NIMASA Moves to Boost Implementation of Cabotage Law

Oge Obi
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), has announced the introduction of a new NIMASA Cabotage Compliance Strategy (NCCS) in the country. According to the Agency, the new policy is aimed at facilitating a better coastal and inland trade regime; secure jobs for qualified Nigerians in the maritime sector.

The Agency’s spokesman, Isichei Osamgbi quoting NIMASA Director-General, Dr. Dakuku Peterside said that with the NCCS, the agency would no longer consider applications for granting of waiver on manning for prescribed categories of officers in vessels engaged in cabotage trade.

“The era of foreigners taking over jobs that Nigerians are qualified for in the maritime sector is over. The NCCS will point a new direction to our cabotage regime as the agency will no longer consider application for waiver on manning requirements for vessels engaged in coastal trade.

“This is with regards to 2nd officer, 2nd engineer, 2nd mate, down to able seamen, ratings and stewards, he said.

According to the NIMASA boss, special applications for captains, chief engineers, chief officers, and 1st mate, in the absence of qualified Nigerians, would be considered on merit. Adding that the essence of the move was to ensure that Nigerians are not deprived of the jobs they are duly qualified for.

“It is on the condition that such an organisation will plan to train a Nigerian and make a transition plan to ensure that the Nigerian takes over the job within one year, he said.

The DG pledged that NIMASA would continue to work closely with stakeholders to support and promote indigenous participation in the Nigerian maritime sector.

He further advised all relevant government agencies and International Oil Companies (IOCs) to collaborate with the agency in harnessing opportunities available in the nation’s maritime.

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