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...

23 Jun 2021

There has been a significant reduction in the rate of piracy on Nigeria’s maritime environment since February 2021, when the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) rolled out the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure, popularly known as the Deep Blue Project. This should ordinarily be cheering news to maritime stakeholders in Nigeria, i...

18 Jun 2021

The Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), popularly known as the Deep Blue Project, has finally become a reality. With its official inauguration by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, June 10, 2021, the process of fully guaranteeing the safety and security of Nigeria’s maritime space, i...

03 Jun 2021

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is statutorily responsible for the country’s maritime safety administration, maritime labour regulations, marine pollution prevention control, search and rescue operation and Cabotage enforcement. Other responsibilities of the Agency are shipping development and ship registration; training and certification of seafarers, as ...

27 May 2021

One of the statutory responsibilities of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is to keep Nigeria’s waters, especially the country’s exclusive economic zones, safe and secure. This is necessary to enable the country to participate fully in, and derive optimal benefits from the maritime arm of international trade, having lost substantially over the years due to i...

24 May 2021

The maritime environment is a very peculiar one. The large expanse of water that could stretch for thousands of kilometers allows for unfettered movement of vessels, with very little risk of accidents on routes that are free of relics and wrecks. It is also full of risks. The same seemingly endless sea, as well as rivers and waterways that allow for free movement of vessels, also provide...

14 May 2021

The Leading Maritime Capitals of the World Report looks at cities that provide the best support services for companies that operate in the maritime sector. The 2019 edition of the report published one year ago by Menon Economics in collaboration with DNV GL highlighted the five pillars of ranking for the report. These are shipping; ports and logistics; attractiveness and competitiveness;...