The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency says it has installed Thorium-X tablet, a fuel consumption data collection device, on board a Nigerian-flagged fuel tanker vessel, MT KINGIS, commencing the process targeted at ending green-house gas emissions on vessels.
According to the agency, the pilot project, which came as fallout of the Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre conference held in Kenya in March, aims at reducing fuel consumption by vessels.
It added that the MTCC was targeted towards developing countries, and Nigeria was nominated for the pilot project.
The Director-General of NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside, who was represented by the Head of the Marine Environment Management Unit at NIMASA, Dr Felicia Mogo, stated, “NIMASA is ensuring that we are keeping to global best practices with a commendable track record in administration and regulation in the maritime sector.
“NIMASA was chosen to lead the project in Nigeria, being the chosen country in the West and Central Africa region. This pilot project will last a year. But the data will be reported to the Kenyan portal, then it goes to the International Martitime Organisation’s global portal after every voyage.