Nigeria Strike Stops Offload Deployment of 29 Vessels at Ports
11 Jan, 2012 Industry News Announcements Service Advisory

Nigeria may soon run into shortage of premium motor spirit (PMS) commonly known as petrol, as offloading and  deployment of about 426,367 metric tonnes of the product  already imported and consigned to Nigeria and awaiting  berths at the ports, suffer setback.
The setback is occasioned by the ongoing nationwide strike by organised labour and the civil society  against the removal of petrol subsidy by the federal  government.
According to shipping position statistics of last week of December and the first week of January, released by the Nigeria Ports Authority, while 201,845MT of petrol is  already awaiting berth, about 224,522MT of the product was expected to berth at the nation’s ports this week before the strike began on Monday. The implication of this is that  even if the products arrive the country this week,  workers may not be available to attend to the tankers.
Also, about 65,845MT of DPK (kerosene) and 35,850MT of  diesel are also trapped in consignment and at the  seaports.
The products are laden in 14 vessels and 15 tankers that  had arrived since last week and are waiting for berthing  space and Customs clearances.
Leaders of the maritime workers union had directed all  dockworkers to stay-off the ports.
The president of NPA branch of Maritime Workers Union of  Nigeria, Comrade Leke Sanni, told newsmen that the ports  cannot be working when the workers are on strike and all  ports closed.
“All the ports in Lagos are closed, I am here to monitor compliance and I am happy with what I am seeing”, he said,  adding that though the gates into the ports were not  closed, operations will not begin until the industrial  action comes to an end.
His counterpart in the dockworkers branch, Comrade Adeyanju  also told LEADERSHIP that the ports were not working and  that the union had directed all dockworkers to stay-off the  ports.
The labour leaders also confirmed that because of the  strike, no ship would be allowed to sail in or out of the  ports, until the action was called off or suspended.