NIMASA highlights it’s achievement in 2021 & Outlook for 2022

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The Director General, Dr. Bashir Jamoh (center) Director, Operations, Hammed Shuabu (left) and Executive Director, Maritime Law and Cabotage, Victor Ochei (right) during the media parley with Maritime journalists in the boardroom of agency today Friday January 2022 saying some of the achievements of the agency in terms of flag state control which has to do with survey and inspection of vessels in accordance with the safety requirements of the Merchant Shipping Act 2007,  said 489 vessels were surveyed in 2021 which is 43.6 percent higher than the total number of condition survey carried out in 2020 at 276 vessels.

 

The DG of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh said that this is an indication of the maritime administration’s seriousness in terms of flag state survey, noting that  for the port state control functions of NIMASA, a total of  429 foreign vessels were boarded to ensure that each vessel maintained safety, pollution standards while at our ports and waters

 

According to him, the total number of condition survey for flag registration conducted in 2020 was 276 , while in 2021 it was 489.

For the port state implementation, the 2021 figure as recorded was 675 vessels which is 24.2 % higher than the number of inspections carried out in 2020 of 510 vessels.

He stated that the agency has contributed N37.69 billion to the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) in 2021 adding that the N37.69 contribution was higher than N31.83 billion contributed by the agency in 2020.

“In 2020, the agency contributed to the consolidated revenue account by paying N31,839,917,978.20k. We went ahead to increase the amount we paid in 2021 with a total amount of N37,691,630, 450.22k.”

Jamoh said NIMASA was striving to strengthen its security mechanism, while enhancing revenue collection process to the Federal Government.

Nimasa DG disclosed that the agency has prepared to Privatize N50bn Modular Floating Dockyard While it recorded 489 Flag Registration Survey Of Ships In 2021

He reiterated that the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) plans are afoot for the privatisation of the moribund modular floating dockyard which will centre on Public Private Partnership (PPP).

 

According to him the apex maritime regulatory agency is commited to ensuring the revamping of the controversial floating dockyard.

Dr Jamoh stated that under condition survey, 489 vessels were surveyed in 2021 which is 43.6 percent higher than the 276 Vessels of condition survey carried out in year 2020.

Which according to him is an indication of the agency’s seriousness in terms of flag state survey despite the global pandemic challenges.

Meanwhile for the port state control functions of the agency, Jamoh hinted that 429 foreign vessels were boarded to ensure that each vessel maintained safety, pollution standards while at Nigeria ports and waters.

The figure of vessels recorded under port state implementation for the year under review stands at 675 which is 24.2 % higher than the 510 vessels inspections carried out in 2020.

The NIMASA boss also hinted on the worrisome number of failures recorded among Nigerian seafarers who sat for Certificate of Competency examinations in the year 2020.

He said that, in the officers cadre in 2020, 829 sat for the examination while total number of 264 candidates passed and certified forming a percentage of 32%.

He disclosed that the total number of 565 candidates failed which formed 68 percentage and making a total certificates revalidated for year 2021 to stand at 246.

According to Jamoh “You can see a very serious and negative figures in terms of our students seating for professional examinations of different certificates amounting to 68% failure”

He assured stakeholders of the maritime industry that the floating dock will be operational before the end of first quarter of 2022 .

“However, we don’t want to operate it by government or NIMASA alone but for Public Private Partnership. As usual,the issue of privatisation of any government property is not a product but a process.

Jamoh though declined to name the foreign players of the privatisation process,he  added that the Nigerian Ports Authority is a co partner in the process, with provision of its Continental Shipyard.

“We have been undergoing this process, and the DG ICRC was here for the first certificate ,telling us that privatisation of the floating dock is profitable,doable and they gave us the go ahead to do that.

“We have also gone ahead with the Managing partner and co pattern, which is the Nigerian Ports Authority NPA,with  the provision of Continental Shipyard

Dr Jamoh stressed that “We expect in no distance future maximum by February 2022, privatisation must be approved by the Federal Executive Council because it’s a national assets.

He said that the cost implications cannot be handled by the federal government alone pointing out that privatisation would future aid the floating dock operations, saying the foreign counterparts will be take up the class conditions before the usage  deployment.


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