…as IMO and Abuja MoU partner to host capacity building workshop

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, has called for the harmonisation of  the Port State Control inspection procedures for West and Central Africa in order to strengthen Maritime Safety within the region. 

He made this call in Lagos while addressing Chief Executives of Maritime Administrations signatory to the Abuja MoU at a workshop organised by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on Port State Control for West and Central African Region.

L-R: Mr. Shehu Ahmed, ED, Operations NIMASA, Capt Sunday Umoren, Secretary General, Abuja MoU, Mr Mohammed Bello Koko, MD Nigerian Ports Authority, Mrs Mfon Usoro, immediate past Secretary General Abuja MoU

Dr. Jamoh, who was represented by the Agency’s Executive Director, Operations, Mr. Shehu Ahmed, stressedd the importance of effective Port State Control systems to the efficient running of member states Maritime Administrations 

His words;

“As we all know, Port State Control provisions are featured in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) provision under the duties and responsibilities of Flag states, Coastal states and Port states and it is also highlighted under enforcement in all major IMO and some ILO conventions.

This function entails the enforcement of applicable conventions of the IMO and ILO that have been cascaded down to us as signatory states for domestication through our national laws.”He added that: “It would interest you to know that NIMASA executes four legal instruments in keeping with our international obligations – The Merchant Shipping Act; the NIMASA Act; the Cabotage Act and the most recent being the SPOMO Act for the suppression of piracy and other maritime offences”, the DG stated. 

He expressed NIMASA’s commitment to Abuja MoU especially with its focus on the reduction of substandard ships, curbing marine pollution and ensuring good working conditions of crew of ships plying or trading within the region.  

Jamoh also called on the 22member countries of the Abuja Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (Abuja MoU) to improve on their financial contributions to the organisation.

Speaking at the event was the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Magdalene Ajani, who represented the Vice Chairman of Abuja MoU and Honourable Minister of Transportation, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, commended the organisers of the training/workshop stating that capacity development is the most critical resource of all.

Delivering his speech, the Secretary General of the Abuja MoU, Captain Sunday Umoren stated that continuous capacity building and networking initiatives is necessary to gain the support of top maritime administrations (MARADS) and promote productive working relationships.

He disclosed that only 14 countries out of the 22 member states are presently conducting inspections in the region, and called for  an effective inspection regime which  focuses on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW). 

He added that compliance to set standards and not detentions of ships, is the appropriate parameter for measuring Port State Control efficiency.

TNMN reports that the Abuja MoU is one of the nine Regional MoUs and one national MoU established pursuant to IMO Resolution A.682(17) of 1991. The Organization operates under a Cooperative Agreement with the IMO and was established on October 22, 1999 as an intergovernmental body comprising maritime administrations of countries abutting the Atlantic Coast.

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