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...

14 Aug 2021

In the 1990s, Nigeria’s position and leadership role in the West African sub-region saw it using the instrumentality of the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) to bring peace to Liberia after about seven years of civil war that left the country severely devastated and virtually destroyed. In 2011, the country spearheaded the “Operation Prosperity”, a co...

14 Aug 2021

The 10 pirates, each jailed 10 years with a fine of N200,000 last week by a Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi for hijacking a merchant vessel, FV Hailufeng II, on May 15, 2020, bring to 20 the number of pirates that have so far been convicted under the Suppression of Piracy and Other Maritime Offences (SPOMO) Act of 2019. They were convicted on a three-count charge that borders on pira...

22 Jul 2021

The relative success that has been recorded in the last five months in the fight against insecurity in the Nigerian maritime environment is proof of what could be achieved when a collaborative approach is adopted in tackling a common problem. It is evidence of the result of teamwork by stakeholders, with each playing its own role as a vital link in the chain or an important part of the w...

15 Jul 2021

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has responsibility for the promotion and development of indigenous commercial shipping in international coastal shipping trade; promotion of maritime security and safety, as well as maritime labour, and prevention of marine pollution. The agency also provides national maritime search and rescue; air and coastal surveillan...

08 Jul 2021

The reason underwriting firms around the world have given for the very high premium (the highest in the world) they place on cargoes coming to Nigeria has been the perception of the Gulf of Guinea as the most unsafe and least secure maritime environment in the world. This has seen Nigerians paying very exorbitant costs for imported goods and raw materials, for the simple reason that a...

03 Jul 2021

The title of this piece is the theme the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) chose for the celebration of the 2021 edition of the annual Day of Seafarers, which was held on Friday, June 25. The theme was chosen to increase the visibility of seafarers and draw global attention to the invaluable contributions they make to world trade. It was meant to underscore the need for them to h...