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AGAINST the backdrop of the near absence of a well-equipped Dry Dock yard in the country, Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency [NIMASA] has started preliminary work on the construction of a Dry Dockyard for the repair and maintenance of vessels in the country.

The commencement of preliminary work of the Dry Dockyard followed the approval of the project by Federal Executive Council.

IN line with what obtains in other maritime nations, it is now mandatory for vessels operating in the Nigerian maritime domain to pay Sea Protection Levy.

The revenue generated from the levy according to Barr. Emeka Akaebogu of the Akaebogu Associates would be used to offset costs in the event of any pollution related offence committed by the vessel owner.

Akaebogu who was speaking at a Breakfast meeting on Cabotage recently organized by Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency [NIMASA] said that some of the countries where such levy is paid include: Australia, Newzerland amongst others.

AGAINST  the backdrop of recent attempt to review the Cabotage Act 2004 by the National Assembly, provisions of the Act which is aimed at empowering indigenous shippers to trade along the coastal waters has been faulted by Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Sifax Group Dr. TaiwoAfolabi.
He described as unrealistic the provisions of the Act which stipulates that vessels should be built, registered, owned and manned by Nigerians.

THE illegal activities in the offshore is giving is giving the Federal government a source of concern as billions of Naira has been lost due to ship to ship transfer of crude oil by some shippers.

Apart from revenue denied government to develop the required infrastructural facilities, Dockworkers are not giving opportunity to get jobs.

The recent delivery of four well equipped boats to Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency [NIMASA] from Global West Vessel Specialists may no doubt provide interim solution.

THE success recorded in ports development in Nigeria has been attributed to the synergy between the public and private sector, former Managing Director Nigeria Ports Authority [NPA] Alhaji Abdulsalam Mohammed has said.

He made this remark at Investiture ceremony of current Managing Director of the Authority Engr. Omar Suleiman and Executive Vice Chairman of Sifax Group Barr. [Dr.] Taiwo Afolabi as Patrons of Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria and launching of Multipurpose Cooperative Society, held recently at Rockview Hotel, Lagos.  

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