16 Oct 2021

“Maritime Domain Awareness is where it all begins. We cannot conduct the operation that we must if we don’t have a good sense of what’s out there, moving on, above or under the sea.” – Admiral Gary Roughead, U.S Navy. Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) represents the range of knowledge of a very wide and all-encompassing subject matter crucial to the maritime security of any nation. It i...

09 Oct 2021

The effort by the current administration at the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to drive the paradigm shift from crude oil to the Blue Economy is informed by the need to seek alternative sources of revenue for the country to what has been the traditional source for decades. This is in line with the move by the federal government to diversify the nation’s ec...

04 Oct 2021

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is currently working to shift attention from crude oil as the main source of revenue for the country to what is known as the Blue Economy. This follows the relative success of the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure, otherwise known as the Deep Blue Project, which has brought about a drastic ...

04 Oct 2021

For quite some time now, efforts have been geared towards diversifying the nation’s economy to reduce, if not eliminate, total dependence on oil as source of revenue and foreign exchange for the country. In fact, there appears to be a national consensus that if such efforts being made today to diversify the national economy had started long before now, the exercise would have begun to be...

20 Sep 2021

The current administration at the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) came into office with a three-point agenda, or ‘Triple S’ programme of maritime security, maritime safety and shipping development. Total security has not yet been achieved, but to a large extent, there has been a noticeable reduction in the rate of piracy and other forms of criminality in the N...

11 Sep 2021

The Gulf of Guinea (GOG) where Nigeria is the dominant player accounting for more than 70 per cent of trade has for many years remained, in the eyes of the international maritime community, the most dangerous shipping area in the world, accounting for most of the maritime kidnappings globally. The negative consequences of this for Nigeria, its economy and its people are legion. The ec...

04 Sep 2021

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) performs the core functions of pursuing shipping development and regulatory matters relating to merchant shipping and seafarers; administration and regulation of shipping licences; administration, regulation and certification of seafarers; establishment of maritime training and safety standards, as well as regulation of safe...

27 Aug 2021

The year 2020 was a difficult one for the whole of humanity on account of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) that took the world by storm, disrupting lives and livelihoods. Reference to the pandemic in the past tense is in no way suggestive that it has been brought to an end. The world is still battling to contain the virus, especially the Delta variant that is proving difficult to manage, despi...

20 Aug 2021

There appears to be a misconception about the role of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) as regards revenue generation. Very often, people tend to lump NIMASA together with other federal government agencies whose statutory responsibility is either whole revenue generation or have that responsibility as part of their mandate. This stems from the lack of a c...

16 Aug 2021

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic took the world by storm in early 2020, unleashing a strange sickness and deaths on humanity, devastating economies, disrupting lifestyles, and generally bringing the world literally to its knees. The development forced countries around the world to go into lockdowns, mainly for the purpose of limiting the spread of the disease and put in place strategi...