Following the directive of the Minister of Transportation, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi that Shipowners in Nigeria form a unified body to be engage with the federal government under one umbrella body, Shipowners have formed a united Shipowners Forum.
The new Shipowners Forum comprises members of the Nigerian Indigenous Ship- owners Association (NISA) and the Ship Owners Association of Nigeria (SOAN) and the new form is chaired by Barr. Mrs. Margret Orakwusi.
The new Shipowners Forum is umbrella body for all shipowners in Nigeria whose vessels are registered or flagged in Nigeria or having concurrent identities with Nigeria and having been operating under NISA or SOAN.
The two associations Nigerian Indigenous Ship- owners Association (NISA) and the Ship Owners Association of Nigeria (SOAN) may have united to form the Shipowners Forum, however, both groups maintain their autonomous status as separate bodies according to their establishing statutes.
The Shipowners Forum disseminated a press release to this effect last week to officially announce the creation of the group. The release was signed by the Chairman of the Shipowners Forum, Barr. Mrs. Margret Orakwusi as well as the NISA President, Alhaji Aminu Umar and the President of SOAN, Engr. Greg Ogbeifun.
The release stated that the two groups have shelved their differences and resolved amicably to create the united Forum and the new Forum was ready to engage the federal government constructively to enhance shipping and the nation’s entire maritime industry.