are the development of a software that issues Ship Identification Number at the manifest desk to prevent double entry and double billing; and improved communication with stakeholders through dedicated electronic channel.
On the surveillance and patrol of the maritime domain, Peterside said that the fast intervention security vessels the agency leased under the maritime security strategy project were making impact.
He said, Port State inspections rose by 10.53 per cent in 2017 up from 475 in 2016 to 525 in 2017.
“Flag State inspections are also experiencing upswing from 77 in 2016 to 98 in 2017, a 27 per cent increase,” he added.
He said that the agency had been able to establish a satellite surveillance control and command centre that has a coverage of up to 312 nautical miles from coast, adding that the system can detect vessels with AIS transponders switched off as a synthetic aperture raider.
The agency secured the reactivation of the maritime domain awareness capability and this has enabled effective enforcement of regulations, he said, adding, “Our surveillance system enables us to ensure the preservation of Cabotage trade for indigenous operators by identifying and differentiating ship-to-ship operations that take place at the secured anchorage and the offshore locations to avoid foreign domination in the Cabotage trade under the guise of STS.”
NIMASA according to him has continued the clamour for a change of terms of trade from Free on Board to Cost Insurance and Freight for the affreightment of Nigerian crude oil cargo.
Meanwhile, NIMASA has disclosed that it was planning to outsource the management of its modular floating dockyard to private individuals.
A floating dockyard is an equipment or platform that can be towed to a particular location, to allow a vessel to be floated in and drained to rest on a dry platform.
Peterside said that the dockyard would be located at a Naval facility in Lagos owing to the initial challenge of trying to locate it in the Niger Delta region.
The agency took delivery of the multi-million dollar floating dockyard from Europe in June.
Transcorp Hotels Expand into Marketplace, Launches Aura to Connect People, Hoteliers, Others
Transcorp Hotels Plc, on Thursday, announced it has launched a new digital platform, Aura, through which people can book accommodation, restaurants and experiences.
Aura, Transcorp’s first in the alternative accommodation segment, is part of the company’s asset-light model, leveraging technology to deliver true hospitality, exciting experiences, and drive shareholder value.
“It’s a new dawn in the hospitality industry! I am thrilled to introduce you to Aura by Transcorp, the digital platform we are using to connect people to quality accommodation, great food, and awesome experiences,” Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Transcorp Hotels Plc. Dupe Olusola said.
“For more than 30 years, Transcorp Hotels Plc has been at the forefront of creating a superior guest experience at our locations. Today, our commitment to innovation has offered us an opportunity to extend this beyond the hotel premises,” Olusola added.
The launch of Aura by Transcorp is one of the most significant developments in the company’s history as it seeks to transform the travel and tourism industry in Africa by focusing on three important components of travel, whether for leisure or business — where you stay, what you eat and how you spend your time. With its people-driven hospitality model, Aura is set to revolutionise travel and help remind Africans of our deep history of hospitality.
Speaking on the launch of Aura, Obong Idiong, Chief Executive Officer at Africa Prudential Plc, Aura’s technology partners, expressed his excitement. “Finding the right accommodation when you travel can be incredibly complex. Options available for the right prices are often limited, and travellers sometimes end up with accommodation that taints the travel experience. Transcorp Hotels Plc has been able to fix that with Aura and we are proud to be associated with them.”
“To ensure topnotch user experience, we built a solution to drive digital transformation through the adoption of shared living spaces for the Aura business. With an advanced search algorithm powered by artificial intelligence, Aura determines the relevance of locations taking into consideration, the customers’ preferences and requirements to meet them at the point of their needs,” Idiong added.
Priscilla Adeboye, a travel enthusiast and early adopter of Aura, said the global pandemic has pushed international travel down her list. “But I still want to be able to take some time off work or spend a weekend away from home with the family. I have found incredible homes on Aura that meet my need for space and privacy.”
Siemens Energy Nigeria Appoints Seun Suleiman as Managing Director
Seun Suleiman is the New Managing Director of Siemens Energy Nigeria
Mr. Seun Suleiman is the new managing director of Siemens Energy Nigeria, the company announced on Wednesday.
According to the statement released by the energy company, Suleiman will be responsible for the entire management of operations and decisions on business policies and corporate strategy.
Commenting on his appointment, Suleiman said, “It is an absolute honor to lead the business for Siemens Energy Nigeria and I look forward to delivering on the brand’s promise of excellence.”
Suleiman joined Siemens Energy in 2014, bringing over 15 years’ experience and deep expertise in the private sector across Europe and West Africa.
The statement said, “He is an accomplished business strategist and success-driven leader with strong business acumen. Suleiman has also been a core member of the executive management team at Siemens Energy serving in roles as Sales Director West Africa – Service Distributed Generation Oil & Gas and Vice President Service & Digital.
“Prior to this, he also held various functional and managerial positions with ABB Ltd UK, ABBNG Nigeria, Schneider Electric Nigeria and Dresser-Rand Nigeria Ltd.”
It added that Suleiman was experienced in establishing operational excellence with specific competence in the power, oil and gas sectors.
FG Reopens Osubi Airport Warri for Daylight Operations
FG Reopens Osubi Airport Warri for Daylight Operations
The Federal Government on Monday said the Osubi Airport in Warri has been reopened for daylight operations.
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Siriki, disclosed this in a tweet.
The airport was closed in February 2020 over mismanagement and debt allegation involving aviation service providers and airport management.
However, Oberuakpefe Afe, a lawmaker representing Okpe/Sapeie/vaie federal constituency, recently moved a motion for the Federal Government through the ministry of aviation and relevant authorities to reopen the airport for flight operations.
On Monday, Hadi Siriki said “I have just approved the reopening of Osubi Airport Warri, for daylight operations in VFR conditions, subject to all procedures, practices and protocols, including COVID-19, strictly being observed. There will not be need for local approvals henceforth.”
I have just approved the reopening of Osubi Airport Warri, for daylight operations in VFR conditions, subject to all procedures, practices and protocols, including COVID-19, strictly being observed. There will not be need for local approvals henceforth. 🇳🇬🙏🏽🇳🇬
— Hadi Sirika (@hadisirika) March 1, 2021
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