Baru urges DSDP partner firms to patronize NNPC’s shipping firm

The Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, has advised partners involved in the Direct Sale Direct Purchase (DSDP) scheme of the corporation to patronise NNPC shipping subsidiary, NIDAS, to ensure profitability.

He gave the advice to the two relevant subsidiaries: Crude Oil Marketing Division (COMD) and the NNPC Trading Ltd, during his visit to the NNPC Office in Hammersmith, London, where he met with the workers of both the London Office and NIDAS.

DSDP is a scheme through which NNPC sells crude oil directly to off-shore refiners and receive products from same in return.

A statement explained that Baru was elated by the giant profitability strides recorded by NNPC/NIDAS after it launched into international freight business.

He said: “I wish to commend NIDAS for beginning to make money for the NNPC.

I am particularly elated with the company’s performance which has seen it doing 15 voyages on clean petroleum products from October 2018, just four months after it resumed international freight business.”

He urged them to redouble their efforts towards sustaining the current tempo which he said, was in line with the profitability drive of the corporation.

NIDAS Ltd Managing Director, Mr. Lawal Sade, who spoke during the visit of the GMD, lauded Dr Baru for his support and efforts in revamping the company which he said, prior to the GMD’s assumption of office, had been moribund.

“Our recent modest successes wouldn’t have been possible without Dr. Baru’s support. We are truly inspired by this visit and we are ever ready to achieve the targets set for us by the NNPC Management,” he said.

He said the company would work harder to sustain the tempo by engaging and soliciting the support of sister NNPC’s outfits and international partners towards improving the corporation’s bottom-line.

Sade told the GMD that NIDAS had already signed Contract of Affreightment (COA) with BP and Socar for their DSDP clean cargoes, while discussions with Vitol, Mercuria and Petrocam are ongoing.

According to the MD, NIDAS has gradually started to find a good footing from the vessel fixing of last month as they were able to fix vessels below its competitors’ rate, which made some companies particularly Oando to come to NIDAS for a spot charter.

He observed that they were in the process of deploying IT facilities and software that will enable them monitor their ships on the high seas.

Established in 2007, NNPC/NIDAS is a fully-owned subsidiary of NNPC charged with the mandate of shipping clean petroleum products into Nigeria and West Africa.

 

Source: The Nation

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