Lecturer at the Federal Colege of Fisheries and Marine Technology, Lagos, says
the ‘grace period’ given for single hull tankers to operate in Nigeria was not
Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
and Safety Agency (NIMASA) had in April extended the phase out period of single
hull tanker to 2020 from an original 2015 deadline.
was to allow the ship-owners some time to replace their fleets.
ship-owners the opportunity of participating in any trade outside of Nigeria.
international standard? That has been part of the problem that we have had over
run substandard ships; this is largely caused by corruption that is in our
ships, but there is a lot of connivance that go on underground.
they make a lot of money and when they bring the ship back to Nigeria to come
and work, because they have made some money already from buying those scrap
ships, they don’t even want to run their ships in a professional manner.
that it will be phased out, we should have a template that we are following.
the global trend in maritime.”
able to work with international shippers who bring in petroleum products if
they still operated single hull tankers by the original deadline.