the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has improved a
number of its resources to further manage the marine environment, particularly
in prevention of marine pollution from shipping activities.
Dakuku Peterside, disclosed this in Lagos on Friday, while briefing newsmen on
some of the agency’s achievements for the year 2019.
the Marine Pollution Laboratory to an internationally accepted modern. This
will take care of the laboratory analysis aspects of the relevant IMO Marine
Environment Conventions (such as the Oil Pollution Preparedness and Response
Cooperation (IOPC) Ballast Water Convention, Anti-Fouling Systems (AFS) when
completed,” the NIMASA DG said.
responsibility, NIMASA has put in place global standard architecture for the
detection and tracking of dangerous goods that may be shipped into the country.
said: “NIMASA has developed an International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG)
portal and installation of exact Earth and Hazcheck Systems software for
tracking of dangerous goods in Nigeria.
of chapter 7 of the Safety of Life At Sea (SOLAS) Convention and Annexes 2 and
3 of MARPOL Convention. The identified
gaps in the management of chemicals and hazardous wastes management in the
maritime domain had been addressed.”
area of managing and maintaining the country’s marine environment by engaging
the services of marine litter marshals, in its determination to ensure cleaner
oceans safe for navigation.
International Maritime Organisation (IMO) sulphur limits of 0.5 % for ship
fuel, Dr. Peterside said NIMASA was strategically engaging relevant
stakeholders including the Department of
Petroleum Resources(DPR), the NNPC Refinery, the Nigeria Customs Service, Ship
Owners and ship-owning companies to that effect.
we have available fuel that meets that international condition, including the
standard operating procedure of Nigeria, so that if you are importing fuel to
be used as ship bunker, it must meet that condition.
enforcement regime; we are building the capacity of our own people in-house to
enforce the new regime. We are very serious about the new sulphur content
unit-cap regime in 2020.”
recorded remarkable performance in its Port State and Flag State functions,
just as it did in the certification of seafarers.
Certificate of Competence (CoC) certifying more seafarers in the last two years
than it did in the previous three years.
registry, Dr. Peterside said the target is to ensure attainment of international certification standards
and be able to compete favourably with the best in the global maritime
shipping development, NIMASA introduced what it called the Final Billing System,
which helped to address the issues of double billing and over/under billing
with the creation of a platform for dispute resolution.
ensures appropriate closure on all vessel transactions within a period of two
weeks after departure. This has led to improved customer satisfaction.”
NIMASA has maintained levels of relevant collaborations to build and maintain a
strong security architecture to prevent attacks and ensure protection of lives
and businesses operating in the sector.
Corporate Dinner and Merit Awards planned for January 18th, Dr.
Peterside said that the event, holding at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victorial Island Lagos, would attract the global maritime community to
come and celebrate excellence by different industry stakeholders in Nigeria.
be recognized and honoured accordingly for remarkable performances on the job,
Dr. Peterside added.