• Thu. Jun 20th, 2024

Maritime Book Launch Cargo Advocacy Awards

  • Home
  • Maritime Book Launch Cargo Advocacy Awards

The advocacy for indigenous carriers to resume the carriage of cargoes as provided by Sections 35-38 of the NIMASA Act 2007 (as amended) will be boosted by the Maritime Book Launch. Champions and advocates of the cause will be given awards to orchestrate the national resolve for rebuilding cargo-carrying capacity for international trade by Nigerian sea traders.

The event will take place on 25th and 26th July, with the second day continuing with paper presentations and the exhibition.

Interested exhibitors should get in touch with the event secretariat through +234 803 337 8735 or editor@ddhmag.com


Resuming Indigenous Cargo-Carrying Capacity

The event will boost the new advocacy to implement Sections 35-38 of the NIMASA Act 2007 (as amended) which provides that indigenous carriers should carry Federal, State, and Local Government cargoes generated by public sector contracts involving international trade.  Thus, this is separate and additional to the business opportunities of the Cabotage Law of 2004.

Implementing Sections 35-38 of the NIMASA law which involves the carriage of imported fertilizers, pipes and rods, machinery, project cargoes, oil and gas-related cargoes, and break-bulk general cargoes, will bring back some of the annual freight costs (estimated at US$9.1 billion) now earned exclusively by foreign carriers. It will also enable Nigeria to offer sea-time experience to her nautical and marine engineering cadets, get more indigenous carriers busy and experienced in international shipping activities instead of lying idle and comatose, increase marine insurance activities, and regain national prestige for the country instead of being derided by other maritime nations for being lacklustre and weak.

It is accepted internationally for maritime cargoes to be carried with chartered ships: bare-boat, short-term, or long-term charter. Hence, we project that Nigerian indigenous carriers prequalified by NIMASA to carry Nigerian cargo shall charter ships from the international market during the first five (5) years of their carriage license or show Technical Partnership Agreements (MoU) with ship-owning foreign carriers. The Book Launch and Advocacy Awards are meant to orchestrate this campaign and put the National Assembly, The Presidency, the Federal Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy as well as NIMASA on notice to reactivate the law and take all necessary steps towards empowering indigenous operators.


There will be seminar paper presentations on the second day of the events, by subject experts and top maritime admiralty lawyers, covering relevant topics and amendments that need to be made to the extant law, and other subjects. Attendance is free. Details of the papers and presenters can be found on the event webpage at www.ddhmag.com/upcomingevents

Book Launch and Advocacy Participation Options:

To fully harness the promotional opportunities offered by the upcoming Book Launch, Awards, and Exhibition events, interested companies and personalities can choose from the following optional activities tomaximizetheir experience.

 For Awardees Order a table for Staff, Business Associates, Board Members, family and friends to join the ceremony and felicitate with the Awardees.  The following seating options are available:

  1. The Event Brochure

An Event Brochure will be published in full-process-colour bearing information about the event and themes of the advocacy on reactivating and nurturing Indigenous cargo-carrying capacity in international shipping trade. It will also bear photographs of major functionaries of the event, awardees, and exhibitors. The seminar events and paper presentation agenda of the 2nd Day of the Ceremony will also be contained in the colour Brochure.

Since it is distributed free of charge to all attendees, the pages of the colour Brochure are very useful publicity outlets for marketers, advertisers, and all who have any commercial messages for the industry. The advert rates are shown below.


Outside Back Cover:               N1,500,000.00 
Inside Front Page:                      N1,350,000.00
Inside Back Cover:                   N1,250,000.00
Full page:                                     N750,000.00

3. For Exhibitions: 

This is recommended for the exhibition of brochures, pamphlets and other marketing materials of companies having ready services to offer industry chieftains, operators and the shipping lines participating in the events. To last for two days, the exhibition booths are venues for staff of the companies to discuss with potential customers and fully explain their service offerings and answer questions in the minds of logistics and freight forwarding organizations, cargo consolidation entities, etc. Exhibition options are as follows:

N750,000.00 per sq mtr 

4m x 4m = N3m with 2 free delegates (with 50% reduction if taking a table)

8m x 8m = N6m with 4 free delegates (with 50% reduction if taking a table)

5. Special Spotlight in Post-Event Magazine Publication, DDH Magazine

A special post-event edition of Dredge Drill & Haul (DDH) magazine will be published in  August 2024 to memorialize the proceedings of the Book Launch, Indigenous Cargo-Carrying Advocacy Awards, and Exhibition ceremony. The 2-page or 4-page spotlight on your organization will cover your corporate profile, an exclusive interview, your business activities, networks and service provisions or products, and pictures of your top staff and business location, all published in full process colour. 15 or 30 complimentary copies shall be submitted to you after the publication for your own further corporate use as gifts, etc.

Cost:   2-Page              N1.5m

              4-page              N2.8m

Please email editor@ddhmag.com for invoice
on any desired categories of participation.