Worldwide there are approximately 3,000 merchant ports and the work of the Harbour Master can vary widely from country to country and from port to port even within the same country.
Acting Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Mohammed Bello-Koko, has announced the appointment of three new port managers at Nigerian ports, and the redeployment of several other senior officials.
The shake-up comes in the context of the NPA setting out to turn Nigerian ports into the most prominent and important maritime hub for West Africa.
Onne: Yitnoe Stanley Magaji, former Technical Assistant Marine and Operations, is the new Port Manager at the port of Onne.
Tin Can Island: Buba Jibril, former Traffic Manager, LPC moves to Tin Can Island Port as Port Manager.
Calabar: Ovbude Nelson Uwaifo, former Traffic Manager at the Dangote Jetty at Lekki, is the new Port Manager at Calabar.
The former Port Manager at Tin Can Island Port, Engr. Yunusa Ibrahim Anji, moves to corporate headquarters as Assistant General Manager Port Engineering.
Dantsoho M. Abubakar, the former Port Manager of Onne, now becomes Technical Assistant to Managing Director, Special Duties.
Mrs Asein Marie Ehemeiri, former Port Manager at Calabar, moves to Corporate Headquarters as Principal Manager Traffic.
Other appointments include Okaga Charles Bamidele, Principal Manager Traffic, who becomes Technical Assistant Marine and Operations to the Managing Director.
Leoso Akintunde Oladipo, Principal Manager Traffic LPC, assumes duty as Traffic Manager at Lagos Port Complex.
Aliyu Abubakar, Principal Manager Traffic, Kirikiri Lighter Terminal, takes over as Traffic Manager, Dangote Jetty, Lekki.
These appointments are with immediate effect.
This news item first appeared in Africa Ports & Ships (www.africaports.co.za ) on 14 October 2021 and appears here by kind permission of the Editor.
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It was announced from Tokyo on 25 November that ClassNK had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on cybersecurity with the Panama Maritime Authority (PMA).
Panama, the world’s largest flag state, is making various efforts to improve the safety of its own vessels. On 17 November, PMA announced the establishment of a Cyber Incident Voluntary Reporting Scheme to better understand the cyber threats that vessels are exposed to and to seek more pragmatic and effective measures to control the cyber risks. It is understood that the scheme encourages all Panama-flagged vessels to report detected cyber incidents to PMA.
The PMA has issued a relevant Marine Notice available here: https://panamashipregistry.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/MMN-22-2021-CYBER-SECURITY-November-2021.pdf
Under the MOU, ClassNK will provide its knowledge and experience cultivated so far to PMA for their efforts to ensure cyber security. As part of these efforts, Class NK will analyse the information collected from the cyber incident voluntary reporting scheme of PMA.
In 2018, a leading mark, a tower equipped with Sealite’s Port Entry Light (SL-PEL-10), was established at Puerto Mamonal, Colombia, to enhance the safety of vessel traffic approaching the port from the north channel.
Since the installation of Sealite’s Port Entry Light in 2018, it has helped Puerto Mamonal increase the number of large visiting vessels and provided safer operations in the approach to the port.
However, it was found that the north and south channels were in need of additional aids to navigation for safer passage.
Puerto Mamonal’s port owners, with the help of Ingeniería Naval & Señalización Marítima S A S, installed Sealite buoys: six SL-B2200 Nautilus Ocean Buoys in Region B channel configuration.
The SL-B2200 Nautilus is rotationally moulded using UV-stabilized virgin polyethylene to prevent discoloration from the sun’s UV rays. This is especially important in hotter climates. Each buoy is foam filled with closed-cell polyurethane which prevents water logging in the event of collision.
The buoy’s lightweight and two-piece modular design makes it easy to transport and assemble. Its strength lies in the stainless steel tie bars in the buoy body or hull structure connecting the lifting and mooring eyes. This ensures even lifting and mooring stresses at major stress points.