NIGERIA SIGNS MOUS WITH 16 COUNTRIES TO RECOGNIZE SEAFARERS’ CERTIFICATES.

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Over the past three years, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has entered into Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with 16 countries to recognize the Certificate of Competency (CoC) and training of seafarers. These agreements, signed by Director-General Dr. Bashir Jamoh between 2020 and 2023, aim to provide international job opportunities for Nigerian CoC holders and address the global shortage of seafarers.

NIMASA has also achieved automation of the registration process for shipping companies/agents, resulting in certificates now containing QR codes for authentication. This advancement has eliminated issues of alleged fake certificates, enhancing integrity and accountability in the certification process.

The agency has made strides in the maritime world by ratifying six conventions that govern Nigeria’s maritime domain. These conventions cover various aspects such as training standards, pollution management, and passenger luggage carriage by sea.

Among the ratified conventions are the Hong Kong International Convention for Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships 2009, the International Convention on Standard of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F) 1995, and the Protocol Relating to Intervention on the High Seas in Cases of Oil Pollution Casualties (Intervention Protocol) 1973.

Furthermore, NIMASA has reviewed and finalized 49 regulations under the Merchant Shipping Act of 2007. These regulations focus on safeguarding the interests of indigenous professionals and investors in the maritime industry.

NIMASA has also collaborated with various organizations, including the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT), and the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), among others. The agency has actively educated and empowered judicial officers to handle admiralty cases effectively.

Regarding anti-piracy efforts, NIMASA played a significant role in implementing the Suppression of Piracy and Maritime Offences (SPOMO) Act in 2019. This has led to safer trading routes in the Gulf of Guinea and successful prosecution of piracy cases. Other maritime administrations are studying Nigeria’s SPOMO Act for its effective legal framework in combating piracy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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