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Nigeria Is Conforming To International Maritime Standards

Posted: Jul 7, 2015 at 1:38 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Andrew Airahuobhor,  Lagos


Member nations of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) run the risk of being blacklisted if they do not domesticate regulatory instruments. But Nigeria’s recent move to domesticating five IMO instruments makes the country to conform to international maritime standards, Chief executive officer of Kamany Maritime Services Limited, Charles Okorefe has said.

Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) recently in London, submitted instrument of assent to the Safety of Lives at Sea (SOLAS) Protocol 1988 (as amended); the Marine Pollution (MARPOL) Protocol of 1997; the Protocol of 2005 to the Suppression of Unlawful Acts (SUA) Convention 1988; Protocol of 1988 to the SUA Convention Against Fixed Platforms on the Continental Shelf and the Protocol of 1988 to the International Convention on Load Lines.

This was achieved through the collaboration of NIMASA being the focal point of all IMO conventions in Nigeria and the Federal Ministry of Transport (FMOT), in determined move to improve the safety of ships calling the nation’s seaports.

Nigerian high commissioner and permanent representative to the IMO, Dalhatu Sarki Tafida, presented the instruments to the IMO Secretary-General, on behalf of the Nigerian Government. This was borne out of the desire of the Federal Government to curb the menace of piracy and promote shipping activities in Nigeria and the Gulf of Guinea in line with international best practices.

According to Okorefe, domesticating these conventions means that the country has put measures in place to ensure safety of lives at sea and “This makes Nigeria to conform to international maritime standards.