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NIWA, Sea School, boat operator collaborate on safety awareness for passengers

Seacoach floating jetty at CMS
The Seacoach Ferry operators says it is collaborating
with the National Inland Waterways Authority(NIWA) and the Sea School, Lagos,
to create safety awareness for passengers who travel by water.

Prof. Adebayo Otitoloju, the Country Director of the
Seacoach Ferry Nigeria, disclosed this in an interview in Lagos.

He said the company took safety seriously and would
continue to create necessary safety awareness to passengers, even though they
understood the basic safety measure   of
using life-jacket..

“We are organising training with the National Inland
Waterways and the Sea School, to raise the level of the passengers’ safety awareness. 

“Although, the people are getting used to the need to
conform to the safety measures that as really required by using their

“But we are aware and want the passengers to be too,
that safety comes first in this operation,” he said.

The  Seacoach
Country Director  said that their
operations had recorded high patronage because the passengers felt safe seeing
the safety features of their ferryboats.

“The patronage has been unprecedented because the
passengers have seen all the safety features that are in this boat and they
feel safe travelling in it.

“This is actually a cocked-boat, meaning that it cannot
sink because of the cocked materials used in making the boat.
“This means the boat will always float at any point in
time, which is a major safety ingredient for this particular boat,” he explained.

Otitoloju said the boat captain would never be saddled
with the challenge of looking out to ensure it was on course since the boat had
modern navigational system for accurate mapping.

The ferryboat operations cover CMS to Ikorodu and CMS
to Apapa at the moment.
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