services by sea, and the intention of the management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) on revitalising the National Ship Registry is laudable, clear and commendable.
It is my opinion that the intention is to reviltalise the ship registry for reliable support and efficient enough to attract Nigerian entrepreneurs and their partners to register their ships in Nigeria and fly our national flag in the ocean of the world, that we should move away from the embarrassing position of very low
tonnage in the comity of maritime nations and that we should create opportunities for Nigerians to grow in shipping technology, management and earn freight from the cargo we generate into the world market.
the committee with a view to developing the implementation plan of the recommendations.
also provide estimate cost of implementation, including schedules of funding as necessary. It should also provide the timeline. It should identify specific training needs and position, assessment methods, and all elements of good management of the registry
ship owning and flagging incentives, which is at the presidential level because the outcome of it will determine the success of registry.
fund, provide for cargo control, provide for possible partnership, and provide for responsibility for training and manpower development. Ships can be designed to trade, carrying cargo and trainee/cadets in such a manner that the generated freight earnings can offset significant cost of training.
position of development to commence the procedure of buying at least three training/trading ships with a well-defined foreign assistance.
Marine Engineer Olu Akinsoji is a one time Government Inspector of Shipping and pioneer
Nigerian Alternate Permanent Representative of Nigeria in the IMO.