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NIMASA encourages collective responsibility in search and rescue operation

The
Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency
(NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has said that Search and Rescue (SAR) operation
is a collective responsibility in the West and Central Africa Region and the
entire global maritime scene.

Peterside
was speaking during the opening ceremony of the 2nd Technical Session of the
Regional Maritime Rescue and Co-ordination Centre (RMRCC), comprising of the
West and Central Africa Sub-Region, that held in Lagos.
The
DG who was represented by the Head, Maritime Safety and Seafarers Standards
Department of the Agency, Engr. Femowei Abel reiterated the Agency’s commitment
to SAR operations in the region and called on other member states to support
the quest for safety and security in the Sub-Region.
“Shipping
is a global business and it is one of the activities that knit all economies in
the world together; so the need for safety of lives and security at sea as
highlighted by the IMO in its convention cannot be overstated” the DG said.
Earlier
in his address, the Chief Executive Officer of the International Maritime
Rescue Federation (IMRF), Mr. Bruce Reid disclosed that over 400,000 lives are
lost yearly to marine incidences globally and that collaboration between
maritime nations is very necessary in order to mitigate the scourge.
Mr.
Reid whose organisation is an independent body with consultative status with
the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) also commended Nigeria for her
coordinating role in SAR operations in the West and Central Africa Sub-Region
and pledged the readiness of the IMO to work with the region in areas of
challenges being faced.

Nigeria
hosts the Regional Maritime Rescue and Co-ordination Centre (RMRCC) for West
and Central Africa, which is saddled with the responsibility of coordinating
Search and Rescue operations in the region.

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