.NIMASA gets accolade for efforts in wreck removal, as DG pledges to further improve on performance
(TRADE NEWSWIRE): Owners of ship wrecks has been urged to cooperate with the management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to facilitate wrecks removal from the nation’s water for safe navigation and prevention of marine pollution, TRADE NEWSWIRE reports.
The former Chairman of Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority (OGFZA), Dr. Chris Asoluka, a player and Stakeholder in the maritime sector gave this advice in Lagos recently, while commending the outstanding efforts of NIMASA under the leadership of an Astute Management Professional, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, in engendering safe navigation of ships through removal of wrecks in the Nigerian waters.
(Ship wreck removal): Is the removal of abandoned ships lying in the sea for safe navigation and prevention of marine pollution.’ Ship’ in this context, according to the ‘Wreck Removal Convention’ is a seagoing watercraft of any kind which includes hydrofoil boats, air-cushion vehicles, submersibles, floating craft and floating platforms. Most of the coastal states require owners of ship wrecks and liability insurers to pay for the removal.
“According to Dr. Asoluka who stated that abandoned wrecks pose danger to navigation and safety of lives and properties on the nation’s territorial ways, he called on owners of abandoned wrecks to co-operate with the Management of NIMASA by removing them promptly, in order to ensure a safe and secured maritime environment,” the statement reads in part.
Reacall that the NIMASA DG, who is also the Chairman of the Association of Heads of African Maritime Administrations (AAMA), had in mid January 2017, stated that the Agency was working closely with the Federal Ministry of Transportation to review the process of wreck removal on the nation’s territorial waterways, especially the ones on the channels, as they pose great danger in our waterways.
In a statement obtained by TRADE NEWSWIRE from the Head, Corporate Communications, NIMASA, Isichei Osamgbi, the NIMASA DG noted that a marine notice had been issued by the Agency to that effect and anyone who refused to comply with the notice would have his or her wrecks removed forcefully and might also face litigation, added that it was in line with the Agency’s enabling Act and international protocol on wrecks removal.
“The Nairobi convention provides for the process via which a ship can be declared a wreck; NIMASA as a law abiding Agency had been following the law diligently and we will continue to do so”, the DG assured.
Peterside also used the opportunity to assure Stakeholders of the Agency’s resolve to continue to improve the maritime sector for better performances in line with international best practices.
It may be recalled that the NIMASA DG had previously stated that wreck removal process became inevitable, in order to enhance the efficiency of the process.
It should be noted that Section 22 (1) (n) of the Act enabling NIMASA empower the Agency to remove and receive wrecks.