The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has teamed up with the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) for the re-establishment of a national shipping line.

Both the entities intend to partner with the private sector for the revival of the National Unity Line.

The Ministry of Transportation will collaborate with NIMASA to enable the floating of the national fleet. It has also set up a National Fleet Implementation Committee to deal with the initiative.

Barrister Hassan Bello, executive secretary of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, will lead the National Fleet Implementation Committee.

Victoria Shipyards (VSL) has been selected by TOTE Maritime Alaska for the conversion of two TOTE Orca-class diesel engine vessels to dual fuel-powered ships to reduce harmful emissions.

VSL will carry out yard production work and docking for the conversion, which will be completed in four phases.

“Scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2021, the conversion works will provide employment for up to 400 people.”

The two 839ft-long roll-on / roll-off vessels, North Star and Midnight Sun, transport cargo between Anchorage, Alaska, and Tacoma, Washington, in the US.

VSL has completed the first phase of conversion work on North Star.

Scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2021, the conversion works will provide employment for up to 400 people.

Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) Group, in partnership with Monohakobi Technology Institute (MTI) and Japan Marine United (JMU), has completed the development of a new propeller for ships.

The propeller was developed by using the analysis of a propeller on-board an ocean-going vessel. It is expected to improve fuel efficiency by reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 1.2%.

The propeller will be installed on two newly built containerships.

NYK and its partners will continue to work with shipping companies and shipbuilders for improving the environmental performance of ships by offering sustainable solutions.