Bayelsa Maritime Workers’ Union Carpets Security Agencies Over Frequent Pirate Attacks on Bayelsa Waterways.   …Says Govt Not bothered about security of Citizens.


Isaac Ombe.  “Government is not bothered about the security of citizens that ply the creeks and waterways in Bayelsa State. The government is rather concerned about the safety of oil installations and Pipelines”. Speed boats and other water crafts that ply the waterways have been left out in the maritime security architecture” These were the lamentations  of members of…

Read More

Prosperity and Security of Maritime Nations, Linked to the Seas, says Navy, …Launches “Exercise Amum Buneng” (Calm Waters)


Nigerian Navy has said that the prosperity and security of maritime nations are inevitably linked to the seas. Rear Adm. Habila Ngalabak, the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Western Naval Command (WNC), stated this at the launch of the Nigeria Navy Fourth Quarter Sea Exercise Codenamed “Execise Amum Buneng” (Calm Waters) onboard Nigeria Navy Ship (NNS) Unity at the Naval…

Read More

The Rising Profile of Women In International Shipping: The Nigerian Prospective

By PierLuigi Carrodano Managing Director, Comet Group. Introduction International shipping used to be totally dominated by men up to the end of the Second World War. During those years, women only filled in shore-based auxiliary positions as office administrative personnel in the traditional maritime nations as well as in the developing maritime nations. Incidentally, the lack of skills in…

Read More

Proper Harnessing of Maritime Resources will Lift Africa out of Poverty – AAMA Boss 

Isaac Ombe Chairman of the Association of African Maritime Administrations (AAMA) and Director- General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, says the development and sustainable use of Africa’s maritime resources (Blue Economy) would serve as a veritable strategy for advancing African economies. Dakuku stated this while delivering a statement of commitment on behalf…

Read More

Uhuru Kenyatta Bags AU Blue Economy Special Award, …As presidents of Togo, Seychelles and Prime Minister of Mauritius receive Blue Economy recognition.


Isaac Ombe In recognition of his leading role in driving Africa’s Blue Economy agenda and ensuring that the continent harnesses its rightful share of marine resources, African Union Commission (AUC) conferred Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta a Special Blue Economy Award on the second day of the conference in Nairobi. The AUC awards were presented in three categories to recognize…

Read More

IMO Throws Weight Behind Women in Maritime


Piriye Kiyaramo In its bid to encourage women to take up careers in the emerging blue economy, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) recently launched Maritime Technology Co-operation Centres (MTCCs), just it expanded its network of Women in Maritime Associations (WIMAs), with regional offices in Latin and Central America in Valparaiso and Chile. In a statement the IMO said that…

Read More

Experts Warn African Governments on the Dangers of Plastic Pollution. at Sea.

Plastic wastes at sea

Piriye Kiyaramo As the first global Sustainable Blue Economy Conference closes in Nairobi-Kenya, experts in the blue economy have again cautioned African governments on the inherent dangers of plastic pollution at sea, over fishing and piracy, among other maritime crimes pose to Africa’s blue economy. Consequently, the experts have called on African governments to come up with workable solutions…

Read More

Uhuru Kenyatta Declares War on Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported Fishing Activities On Kenyan Coasts

Uhuru Kenyatta

By Piriye Kiyaramo Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta has vowed to combat illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing activities on Kenyan coast, among other maritime crimes on the country’s oceans. Declaring the first Global Sustainable Blue Economy conference open in Nairobi, Kenya, Monday, Uhuru Kenyatta, said “Combating illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing will also be prioritized going forward”. He stressed that…

Read More

CBN Confirms Buhari Gov’t Withdrew $3.2bn From NLNG Dividend Account In 3 Years


Twenty-two withdrawals totaling 3.12 billion dollars were made from the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) dividends account domiciled in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in the last three years. This is according to documents submitted to the Senate Committee on Gas Resources by the CBN in Abuja on Thursday. Chairman of the committee, Bassey Akpan, read out the…

Read More

East African Countries Agree To Strengthen Regional Integration Through The Continental Free Trade Area


49 African countries have signed the agreement establishing the continental free trade area, but only 12 countries so far have ratified it, and 22 ratifications are needed by March 2019 to enable it enter into force. KIGALI, Rwanda, November 23, 2018/ — Representatives of 14 countries in East Africa have agreed that the African Continental Free Trade Area, the AfCFTA,…

Read More