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Bala Usman re-elected Vice Chair, I.M.O Facilitation Committee

………NPA expects 15 ships with petroleum products……….,

Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Ms Hadiza Bala Usman has, for the second time, been elected Vice-Chair of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Facilitation (FAL) Committee.

The latest election took place during the closing of the 44th Session of the Facilitation Committee (FAL 44), which held virtually between September 28 and October 2, 2020.

The Facilitation Committee addresses the efficiency of shipping by dealing with matters related to enabling international maritime traffic, including the arrival, stay and departure of ships, persons and cargo from ports. The committee also ensures that the right balance is struck between maritime security and the facilitation of international maritime trade.

Responding to her re-election, Ms Bala Usman described it as an honour to Nigeria. She promised to work with the Chair and the IMO Secretariat in realising the lofty objectives of the FAL Committee and the IMO. The NPA Managing Director praised chair of the committee, Ms Marina Angsell from Sweden for her leadership. She also thanked the IMO Secretary-General and the Committee for re-electing her to serve.

Meanwhile, NPA is expecting 15 ships laden with petroleum products, food items and other goods from Oct. 2 to Oct. 10.

The NPA made this known in its publication, `Shipping Position’, a copy of which was made available in Lagos on Friday.

According to it, the ships are expected to arrive at the Lagos Port Complex.

The publication said that the ships contained bulk sugar, bulk wheat, base oil, container, bulk salt, general cargo frozen fish and soya beans.

NPA reports that another 12 ships had arrived at the ports, waiting to berth with bulk wheat, container, petrol and bulk salt.

Also, the organisation said that 17 other ships are at the ports discharging container, bulk wheat, petrol, frozen fish, general cargo, bulk gypsum, maize and bulk sugar.

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