Comptroller Florence Dixon of PTML Command speaks on female empowerment and participation.

IMO Empowering Women In Maritime Communities: 
Interview with Compt. Florence Dixon of PTML Command, Tin-Can Apapa, Lagos she speaks with our correspondent Sandra Ukele of

There is this gap we see, we don’t know if it is perceived, but do you think older women are creating enough mentoring sessions for younger women to take over from?

I think the question should be, 'Are the younger ones willing to be mentored?' Because I think it should be both ways. There should be willingness on the part of the mentees and the mentor. So if the younger ones are willing, why not? We'll oblige them.

Are there programme you are putting in place as older women for the younger ones, to draw them closer to avoid pitfalls?

There is this general perceived concept of women not cooperating with women but I think gradually we are overcoming it. We are not there yet but at least we are making progress.

Most times we talk about empowerment, empowerment, empowerment especially empo…

Jadesimi Laments Lagos Being a War Zone

On security issues beguiling the Nigerian state, Dr. Amy Jadesimi, CEO Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base (LADOL)  speaks expressly in this interview with Sandra Ukele on

Taking a shift towards security, the Global Maritime Security Conference kiks off in Abuja, how would you say our security enforcement is now, any better?

I think there are 2 aspects to (the) security question and you always have to consider both aspects. The first aspect is the perception.

From the perspective of the maritime sector you wouldn’t believe that from a maritime perspective and the international community the insurance community considers even Lagos hub to be a war zone. And so from the international community it is saying that Lagos is a war zone.

However, IMO themselves have an ISPS status for Lagos of 1. Which means it is as safe as San Francisco, as New York as London because they all have ISPS status of 1.

The first thing I would say when you look at security, let’s look at th…

Life Drills Take Centre Stage at Sea School

XLC International Marine has just concluded it's 6-day training tagged, "Strategic Safety at Sea and Boat Sailing Training" at Sea School Lagos.

The training comprised courses as, Real Life Drills, Boat Sailing Training, Life Rescue, Basic Seamanship, Strategic Boat Business and many more.

A second segment of the training will commence in December.

Dakuku Calls For Dedicated Cargo Ports

…As Oil, Maritime Experts Discuss Efficiency of Shipping in Africa

The Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has suggested the introduction of designated ports to handle particular cargoes.

Dakuku made the call at the just concluded Oil Trading and Logistics Expo (OTL) held in Lagos.

The expo is a veritable platform for the recognition of key stakeholders who have played significant roles in the advancement of the maritime sector, saw NIMASA picking an award for its contributions to the growth of shipping, which has helped the development of the downstream sector.

The annual OTL Africa Downstream Week, which is widely acknowledged as Africa's biggest platform for downstream oil and gas businesses, brought together experts and stakeholders in the oil and gas as well as maritime sectors across the continent and beyond to discuss the way forward for the shipping industry. The theme for this year's 13th edition …

Nigeria Customs Service Seizes Expired Rice

The Nigeria Customs Service Tin-Can  Island Ports has showcased the seizures made by the Command in the light of the land border closure.

The seized items include 33 containers of rice, 1 container of rice concealed with spare parts, 11 containers of unregistered pharmaceutical products, 2 containers of used tyres, 1 container of clothing and 4 containers of refined vegetable oil in retail packs.

The total number of containers is 54 comprising 15*40ft and 39*20ft containers with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of two billion, seven hundred and thirteen million, eight hundred and sixty five thousand, fifty one (N2,713,865,051) naira.

The Comptroller General of Customs Col. Hameed Ali (rtd)  expressed satisfaction at the achievements of the Command. In his words:

“One of the significant findings about this seizure is that all the rice is expired  or about to expire,” he said.

Meanwhile, insider reports reaching us it is alleged that the so called expired rice was imported in 2014 by Mr. Uche Og…

Empowering Women in Maritime Communities... Jadesimi speaks

IMO's Theme: Empowering Women in Maritime Communities …Dr. Amy Jadesimi speaks loud in this interview with

Empowering Women in the maritime sector how do you think the empowerment should come? Should it just be by giving funds to women, should it be allowing them access more educational fields such as going for more training or is it opening up more employment spaces? How do you think we should structure this?

As private sector I would say the first thing we have to do is recognize that in order to empower women or have equal representation of women in companies, we have to restructure our companies.

That means we need to have policies around that encourage hiring of women because fewer women come forward. You have to go out and look for these women.
And just to be clear that is not to say that you should hire women who are less qualified than men. No it’s to say that since the women for various reasons are not coming forward you should go out and look for t…

FOMI Camp Kick-Off In Style

The Face of Maritime International (FOMI) Beauty Pageant has started it’s camping activities in Lagos.

The event which marks as preliminaries to the grand finale on Saturday promises to be action filled.

Contestants are already geared for the daunting tasks which includes aerobics, skills acquisition, public speaking, photo-shoots and many more