Showing posts from December 8, 2017

Brexit "Breakthrough" Deal - UK Maritime Sector Takes Stand

The United Kingdom and European Union have struck another deal on Brexit that prevents a hard border on the island of Ireland but includes a divorce bill that could reach up to GBP39 billion (USD52.3 billion). Maritime bodies in the UK welcomed the end of the political drama, expressing hope that the deal would be a basis for continuation of talks on trading relations.  “Negotiators may have cut it fine, but industry will welcome the fact that we can now progress to the most important stage of the negotiations; discussing our future relations,” David Dingle CBE, Chairman of Maritime UK, said.  “It remains our aim that we secure as frictionless a trading relationship as possible. This is in the interests of both sides of the Channel. Failure to get that frictionless deal will not only see delays and disruption at ports like Dover, Holyhead and Portsmouth, but also in the EU at ports like Zeebrugge, Calais and Dublin,” he added. The maritime sector players feel that the UK should continu…

European Council Set to Protect Seafarers from Abandonment at Sea

The directive, adopted on December 7, gives legal effect to an agreement between the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF), which will bring European rules up-to-date with international best practice, ECSA said. As a result of the agreement with social partners, amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention made in 2014 can be incorporated into EU law. The new rules oblige shipowners to provide financial security protecting seafarers against the consequences of abandonment in an overseas port. In addition, this agreement ensures the payment of contractual compensation in the event of the death or long-term disability of a seafarer resulting from an occupational injury, illness or hazard. Seafarers still face abandonment without pay, being left behind for a long time without access to regular food supplies, medical treatment and without any means to return home. Thanks to the incorporation of the agreement into EU law, se…

Another Bag of Empty Promises for NIMASA Graduates

The Executive Director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Mr. Ahmed Gambo, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Technology of the Liverpool John Moore University, United Kingdom, Professor Ahmed Al-Shamma in a photograph with some of the NIMASA sponsored Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP) cadets during their graduation ceremony from the Liverpool John Moore University, UK recently.

Gboyega Oni “Let me congratulate you on this great feat of your graduation from this prestigious University. On our part as a government, we are committed to capacity building initiatives as it remains the only means the maritime industry can survive and compete favourably with its counterparts globally; we will ensure you all go through the mandatory sea time training, so that you can become better experts and professionals in the maritime sector both in Nigeria and internationally.” This statement of Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Dire…

The Nigeria Customs Rakes in over N1billion to Government Coffers

Gboyega Oni The Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operation Unit (FOU Zone A), Ikeja, Lagos, has saved the nation the sum of One Billion, Five Hundred and Ninety Five Million, One Hundred and Forty One Thousand, One Hundred and Forty Four Naira, One Kobo (N1,595,141,144.81) only, which would have lost to smugglers. The huge revenue was a duty paid value of various contraband items – 64 assorted vehicles (mostly brand new), 13,333 bags of foreign parboiled rice, 1,390 cartons of frozen chicken, 835 jerrycans of vegetable oil, 15 parcels of India Hemp, 1,101 pieces of used tyres, 205 bales of used clothing, that were recovered from smugglers by the FOU in the month of November, 2017. Within the same period, the Unit also recovered One Hundred and Eight Million, Three Hundred and Six Thousand, Eighteen Naira, Twenty Five Kobo (N108,306,018.25) making a cummulative of One Billion, Seven Hundred and Three Million, Four Hundred and Forty Seven Thousand, One Hundred and Sixty Three Naira, Si…