clampdown on erring vessels.
Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA has commenced clampdown on
vessels that do not comply with the provisions of the Cabotage Compliance
Strategy introduced in 2018 to ease the implementation of the Cabotage Act
2003 in Nigeria.
Dakuku Peterside, said the Agency would no longer encourage the application
of any form of waivers under the Cabotage Act, particularly from the oil firms
operations as such does not help the growth of the Nigerian maritime sector and
economy at large.
forbid foreign vessels operating in our territorial waters save for compliance
with the Cabotage Act. There shall be no sacred cow when we commence clampdown
on erring vessels. We want to increase the number of Nigerians who participate
in the marine aspect of your business and we are working closely with the
Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) to have a joint
categorization of vessels operating under the Cabotage Act in order to ensure
the full implementation of the Act,” he said
Tanker, MT NAVIGATOR CAPRICORN, which is a Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)
Carrier has been approved for contravening sections of the Cabotage Act.
October 2018 and all infractions of Cabotage non-compliance were noted and
communicated accordingly to the charterer/Owners representatives with a 90 days
grace period to comply.
noteworthy that Owners made undertaking to remedy the notable infractions when
the vessel was issued a detention warning in October 2018.
the owners and charterers of the vessel on the need to comply with the laws of
the land, MT NAVIGATOR CAPRICORN has been moved to Lagos Anchorage to allow
space for other LPG vessels to discharge at the NOJ Jetty.
had led members of his team to meet with the Oil Producers Trade Sector (OPTS)
in Lagos where he urged industry players to draw up a five-year strategic plan
for the cessation of application for Cabotage waiver and also pursue the
utilization of Nigerian-owned vessels for marine contracts.
2018, NIMASA introduced a new Compliance Strategy for Cabotage Implementation
in Nigeria to ensure full implementation of the Cabotage Act, 2003 to secure
jobs for qualified Nigerians in the maritime sector.
suspended considerations for applications of grant of waiver on manning for
prescribed categories of officers in vessels engaged in Cabotage trade.
Agency no longer consider application for grant of waiver on manning
requirements for vessels engaged in coastal trade with regards to 2nd officer,
2ndengineer, 2nd mate down to able seamen, ratings and stewards.
Chief Engineers, Chief Officers, First Mate in the absence of qualified
Nigerians are considered on merit, but on the condition that such organization
make plan to train a Nigerian and put in place a transition plan to ensure that
the Nigerian takes over the job within one year.
ensure that Nigerians are not deprived of the jobs due them on showing
requisite qualifications for the job.