Larger vessels of above 232.33 meters with capacity of 4,500 TEUS requiring draught of 13.5 meters have started visiting the Nation’s seaports, according to third quarter report 2013 channel management, cargo throughput, ship and gross tons report made available to Nigeria CommunicationsWeek by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).
NPA said that the development has provided shipping companies with a high level of efficiency and economic space which has enhanced their turnover and turnaround time.
Generally, stakeholders and shipping companies have confirmed that the channel management and conservancy function of the Authority has continued to improve.
The Analysis showed that most of the ports recorded increase in the Gross Registered Tonnage mainly due to the constant capital and maintenance dredging of the channels at the nation’s ports by the Lagos Channel Management (LCM) and Bonny channel management companies.
Habib Abdullahi, managing director of NPA, said that: “The Volume dredged from 2006 to date by the LCM is 53,583,546m3 while a total of 24 numbers of critical wrecks have been removed.. This provides shipping companies the economy of space, which enhances their turnover.
“The Volume dredged by BCC from 2006 to date is 43,537,000m3 while 14 Wrecks has been removed.
“Bonny channel from its previous 12.50 meters draught has been deepened to its present 14.30 meters increased its width from 215 meters to 230 meters.
“The successful wreck removal campaign being undertaken by the Authority also ensured safe navigation of vessels and protection of marine environment amongst other economic benefits”.
He added that Port reforms has resulted in healthy competition as there has been an intensified effort by the terminal operators to procure cargo handling equipment and upgrade of the various terminals while the Authority has continued to provide common user facilities needed to improve port operations.
Ship And Gross Tons Index
Apart from crude oil terminals, 1,366 ocean going vessels with a total Gross Registered Tonnage (GRT) of 34,640,530 gross tons called at Nigerian Ports in the 3rd Quarter of this year (2013).
Lagos Port Complex (LPC) recorded a GRT of 9,263,180 gross tons showing an increase of 12.3 per cent over the 3rd quarter of 2012 figure 8,250,315 gross tons while 369 ocean going vessels were handled at the Port within the period.
Rivers Port complex recorded a total GRT of 1,371,846 gross tons, reflecting a decrease of 11.2 per cent as against 1,526,002 achieved in the 3rd quarter of 2012, with 108Ocean going vessels at the end of the 3rd quarter.
The Onne Port complex recorded a Gross registered tonnage of 9,709,984 gross tons, 15.7 per cent decline compared with 11,238,781 gross tons, leaving the port with 219 ocean going vessels in the period under review.
Calabar Port complex recorded a GRT of 751,553 gross tons showing a growth of 15 per cent over 653, 077 recorded in the corresponding period of 2012. It also handled 35 vessels within the period under review.
In a related development, the Delta Port Complex handled a GRT of 2,346,612 showing an increase of 184 per cent over the 2012 3rd quarter figure of 823,595 gross tons, with 94 vessels handled.
Meanwhile, cargo throughput of 19,849,258 million metric tonnes of cargo was handled showing an increase 2.6% over the 2012 3rd quarter figure of 19,340,901 Million metric tonnes excluding crude oil terminals.
Available statistics shows that the containerized cargo throughput handled amounted to 3,559,453 million metric tonnes, “showing an increase of 12.3per cent over the 2012 3rd quarter figure of 3,168,412million metric tonnes”.
The total Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) shipment handled in the period under review amounted to 4,859,453 million MT showing a decrease of 20per cent from the 2012 3rd quarter figure of 5,828,281MT.
“The Refined Petroleum shipment handled was 4,804,184MT showing a growth of 24 per cent over the 3rd quarter of 2012 figure of 3,869,923MT.
“A total of 76,598 units of Vehicles were handled in the period under review showing an increase of 13 per cent over the same period of 2012 figure of 67,804 units
“Dry Bulk cargo handled at the Ports in the 3rd quarter of 2013 amounted to 2,585,902 MT”.
General Cargo handled at the ports in the 3rd quarter of 2013 amounted to 2,977,347MT indicating a decline of 16 per cent from the 2012 3rd quarter figure of 3,466,311MT.
Thus, reports from the quarterly update of information of developments at the different terminals “indicate appreciable facility upgrades and acquisition of State of the Art container handling equipment by the terminal operators which ensured quick container handling operations and reduced cargo dwell time.
NPA added that its recent research revealed that generally each port is being shaped by the market forces dictated by the commodity demand and by the particular port user.
“Import in Onne for general cargo has since reduced by 30 per cent in total throughput but has been largely compensated for an increase of 60 per cent of gas.
“Lagos port complex is the only port that has maintained its traditional cargo morphology but with bias for containerization as palletized cargo is gradually giving way to this new global trend.
“Between 2003- till date Nigerian Ports Authority ports have experienced about 115 per cent growth. A close examination on this progress show that we do not handle transhipment and transit cargo, all cargoes are captive and Nigeria destined.
“It therefore shows that petroleum product liberalization, growth in Gross domestic product (GDP) and the transformation agenda resulting in increase in construction works have had an unprecedented economic impact on the port industry.
“Also the consistent effort by the Nigerian Ports Authority in fulfilling its obligation on one part and the terminal operators on another and with the provision of enabling environment by the Federal Government of Nigeria under Dr Goodluck Jonathan will further encourage investors’ confidence in the Port sector”.
It is pertinent to note that the improvements have continued to be sustained as reflected on the parameters when compared to same period in 2012.
NCC, Digital Encode Support NITRA Innovative Tech Forum On Post-COVID-19 Strategies
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Nigeria’s telecommunications regulator and Digital Encode, Cybersecurity and Compliance advisory company, have indicated interest to partner with the Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA), the national umbrella body of ICT reporters, as it organizes a forum that will x-ray the industry’s future plans for ICT growth post pandemic era.
The event, slated to hold on October 15, 2020, will seek to discuss the needs for a fortified ICT sector after the COVID-19 era, and the level of preparedness of ICT stakeholders to embrace the challenge of being pivotal to the stability and growth of all other sectors.
A statement from NITRA National Secretariat in Lagos indicates that due to the pandemic and need to observe the COVID-19 protocol on social distancing, the event will be held via a Webinar.
This year’s theme, “Multi-stakeholder Approach To National Recovery Post-Pandemic”, is in line with the annual event’s generic theme, ‘NITRA Innovative Tech Forum’, a contribution by NITRA to the development of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) innovations and policies in Nigeria.
Prof. Umar Danbatta, executive vice chairman, NCC is expected to deliver the keynote speech at the event and will throw more light on Federal Government’s plans, programmes and policies on post-pandemic strategies using ICT.
Dr. Adewale Obadare and Dr. Seyi Akindeinde, founders of Digital Encode, while accepting to support the event expressed their readiness to offer their expertise in Cybersecurity for organisations to prepare against cyber- attacks with the new normal.
They will also highlight areas that are high risks that need fortification in terms of cybersecurity.
Speaking on the event, Mr. Chike Onwuegbuchi, national chairman, NITRA, noted that as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to leave its negative trails across the globe, economic reboot for countries will not only depend on how well they readapt to the new normal, but also more on their recovery plans.
According to him: “While the federal government has consistently expressed its willingness to set all policies in place to engender growth, and accelerated implementation of these policies, private sector firms have also shown great hunger for the task ahead in post-COVID-19 era.
However, the question that needs to be answered is whether all stakeholders are ready for the required task ahead.”
The event will also offer participating companies opportunities to publicize some of their individual efforts at contributing to reacting a soft landing or lifeline for SMEs and other ancillary companies as the pandemic threatens their survival.
Digital Encode is a multi-award winning and leading consulting and integration firm that specializes in the design, management, and security of business-critical networks, telecommunications environments and other Information Technology (IT) infrastructures.
NCC Threatens Illegal Users of GSM Boosters with Arrest, Prosecution
Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has warned telecom consumers to desist from using illegal GSM boosters.
The commission also said that anyone caught using a GSM booster without obtaining approval of a duly licensed network operator will face arrest and prosecution.
GSM boosters are devices that transmit and receive telecommunications signals and can therefore interfere with other radio frequency equipment.
Ikechukwu Adinde, director, public affairs, NCC, said in a notice published on NCC website, that only licensed network operators are allowed to use GSM boosters.
The booster, also known as amplifier or repeater is made up of three main elements – exterior antenna, amplifier, and interior antenna.
They form a wireless system to boost cellular reception
“Members of the public should note that, willful interference with any wireless telegraphy is an offence under Section 16 of the Telegraphy Act, 2004,”it said
The agency said it will not condone any flagrant breach of this law.
It has also enforced measures to prosecute offenders.
Accordingly, monitoring mechanisms have been put in place and anyone caught using a GSM booster without obtaining approval of a duly licensed network operator will face arrest and prosecution.
“Any member of the public with useful information regarding the illegal use of GSM Boosters should contact the Commission on 09-4617000/7351 or send an email to [email protected],” the notice said.
“Individuals desirous of using GSM Boosters should note that they can only do so in conjunction with licensed network operators,” it added.
Tizeti Selects Nokia to Provide LTE Fixed Wireless Access Solution for High-Speed internet Services in Nigeria
Tizeti announced that it selected Nokia’s Fastmile Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology to enable usprovide superior internet services to over 1 Million subscribers in Port Harcourt, Edo and Ogun in Nigeria.
Tizeti will deploy Nokia’s AirScale Base Station TDD-LTE and FastmileFixed Wireless Access (FWA) gatewaysto deliver premium internet and Virtual Private Network (VPN) services to Residential, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
The solution will also enable Tizeti’sto deliver a more robust, high-speedinternet service to subscribers and the flexibility to seamlessly evolve to 5G Fixed Wireless Access when needed.
Nokia’s FWA solution enables Tizeti to fast-track broadband access and provide a best-in-class broadband experience to its subscribers.
Nokia’sAirScale Base Stations ensure high-quality connectivity and coverage and enablesTizeti to evolve the network in line with customer demand.
Nokia’sFastmilegateways connect wirelessly to the existing network to createa fastbroadband connection and enhanced Wi-Fi experience in the home.
The Nokia Network Services Platform will help Tizeti to simplify operations and quickly respond to changing market demands.
Kendall Ananyi, Tizeti, said:“We are committed to providing the best-in-class network experience to our subscribers. We are confident that Nokia’s proven technology and expertise will help us differentiate our services based on quality. This a crucial project for us as it introduces LTE in our networks and allows us to bring new and innovative services to our subscribers.”
Eniola Balogun, Nokia, said:“We are thrilled to work with Tizeti on the initiative to upgrade their network to bring the latest products and services to its subscribers. Nokia Fastmile will help Tizeti to cost-effectively enhance the customer experience.
The project will also enable them to delight their subscribers by providing more reliable data services.
On the other hand, Tizeti will benefit by adding new revenue streams.”
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