NPA lifts sanction on Maersk, others over holding bay

As efforts to sanitise the port roads continue, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has restored services to the four shipping companies which operations it suspended 10 days ago over non-compliance with the agency’s directive to acquire and operate holding bays for their containers.

   The affected shipping companies are Maersk Line, Cosco Shipping, APS and Lansal, which have now two weeks, beginning from July 20, 2018, to increase the capacity of their holding bays ranging from 1,800 TEUs to 7,500 TEUS.

   Additionally, they will sign off on the volume capacity of theholding bays verified at the end of the grace period; at theexpiration of the two-week period, an inspection will be conducted to ascertain compliance and, hereafter, further sanctions will be applied on failure to meet the said conditions.

   According to a statement by the Assistant General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, Isah Suwaid, the two-week grace period was granted after due considerations by the NPA, the companies’ presentations at the meeting and a subsequent joint inspection of their existing facilities.

   In related development, the NPA said it was desirous of sustaining its existing collaboration with the Army College of Logistics to ensure it benefits from the college’s logistics experience.

Speaking when the college management, led by the Commandant, Maj.-Gen. Richard C. Duru, paid the agency a working visit in Lagos, the Executive Director, Engineering and Technical Services, Prof. Idris Abubakar, said the agency would tap into Nigerian Army logistics professionals’ huge knowledgeto standardize operations at the seaports.

Abubakar, who represented the NPA Managing Director,said a confluence of understanding and information sharing would bring about basic solutions to questions on their collaboration.

Earlier, Gen. Duru notedthat the NPA,as a crucial hub for national logistics supply chain, deservedeveryone’s support to ensure that necessary variables were deployed expectedly.

   He added that the institution would readily partner the NPA and other government agencies by offering training facilities with reputable manpower development to employees, thereby contributing meaningfully in enhancing logistics at the ports and beyond.

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