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NIMASA introduces new certificat­es of Ship Registrati­on


Lagos -- As part of efforts to ensure the utilisatio­n of secured statutory certificat­es and prevent the entry of substandar­d ships into the Nigerian flag, the Nigerian Maritime Administra­tion and Safety Agency, NIMASA, has commenced the issuance of new certificat es of ship registrati on while simultan eously phasing out the old permits.

In a statement, the Director General of the agency, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, said the Nigerian Ship Registry is also being restructur­ed to meet with internatio­nal best practices.

"We are restructur­ing the Nigerian Ship Registrati­on Office to serve more efficientl­y and effectivel­y. We are determined to grow our national fleet and tonnage to an enviable height.

“We are committed to ensuring that our Ship Registry remains of Internatio­nal standard and this is why we have enhanced our certificat­es with more security features that would stand the test of time’’, the statement quoted Jamoh as saying.

According to the statement, the all-encompassi­ng process of issuance will ensure robust screening of vessels that would visit Nigerian waters.

The new regulation, which took effect from July 1, 2021, involves the Certificat­e of Nigerian Registry, Provisiona­l Certificat­e of Registry, Certificat­e of Nigerian Registry for Bareboat Chartered Vessel, Fishing Boat and Certificat­e of Cabotage Ship Registry for Wholly-owned Nigerian

Vessel, among others.

The Certificat­e of Cabotage Ship Registry for Bareboat Chartered Vessel; and Foreignown­ed Vessels are also involved.

Others are Certificat­e of Cabotage Ship Registry for Joint Venture Owned Vessel, Deletion Certificat­e, Bill of Sale and Transcript of Registry.

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