SOAN to hold Lagos Int’l Shipping Expo in November


Ship Owners Association of Nigeria (SOAN) has concluded plans to hold the maiden edition of the Lagos International Shipping Expo on November 27-28, 2019 at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.


The group’s President, Dr Mkgeorge Onyung made this disclosure in Lagos yesterday when he addressed media men.


Onyung said the two day conference and exhibition themed “Ocean Blue Economy and National Development” will attract international and local participation and investment to the shipping industry in Nigeria.


“This is the first of its kind and we put this conference in place to showcase SOAN and take leadership in the maritime space.


“We have come a long way but Nigeria is still lagging behind when it comes to shipownership and maritime business in the committee of maritime nations.


“We are blessed with a vast ocean and in the world today, the future is the blue economy”, he stated.


Dr Onyung also stated that the two day conference will feature an opening ceremony and technical sessions and gala night.


He stressed the need for Nigeria to utilize the wealth of the ocean for national development.


Onyung also stated that a plethora of issues plaguing the shipping in Nigeria will be discussed with the aim of proffering solutions that will enhance the ease of doing business in Nigeria.


Core among the issues to be discussed are the expected cessation of issuance of waivers on Cabotage vessels in five year time and the need for ship building and ship repair yards in Nigeria.


Onyung added that the conference will also explore how industry operators can leverage opportunities available for shipowners in the oil and gas sectors given the five year projected industry spend by Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) for the next five years.


TNMN reports that participation will be drawn from both public and the private sectors.

Posted on : August 23, 2019

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