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NIMASA set to bar unregistered vessels from Cabotage operations by 2021


Abiola Seun    |  

By January 2021, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) said it will ban companies engaged in Cabotage trade in Nigeria if they fail to register all vessels used in coastal and inland waters trade.

The agency, who gave a three month ultimatum, said it would notify relevant government authorities and International Oil Companies (IOCs) to bar vessels without valid Cabotage certificates.

According to a statement by the Deputy Director, Public Relations, Philip Kyanet over the weekend, he said in addition to registration in the applicable Special Register for Cabotage Vessels and Ship Owning companies, and obtaining the Certificate of Cabotage Registration/License, operators with expired registration certificates are to ensure the renewal of their Cabotage Operational Certificate/License for all Cabotage vessels within three months.

Kyanet, who quoted the Director General of the NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh after the Agency released a Marine Notice to announce the decision, disclosed that the notice was part of efforts to ensure strict enforcement of the Coastal and Inland Shipping (Cabotage) Act 2003 and Guidelines on Implementation of the Coastal and Inland Shipping (Cabotage) Act 2003.

Jamoh reiterated that the Cabotage Act provided that every vessel intended for use in domestic trade must be duly registered by the Registrar of Ships.

The DG stated, “The law provides that every vessel intended for use under the Cabotage Act must be duly registered in the appropriate register and the operational certificates be renewed annually. We are out to ensure strict implementation of NIMASA’s mandate under the law.
“Ultimately, our intention is to build and continue to enhance the capacity of Nigerians in the shipping industry in line with relevant international regulations.”

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