The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has been commended by the Lagos Coordinator, Nigerian Ship Owners Association (NISA), Capt Taiwo Akinpelumi for its bold move towards the full implementation of the Cabotage Act, 2003.
This remark was made when Capt. Akinpelumi led NISA members to the agency, stressing that the NISA as a vibrant body was interested in the success of the Cabotage Act, and was happy to note NIMASA’s new decision being expressed through the New Cabotage Compliance Strategy (NCCS).
He stated that NISA as a body shares in the vision of the regulatory body to reposition the maritime sector for greater efficiency and productivity, hence the call for continuous partnership so that they as professionals can bring to the table their professional expertise in assisting NIMASA realize its full mandate.
According to him, “ship owners are the essence of NIMASA, without ship owners there will be no NIMASA and without NIMASA, there will be no ship owners. So we have a reason to interact even a lot more than we are doing and that is why we are here”, Captain Taiwo stated, expressing NISA’s determination to collaborate fully with the agency on Cabotage implementation. NIMASA is there for us and we are there for NIMASA. We are the two wings of the bird because no bird can fly with only one wing”.
Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside appreciated the role of ship owners to the maritime sector, describing them as key players to the sustenance and survival of the Nigerian maritime sector.
He also assured NISA that aside from Cabotage, the NIMASA will look at areas of having exclusivity for Nigerian ship owners. “We will look at the MoU we had with NISA many years ago and review it and look at the possibility of revisiting it. We are pushing it back to you as a task and we believe that you will come with very useful suggestions on the way forward”, the DG said.
Only recently, NIMASA announced a New NIMASA Cabotage Compliance Strategy (NCCS) meant to encourage indigenous participation, by suspending waiver on applications on vessel manning for prescribed categories of officers in vessels engaged in coastal trade.