Association of Marine Engineers and Surveyors (AMES) in Nigeria has said it
would ensure that only certified sea-worthy ships are acquired into Nigeria.
|President of AMES, Engr. Charles Uwadia|
the association, Engr. Charles Uwadia, stated this in an interview with newsmen
initiative would be among key issues for discussion at the association’s
Maritime Technical Summit themed ‘Challenges of Maritime Transport Industry in
Nigeria,’ on April 21 at the Lagos Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja.
policy makers in this respect would be exposed to the demands and requirements
needed, which must be complied with in ship acquisition as obtainable
the large number of ships abandoned at the bar due to failure to meet up prescribed
standards for operational purposes, while highlighting the importance of
compliance and verification in sustainable maritime practice.
|Engr. Olu Akinsoji|
“We want to
use this summit to advise stakeholders, the government on how to
vessels to eliminate sub-standard vessels on our waters.
outside bar, you will be surprised at the number of vessels that cannot move or
those that are sub-standard because they cannot meet the minimum standard
required for a vessel to be operational.”
on regulatory authorities concerned to be alive to their responsibility to
ensure minimum standards are met, to avoid down time in the course of
operations at sea.
it was important that Nigeria upheld the professional practice of engaging competent
marine engineers and ship surveyors for survey reports before any ship would be
allowed into the country.
him, Ghana as a country has recorded excellence by ensuring a mandatory report
by a professional marine engineer or surveyor from the country’s marine
civilised country, the first thing should be to get a competent marine engineer
or a good ship surveyor to go and inspect the vessel and give a honest report
before it is purchased.
not be the case of getting the seller to give you a surveyor for the job, who
will give a report to ensure that the owner sells his ware, as it has always
practises, when not checked, make people buy vessels that cannot even leave the
port because they are scraps,” he said.
speaking, Engr. Olu Akinsoji, said the
summit would address issues in human capacity development for the sub-sector as
the present crop of marine engineers are aging and would require competent
summit would also consider the need to have professionals drive the policies
for the sub-sector, for technical input to make it useful to its purpose.
have input into policy formulation. All the professionals, our colleagues who
were in the ministry have all left; even the inland waterways have left the
only has administrative officers. So, when they are formulating policies, it
comes out in form of laws before we even know something is going on.”
the association would also deliver papers to educate the stakeholders on the
importance of having marine engineers play key roles in the executing agencies,
as well as equipment maintenance.