INTELS boss commends seafarers for moving global trade

INTELS boss commends seafarers for moving global trade
L-R: Executive Director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Gambo Ahmed; Director-General of NIMASA, Dakuku Peterside; General Manager, INTELS Nigeria Limited, Silvano Bellinato; Assistant General Manager, INTELS, Chibuisi Onyebuike; and Deputy Director, Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement, Nigeria Shippers’ Council, Chukwuemeka Agu at the celebration of the Day of the Seafarer at INTELS’ Onne Port Multi-Centre, Rivers State on Thursday.

The General Manager of INTELS Nigeria Limited, Mr. Silvano Bellinato has commended seafarers for their contribution to the global economy and for the sacrifices they make in the course of performing their duties. 

Speaking in Onne last week during the commemoration of this year’s Day of the Seafarer at the Onne Oil and Gas Free Zone, Mr. Bellinato said the theme of this year’s celebration, which is “Seafarers Matter”, is a reflection of the importance of the seafaring profession. 

He said INTELS Nigeria Limited recognizes the importance of seafarers and enjoys a robust relationship with organised labour. 

“We have also recognised the all-important need for a well-motivated and trained workforce, and enjoyed a robust relationship with all facets of organized labour in Nigeria.

“So we are very glad that this Day of the Seafarer for the year 2017 is being held here in our Onne facilities. 

“It is with great joy that I welcome you today to Onne on behalf of the Board, Management and Staff of INTELS Nigeria Limited. I welcome you to our facilities located here in Onne, which has been adjudged as the single largest and fastest growing Free Zone dedicated to the Oil and Gas industry in the world.

“For the past three decades of our establishment, we have been committed to the development of state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructural developments in Government-owned ports located in Onne, Warri and Calabar; and our synergy with the Nigerian Government agencies have continued to yield positive fruits for the growth of the Maritime and Oil and Gas industries in Nigeria,” he said at the Seafarers Day event held at the new state-of-the-art Onne Port Multi-Centre (OPMC) built by INTELS within the Onne Port Complex in Rivers State.  

Earlier before the Day of the Seafarer commemorative event, Mr. Bellinato had received the Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside at the INTELS Headquarters, where he briefed the NIMASA boss of the company’s activities. 

He told the NIMASA DG that INTELS Nigeria Limited, which has invested several billions of dollars in port development, is committed to working with relevant agencies of the Federal Government to derive full benefits of oil and gas logistics services in the country.

He said INTELS is the leading Oil and Gas Logistics Service provider and a maritime service provider in Nigeria.

“INTELS has been a trusted partner to major Oil and Gas producing companies in Nigeria and a monumental logistic partner to the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) in the development of ports infrastructure and service in Nigeria.

“In over 30 years, we have added substantial value to the Nigerian Oil and Gas service industry and the operators have found our services strategic to their operations.

“In the maritime sector, INTELS’ operation as a port infrastructure developer and maritime service provider reinvigorated and brought the needed momentum and life to Nigerian ports and the maritime industry with improved capacity to serve the nation.

“These efforts by INTELS have in turn boosted earnings and contributions by these sectors to the Nigerian economy while generating much-needed employment for Nigerians.

“To achieve our vision of providing an integrated, efficient, reliable and cost-effective logistics solution to the Oil and Gas industry in Nigeria, we introduced an innovative “one-stop-shop oil service centre concept” designed to meet the growing specialized needs of oil producing companies in one location to provide an integrated, efficient, reliable and cost effective logistics solution to operators in the oil and gas industry in Nigeria.

“This innovative concept has enhanced service delivery and turnaround time for Oil and Gas industry projects and thus endeared INTELS to its partners,” Mr. Bellinato said.     

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