U.S. Coast Guard Backs NIMASA Security Efforts

MarineLink.com
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Photo: NIMASA

The United States Coast Guard has declared that the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is on the right path to the successful implementation of the International Ships and Ports Facility Security (ISPS) Code in Nigeria.

The leader of the U.S. Coast Guard team to Nigeria, Tivo Romero made this declaration at a meeting with members of the ISPS Code Implementation Committee in Nigeria on Friday in Lagos during a visit to NIMASA, the Designated Authority for ISPS Code implementation in Nigeria.

Romero, who disclosed that they visited six port facilities in the country during their two-week visit to Nigeria, said that they have noticed tremendous improvement since the last visit to the country.

He commended NIMASA for the outreach to facility operators: “I must commend the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency for its efforts so far. However, the United States Coast Guard will provide required technical assistance to ensure that infrastructural and legal instruments needed for effective implementation of the ISPS Code in Nigeria are put in place. I urge you all to see this project as a voyage which we have all embarked on, that must be concluded.”

Romero dismissed media reports that claimed that the United States Government would embargo vessels from visiting Nigerian ports noting that the U.S. Government is fully behind Nigeria as a strong business partner that requires desired partnership, a reason for which both countries would always continue to work together and to ensure adequate security in the maritime sector.

On his part, the Director General of NIMASA Ziakede Patrick Akpobolokemi expressed gratitude for the support so far to ensure compliance in Nigeria.

The Director General, who was represented by the Executive Director, Cabotage and Shipping Development, Barrister Callistus Obi noted that the implementation of the ISPS Code in Nigeria requires the support of all stakeholders. He urged port and terminal operators to see NIMASA as partners whose ultimate goal is to make their facilities a better and safer place for business.

It will be recalled that NIMASA was formally appointed the Designated Authority (DA) of the ISPS Code implementation with an official letter issued by the Ministry of Transport on May 21, 2013; the Agency immediately set out to institute a fresh implementation program as needed.

Since assumption as the DA for the Code implementation, NIMASA has dispatched competent Recognized Security Organizations (RSOs) to conduct security surveys and assessments aimed at identifying and correcting deficiencies and any other observed vulnerabilities.

The ISPS Code involved a continuous year to year inspection of Port Facilities in order to meet up with the required standard, as against an ad-hoc fire brigade exercise.

The U.S. Coast Guard team that visited Nigeria included technical experts whose report will be submitted to its headquarters for onward communication to Nigeria.

nimasa.gov.ng
 

Maritime Reporter June 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Ports

HHLA Creates 50 Jobs at Container Terminal Burchardkai

  Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) said it needs 50 additional commercial employees for the container terminal Burchardkai (CTB). The company continues

DMR Publish Latest Container Census Report

Drewry Maritime Research (DMR) says it has just published it's latest Container Census report, providing a wealth of information on the container equipment market.

2 Post Panamax Cranes for Port Freeport Arrive

Port Freeport announced the arrival of their two Post Panamax Cranes. “The Gantry cranes departed from Shanghai, China on May 7th and arrived at Port Freeport on July 19th,

Maritime Security

NYK Line Hosts Fleet Safety Conference

NYK says it has hosted a safety promotion conference for shipowners and ship-management companies at the NYK head office in Tokyo and at Imabari city in Ehime prefecture.

The Martitime Security Focus Is Shifting

Former Vice-Admiral and Commander-in-chief of the German Navy Hans-Joachim Stricker, President of the German Maritime Institute (DMI), believes that in terms of

Crew of USCG Cutter Thetis to Return today

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Thetis, a 270-foot medium endurance cutter based out of Key West, Florida, is scheduled to return to homeport Tuesday at 11:45 a.

News

DNV Type Approved Anchor Winch for the Arctic Prowler

JK Fabrication has landed DNV certification for its 40-30-3000-DNV series Anchor Winch. Culminating a two-year process, JK’s C-series winch was at last awarded

HHLA Creates 50 Jobs at Container Terminal Burchardkai

  Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) said it needs 50 additional commercial employees for the container terminal Burchardkai (CTB). The company continues

Condition-Based Engine Monitoring Systems for MAN B&W Engines

ClassNK to participate in a joint project together with Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. and MES Technoservice Co., Ltd. to support research into

Coast Guard

US Coast Guard Travelling Inspectors' Centenary

July 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the traveling inspection staff, originally created under the Steamboat Inspection Service. These travelers are highly

Pumps Reach Sinking Shrimper Just in Time

A commercial fishing vessel from Brownsville is slowly making its way back to port, thanks to some quick actions by its crew and Coast Guard units, informs the US Coastguard,

Charter Boat Crew Rescued in Gulf of Mexico

U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue crews worked throughout the night to find a missing charter boat with four people aboard as far as 70 miles off Galveston. A

Government Update

Mass Flow Metering System for MFO delivery in Singapore

As the world's leading bunkering port Singapore is to provide quality bunkering services to vessels lifting bunkers in the port. The use of the Mass Flow Metering

Iraq's Kurds Have Right to Sell Oil While Squeezed by Baghdad

Iraq's Kurdish region has the right to keep selling oil as long as the Baghdad government keeps cutting its budget, the head of the Kurdish parliament's energy committee said on Tuesday,

Russia, China May Develop Floating Nuclear Power Plants

Russia and the world's top energy user China may jointly develop six floating nuclear power plants (NPPs), Russia's nuclear export body said on Tuesday, a further

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Naval Architecture Navigation Pipelines Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1451 sec (7 req/sec)