says the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency(NIMASA) has performed impressively as the Flag State
Administration, which is the Designated Authority in the implementation of the
International Ship and Port Facility Security(ISPS) Code.
implementation in Nigeria at a one-day seminar on ISPS Code organised by the
Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN) in Lagos at the weekend.
Administration and the Designated Authority for the implementing the ISPS
Code, I think they have done extremely
well when you consider the damages that have been done before they took over.
The responsibility as related to implementation is enormous.”
of the code even though the implementation date was fixed for July 2004, when
Nigeria domesticated the ISPS Code.
because the committee set up for the purpose got it wrong, adding that the
problem however got solved when all nations that endorsed the code were
required to identify the government Designated Authority.
implementation became so problematic.
endorsed the ISPS code, there was publication by the government identifying the
government Designated Authority.
the Flag State Administration, which in our own case is NIMASA,” he said.
Maritime Organisation (IMO) had been undertaking
amendment of the code to improve port security locally.
port facility, which generally means a section of the port that interfaces with
ships on international voyages.
guide against loopholes that could lead to attacks, and that with the
assessment, a port facility plan is ordered and kept by the Flag State so that
in case something is happening in that facility they know how to handle it.
effort was the endorsement of schools to training of the human elements
required, and the professionalism involved in inspection of ships coming into
Nigeria, to ascertain compliance.
the nation, to ensure that they are in compliance with ISPS Code has been good.
They have done the port state inspection to ensure that ships coming in are
compliant with the regulations.
going on around the world. They are abreast with other international safety
regulations affecting the ship,” Omoteso said.
Security Officer of Greenview Terminal, said the terminal was operating under a
high security level, in order to comply with regulations of the ISPS Code.
was restricted because the port should only be for genuine businesses.
port is not a place that you come for the sake of it; the port is a place where
you come and do a genuine business,” Umanah said.
every stakeholder to make security a top priority.