NIMASA commences process to end gas emission on vessels

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As part of efforts to end green-house gas emissions from vessels, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) on May 10 had an inaugural installation of a fuel consumption data collection device known as the Thorium-X tablet, on board a Nigerian-flagged fuel tanker vessel, named MT KINGIS.

The pilot project came as fallout of the Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre (MTCC) conference held in Kenya in March, aimed at reducing fuel consumption by vessels. It was also targeted at developing countries, and Nigeria was made a priority and nominated for the pilot project.

Speaking at the ceremony, Dakuku Peterside, director-general of NIMASA, reiterated the Agency’s commitment to global best practices in the execution of its mandate of regulating the maritime industry.

Peterside, who was represented by Felicia Mogo, head of the Marine Environment Management Unit at NIMASA, said the agency is ensuring that Nigeria keep to global best practices with a commendable track record in administration and regulation in the maritime sector.

“NIMASA was chosen to lead the project in Nigeria, being the chosen country in the West and Central Africa region.  This pilot project will last a year but the data will be reported to the Kenyan portal, then it goes to the IMO global portal after every voyage,” he said.

“Reports will be collated and sent after a three-month period. The findings and analysis are then recorded and reported at the end of the year to inform the country the amount of fuel being consumed annually on each voyage and how much GHG is being emitted,” he added.
The launch of the fuel consumption data collection device is in line with the decision of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to reduce fuel consumption by vessels as well as Green House Gases (GHG) and
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NIMASA grows Nigerian-owned Cabotage vessels by 33% to 125 in 2018

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Following its zero tolerance on granting manning waivers, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) increased the number of vessels owned by Nigerians by 33 percent between January-June 2018, says NIMASA 2018 half year report.

The number of vessels registered by the agency to fly the Nigerian flag rose to 125 from the 94 vessels registered in 2017, according to the report.

According to the half-year report released by the agency, which was sighted by BusinessDay, vessels manned by Nigerians within the period under review also increased as a total of 2,840 Nigerian officers and ratings were recommended to be placed on-board Cabotage vessels in 2018.

This represents a 58 percent increase as against 1,789 Nigerian seafarers recommended by the agency to be placed on-board Cabotage vessels in the same period in 2017.

With this, there seems to be an increase in indigenous participation on Cabotage vessels manning, ownership building and registration, and NIMASA attributed this gradual growth to zero tolerance on granting manning waivers.

Also, within the period under review, the agency also introduced electronic software for vessels monitoring and investigation especially monitoring vessels on Nigerian territorial waters.

Commenting, Dakuku Peterside, director-general of NIMASA, said the agency had been able to improve interface with the Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) leading to a harmonised marine vessel categorisation standards to deliver a common database. “We have increased Port State and Flag State inspections leading to significant reduction of sub-standard vessels on our waters,” he said.

“In the past two years, we have increased the number of vessels surveyed to ensure compliance to Flag State or Port State vessels. There has been tremendous increase, which has more than doubled, compared to what used to happen in the past,” said Peterside in a recent

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NIMASA in talks with Customs, Finance Ministry on special tariff for vessel acquisition

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The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has disclosed plans by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and the Ministry of Finance to create a special tariff for vessel acquisition. Dakuku Peterside, director-general of NIMASA, stated this on the sidelines of the ongoing Oil Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, Texas, USA.
“The high cost of vessel acquisition is gradually edging out a lot of indigenous players in the maritime sector,” Peterside said, adding that NIMASA was going all out to reverse the trend.
He explained that the agency was already in talk with the NCS and the Finance Ministry to ensure that a special tariff window was created for vessel acquisition, as part of efforts to build capacity and create jobs for Nigerians in the maritime sector.
He decried the situation whereby foreign vessels pay a paltry 1 percent for temporal import permit to bring vessels into the country to do their business and go away, and their indigenous counterparts who were not operating the vessel on temporal basis pay 13 percent was a disincentive to local operators.
‘‘The maritime sector is a capital intensive one and the cost of accessing fund is equally high. So, to encourage our indigenous players to compete favourably with their foreign counterparts, we must ensure that we crash the cost of doing business. And that is why we are engaging the Customs and the Finance Ministry on a special tariff for vessel acquisition.’’
He disclosed that talks are at an advanced stage by NIMASA and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to arrange a single digit interest rate for vessel acquisition.
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