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NPA halts licences renewal for shipping firms over holding bay crisis

NPA halts licences renewal for shipping firms over holding bay crisis

Business
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), has stopped the renewal of licences for shipping firms who fail to provide holding bays for empty containers. Failure of the shipping firms to establish a holding bay where empty containers are to be stacked is a major factor for the congestion currently being experienced at the ports. The Managing Director, NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman, who confirmed this during the 14th yearly, Business Law e-conference, said: “We actually refused to renew licences to shipping companies; they have to give evidence of having empty container holding bays that is commensurate with the vessels they bring in. “I encourage stakeholders to write directly to us to the extent that you identify issues affecting this procedure, and I will also push that in our system to en...
Secured Anchorage: Concerned stakeholders fault NPA’s fresh bid to resuscitate settled matters

Secured Anchorage: Concerned stakeholders fault NPA’s fresh bid to resuscitate settled matters

Business
The recent Marine Notice issued by the management of the Nigerian Port Authority (NPA) to ship masters, ship owners, and other operators whose vessels currently enjoy some level of security at the designated anchorage, seems to be a signal to a fresh battle over the controversy around the Secured Anchorage Area, SAA. The latest move comes despite the intervention by the National Assembly on an issue, which had almost torn apart frontline operators at the Lagos Anchorage District, Ocean Marine Solution Limited, OMSL, and the management of NPA under the leadership of Hadiza Bala Usman, the Managing Director. At the peak of the dispute between the operator and the Authority, the Senate intervened to maintain the status quo, thus restricting the NPA management from taking any action that...