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STOAN says all concessioned terminals in Nigeria are ISPC Code-compliant

Princess Vicky Haastrup, STOAN Chairman

The Seaports Terminal Operators
Association of Nigeria (STOAN) has affirmed that all concessioned Nigerian
port’s terminals in the country are fully compliant with the provisions of the
International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code.

The STOAN Spokesman,
Mr Bolaji Akinola, made this known in Lagos on Wednesday, stressing that
the ISPS Code, which is being implemented under the auspices of the
International Maritime Organisation (IMO), is an amendment to the Safety
of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention (1974/1988) on minimum security arrangements
for ships, ports and government agencies.
“The
ISPS Code, which came into force in 2004, prescribes responsibilities to
governments, shipping companies, shipboard personnel and port/facility
personnel to detect security threats and take preventive measures against
security incidents affecting ships or port facilities used in international
trade.
“The private terminal
operators under the auspices of the association have made significant
investments in ensuring adequate security measures in their operational areas
in full compliance with the ISPS Code.

“The ISPS Code is an essential
maritime regulation for the safety and security of ships, ports, cargo and
crew.
“For
this reason, all private terminal operators at the six major port complexes
across the country do not take the responsibilities of ensuring adequate
compliance to the provisions of the Code lightly.
“We
have made and will continue to make significant financial investments toward
ensuring that every operational area assigned to us in the ports are well
secured,’’ Akinola said.
He
also explained that the terminal operators had invested significantly in
technology, patrol vehicles, perimeter fencing and adequate security personnel
in ensuring only authorised persons gained access to concessioned terminals.
Akinola
said that all the concessioned port terminals across the country had adequate
Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) coverage to monitor activities, even as they
maintained strict access control to human and vehicular movements.
The
STOAN spokesman commended the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the Nigerian
Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), the Designated Authority
(DA) for the implementation of the ISPS Code in Nigeria.
He
said that both government agencies had been working with the terminal operators
in ensuring that Nigerian ports remained compliant with the international port
security measures.
Akinola
appealed to the Federal Government to strengthen the Marine Police to effectively
patrol the port waterfronts to keep intruders at bay.
He
also applauded the NPA and the Nigerian Navy for working to ease the gridlock
on the port access roads in Lagos.
He appealed to the Federal Ministry
of Power, Works and Housing to hasten repair works on the Apapa-Oshodi
Expressway and the Ijora-Wharf Road to ease the pains of port workers, port
users and truck drivers plying the routes on daily basis.
“The
gridlock persists and there is need for a more drastic action on the part of
the Federal Government in addressing the problem.
“We
must reiterate the imperatives of good access roads, functional rail network
and truck parks as necessary long- term solutions to the present gridlock being
experienced in and around the port areas,” Akinola added.

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