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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Nigeria News


U.S. Coast Guard Backs NIMASA Security Efforts

The United States Coast Guard has declared that the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is on the right path to the successful implementation of the International Ships and Ports Facility Security (ISPS) Code in Nigeria. The leader of the U.S. Coast Guard team to Nigeria, Tivo Romero made this declaration at a meeting with members of the ISPS Code Implementation Committee in Nigeria on Friday in Lagos during a visit to NIMASA, the Designated Authority for ISPS Code implementation in Nigeria.


NLNG Eyes $1.5 bln Debut Shipyard in Nigeria

Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Company (NLNG) is sponsoring the construction of the first major ship yard in Africa's biggest economy at the cost of $1.5 billion, in its attempt to turn the country into a hub for maritime operations on the continent. Nigeria is the world's eighth biggest crude producer and Africa's top oil exporter but it does not have a drydock for maintaining and repairing large crude vessels, a major drawback for carriers sailing to the country, NLNG spokesman Tony Okonedo told Reuters.

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Proserv Appoints Country Manager in Nigeria

International energy technology services company Proserv has reinforced its expanding global reach by appointing a country manager in one of West Africa's emerging provinces. Olu Phillips takes up the post in Nigeria where Proserv has experienced rapid growth in demand for its integrated services and specialist technology. Olu, who has experience in the African and international marketplace, will be responsible for overseeing the company's operations in the region. Olu was previously chief financial officer (CFO) for oil and gas services company…

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Nigeria: What are the Implications for Tanker Demand?

Nigeria’s crude oil production and exports have been hit by severe outages as a result of attacks on oil infrastructure by rebel fighters in the Niger River Delta. Various sources report that Qua Iboe Terminal has shut down operations until further notice. All tanks on the facility were emptied of crude, operations have ceased completely and all personnel have been evacuated from the terminal, which is operated by ExxonMobil. Qua Iboe is Nigeria’s largest crude oil stream and exports usually more than 300,000 barrels per day (b/d).

U.S. Thumps the Table on Nigerian Ship Security

The United States of America government has issued a 90-day ultimatum to Nigeria to improve security in its ports and waterways or face a ban on ships from entering the country. At the opening of a two day General Stakeholders Conference on "Reviving ISPS Code Implementation in Nigeria, Mr. Olugbenga Leke Oyewole, Senior Special Assistant  to the President on Maritime Services, told the Lagos conference that due to measures that were introduced after the September 2011 incident in United States, Nigeria cannot be exonerated  from the activities of terrorists, reports 'WorldStage'.

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Jee Ltd UpdatesTraining Courses

Jee Ltd, a U.K.-based independent multi-discipline engineering and training firm, has launched a series of initiatives to update its training courses through geographical expansion and technological innovation. The company will expand the current course schedule to include Lagos, Nigeria and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, making Jee the only globally recognized subsea engineering and training firm to hold public courses in Nigeria. Jee will send its tutors to the African and Asian countries from the company’s bases in the U.K.…

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Nigeria's LNG Export Falls

Babs Omotowa, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG), has raised alarm over Nigeria’s dwindling investments in Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), according to a report in Thisday. He noted that with no new investments, Nigeria would possibly drop from her current position of the 4th world’s largest exporter of LNG to 10th position by 2020. NLNG had earned $90 billion revenue since 1999 and that it has elevated Nigeria to number four exporter of LNG in the world, after Qatar, Malaysia and Australia.

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Nigeria, Greece Sign Ship Acquisition Deal

Nigeria and Greece have signed a deal that will enable Nigerian ship owners to own vessels that would be transferred to them by their Greek counterparts, reports Channels Television. Nigerian ship owners have reiterated their preparedness to partner their Greek counterparts on coastal trade and ship building in the country. To this end, the ship owners, under the auspices of the Nigerian Ship Owners Association (NISA), have sealed a partnership with some ship owners from Greece to bring in 40 vessels into Nigeria.

Folabi Bolatiwa (Photo: InterMoor)

InterMoor Appoints Bolatiwa as Nigeria GM

InterMoor, an Acteon company, has appointed Folabi Bolatiwa as general manager in Nigeria. Bolatiwa will be responsible for overseeing the company’s continued growth in the region. InterMoor provides integrated solutions that include the design, provision and installation of both temporary and permanent moorings, as well as customized foundation and subsea installation and recovery services. The company has worked in West Africa for more than 10 years, and has bases in Luanda and Malongo in Angola.

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World Ship Owners Adopt Kalu as President

World Shipowners’ Association (WSA) has appointed Nigeria-born Forbes billionaire and President of Slok Group, Orji Uzor Kalu as interim president of the body. The maritime industry globally is set to meet its full potential following the unveiling of an umbrella body for all national, regional and international associations of ship owners called WSA, says a press release signed by WSA’s interim Director of Strategy and Communications, Isaac Marshall. The association which was…

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NLNG Bullish on Prospects

The Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas company (NLNG) has shipped 3,200 liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes by Q2 of 2015, since it began international gas exports in 1989, the managing director, Babs Omotowa said, reports Business Day. Omotowa, said, the gas company during the period under review (1989 to Q2 2015) has converted about 133 billion cubic metres (bcm) or 4.68 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of associated gas (AG) to exports as LNG and natural gas liquids (NGLs), thus helping to reduce gas flaring by upstream companies.

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Nigeria, Singapore Seal Maritime Partnership

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Maritime and Ports Authority of Singapore have held a bilateral meeting to seek areas of collaboration between the two maritime regulators at the sidelines of the Maritime Regulators Forum holding in Singapore. The Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside met with his counterpart at the Maritime and Ports Authority (MPA) of Singapore,  Andrew Tan where they pledged to collaborate for the benefit of both countries.

Merchant Ships Fair Game in Nigerian Waters

US Government Consul-General, Jeffrey Hawkins, observes ineffectual Nigeria Government response to a growing incidence of piracy. The US envoy made his comment at the recently concluded Nigeria Maritime Expo (NIMAREX 2013) in Lagos. Acknowledging that Nigeria has enormous maritime potentials, the US envoy commented that realising those potentials would be a mirage if the security challenges are not tackled, reports the Nigerian Tribune. Hawkins posited further that there are many accusations that entities involved in providing maritime security collude in some of the illegal activities.

Cory Brothers New Route from Dublin

Cory Brothers Shipping Agency is delighted to announce the operation of a new route between Dublin, Ireland and Tin Can, Lagos, Nigeria. The new monthly route commences on Monday September 28th 2009 and is provided by RMR Shipping BV. RMR Shipping has many years' experience in exporting used vehicles, machinery and plant equipment to West Africa. Headquartered in The Netherlands, with a worldwide presence, RMR works with local Port Authorities to provide an efficient service to its clients. Lagos, Nigeria is the primary destination port for RMR, with additional calls in Monrovia, Liberia.

Potential Port Problems in Nigeria

According to a report on http://www.thenationonlineng.net, the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) today threatened to shut down seaports to protest the planned establishment of another body--Maritime Security and Safety Agency. MWUN stated this in a petition signed by its President, Tony Nted and Secretary-General, Aham Ubani, and sent to Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan. The petition, which made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, was copied to the Senate President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Minister of Transport.

Nigerian Ship Chandlers Losing Rightful Business

Nigeria currently loses about N80 billion (US$500-million) annually to foreign shipping operators due to Federal Government not enforcing ship chandlery laws. Citing Head of government and international matters of Nigerian Customs Licensed Ship Chandlers Association (NCLSCA), Dr. Martins Enebeli, 'The Vanguard' reported that this has resulted in foreign shipping operators refusing to make use of the indegenious ship chandlers, which is in contravention of the recent Local Content Act promulgated by the Federal Government.

Tanker Crew Freed After Kidnapping Off Nigeria

Three crew members of a Maltese-flagged supertanker, who were kidnapped by pirates three weeks ago off Nigeria, have been released, Greece's foreign ministry said on Wednesday. The Kalamos crude carrier was heading to Nigeria's main oil terminal when it was attacked on Feb. 3. The pirates killed the ship's Greek deputy captain and escaped with three crew members -- one Pakistani and two Greeks. All three are now safe and undergoing medical tests, the ministry said, declining to provide further information on their release.

Saipem Wins $1.5B E&C Offshore Contracts

In Iraq, Saipem has been awarded by South Oil Company the EPIC contract for the Iraq Crude Oil Export Expansion Project – Phase 2, within the framework of the expansion of the Basra Oil Terminal, off the Al Faw Peninsula in the Arabian Gulf, approximately 550 kilometres south-east of Baghdad. The contract encompasses the engineering, procurement, fabrication and installation of a Central Metering and Manifold Platform (CMMP), to be installed in a water depth of 28 metres, along with associated facilities.

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IMB Reports 87 Piracy Incidents in H1 2017

The IMB has published its report on piracy and armed robbery for the second quarter of 2017, covering the period from 1 January to 30 June 2017. The report highlights continuing decline in the number of incidents of maritime piracy, said a press release from The Standard Club. 87 incidents have been reported in the first six months of 2017, with 63 ships boarded, eight attempted attacks, four ships hijacked and 12 ships fired upon. This represents a decrease from 2016 when there were 97 reported incidents in the same period.

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Egina FPSO Leaves SHI's Geoje Shipyard

Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) successfully completed Geoje-shipyard portion of the world's largest sized Egina FPSO. The gigantic floater left for Nigeria on 31th October 2017. SHI has now fulfilled successful delivery or sail-away of three massive offshore projects as scheduled. Earlier this year Ichthys CPF, world's largest floating gas processing facility, was delivered in April. Prelude FLNG, world's largest FLNG, had left Goeje in June. SHI won the order to build Egina FPSO in 2013. The FPSO is to be installed in Egina offshore field, located 200km from Nigerian shores.

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Oil Tankers Run Gauntlet in Nigeria's 'Pirate Alley'

A pirate attack that killed a supertanker crewman off the coast of Nigeria this week has highlighted a growing threat off oil-rich West Africa, as vessels carrying millions of barrels of crude traverse a region that has become known as "pirate alley". The 2 million barrel Kalamos Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) was heading to Nigeria's main oil terminal when it was attacked late on Monday, leaving the ship's Greek deputy captain dead and three crew members taken hostage. Security experts say the waters off Nigeria are now the deadliest on earth…

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Shippers Called to Action in Fight against Ebola

Global shipping, logistics and marine services provider GAC Group is calling for shipping and logistics companies to invest in staff and crew education on how to reduce the risk of exposure to Ebola, and to keep up-to-date with precautionary measures being put in place around the world to contain the spread of the virus and minimize its impact on global transport. Michael Sturesson, General Manager of GAC Angola, said the best way for the shipping and logistics sector to reduce exposure is through internal communications and educating employees: “Angola is Ebola-free…

Hardy Takes Over as Vitol CEO

Ian Taylor, who helped build Vitol into the world's biggest oil trader, will step down as chief executive and continue as chairman, the company said on Friday, naming a long-time ally and insider, Russell Hardy, as the new group CEO. Taylor said two years ago he was battling cancer although he continued to travel the world, chasing deals from Africa to the United States and Australia while also working as chairman of the board of trustees for London's Royal Opera House. Hardy…

R-L: Chairman, House Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration, Hon. Mohammed Umaru Bago, Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, CON, Chairman, Board of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mr. Emmanuel Olajide Adesoye and Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside during the 2nd edition of the maritime Stakeholders’ interactive forum tagged: “Implementation of Executive Order I (Ease of Doing Business) in a se

Nigeria to Automate Shipping Processes

The Federal Government of Nigeria is set to automate all shipping related administrative processes in order to reduce subjectivity and corruption, thereby promoting transparency in the Nigerian maritime industry. This comes as a result of Nigeria's quest to ensure the growth and development of the maritime sector and in line with the Presidential order on the Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria. According to the eighteen point communiqué, Stakeholders agreed that in order to realize the desired accelerated growth of the Nigerian maritime sector…

US Conditions of Entry for Vessels from Nigeria

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has announced that it will impose conditions of entry on vessels arriving from the Federal Republic of Nigeria (excluding vessels arriving from certain ports) with effect from June 26, GAC reported in its daily Hot Port News Report. The USCG is authorised to impose conditions of entry on vessels arriving in U.S. waters from ports that it has not found to maintain effective antiterrorism measures. Ports in the Federal Republic of Nigeria were found to not be maintaining effective anti-terrorism measures, with certain exceptions.

Former OPEC secretary general Dr. Alhaji Rilwanu Lukman (photo: OPEC)

Nigeria's Former OPEC Secretary General Lukman Passes

Former OPEC secretary general Dr. Alhaji Rilwanu Lukman, who led the oil producer group between 1995 and 2000, passed away in the early hours of Monday in Vienna, the organization said in a statement. He was 75. Nigeria-born Lukman's career in the oil industry spanned five decades, during which time he served as the country's oil minister before leading the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) as secretary general and president. He was Nigeria's oil minister between 1986 and 1990 and returned to the role for two years in 2008.