Wrecks: NIMASA gives a week ul­ti­ma­tum to ship own­ers

Daily Trust - - MARITIME - By Olayemi R. Ibrahim

The Nige­rian Mar­itime Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has given a 7-day ul­ti­ma­tum to ship own­ers, oper­a­tors and gas com­pa­nies to re­move wrecks, dere­licts and aban­doned ves­sels in Nige­rian wa­ters or face the con­se­quence.

NIMASA, in a no­tice signed by its man­age­ment, stated that all own­ers of wrecks, aban­doned ships and dere­licts within Nige­rian wa­ters con­sti­tut­ing dan­ger to nav­i­ga­tion and en­vi­ron­men­tal haz­ards to Port Ter­mi­nals, wa­ter chan­nels and its en­vi­rons should re­move them within this stip­u­late time.

The Agency also stated that fail­ure by own­ers or their agents to com­ply with the or­der within the stip­u­lated pe­riod will com­pel the Agency to re­ceive and re­move same in ac­cor­dance with its statu­tory pow­ers as Re­ceivers of Wrecks in Nige­rian wa­ters un­der the Mer­chant Ship­ping Act, 2007.

The no­tice is in pur­suant to the Agency’s statu­tory man­date and re­spon­si­bil­ity over the safety of nav­i­ga­tion of ves­sel and se­cu­rity within the Nige­rian wa­ters as well as the pro­tec­tion of the mar­itime en­vi­ron­ment.

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