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Barging: MWUN/BOAN form alliance, develop SOP for operation 


Segun Oladipupo

Barge Operators Association of Nigeria (BOAN) and Maritime Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MWUN) on Monday developed Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for barge operation in Nigeria.

The duo stated this in a joint press conference in Lagos.

Comrade Harry Tonye Leonard, speaking on behalf of the chairman of the steering committe, Alhaji Ahmed Mohammed stated that to develop a viable barging as alternative for cargo transportation, BOAN and MWUN have formed alliance culminating in the constitution of a ten man steering committee vested with the duty to develop a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for barge operation in Nigeria.

“The SOP is to cover issues of safety, maintenance, training, documentation and certification.

“Chandeling, medical, communication, levies and dues, welfare, guide to conduct, fueling, berthing speed, insurance, barge management system app (BMS), among others.”

“The barge steering committee having completed this aspect of its job, is privileged to present to you and the public, the completed booklet containing the SOP for barge operation in Nigeria.

“The SOP will serve as guide to any and every person or organisation involved in barging operation within Nigerian territorial waters,” he asserted

For effective implementation of the SOP, Hajia Bola Muse, member of the steering committe maintained that BOAN and MWUN are already in alliance to work out the effective implementation of the procedures.

Fielding questions from journalists, the operators rubbished insinuations that the barges produced in Nigeria are substandard and inferior to foreign ones.

The groups stated that the same set of manufacturers who produced vessels are the ones producing the barges in Nigeria , saying that the ones produced in other countries are local to them.

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