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ISPS Code Compliance: NIMASA hammers erring facilities

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety
Agency (NIMASA) has taken stern measures against
some facilities over failure to comply with the provisions of the International Ships and
Ports Facility Security (ISPS) code

NIMASA named the erring facilities to include: Heyden Petroleum Jetty, Index Petroleum Oil Jetty, Waziri Jetty
operated by Hemsmor Nigeria Limited, NIPCO in Lagos, while the Pinnacle Oil and
Gas Petroleum, Warri, Delta State was also affected by the action.
Speaking during the
exercise which lasted for about three hours, the Head of the ISPS Code Unit of
the Agency, Captain Elei Green Igbogi
, noted that the
affected jetties were given adequate notice to correct the anomalies
identified, but they did not, hence the Agency has no other option, but to seal
the facilities until they implement the minimum ISPS Code standards.
He stated further
that the sealed facilities have failed to implement physical and operational
security measures in their premises which pose a great danger to the ships that
call at their jetties and their facilities. In addition to this, they have also
failed to pay fines imposed on them.
Captain Igbogi noted
that the Agency worked with the Recognised Security Organisation (RSO) and
identified the physical and operational gaps in the facilities and they were
duly advised to take corrective measures as stated in part VIII (3) of the ISPS
Code regulations.
Dr. Dakuku Peterside led Management of NIMASA is committed to ensuring strict
compliance to the provisions of the ISPS Code with the aim of achieving 100 per
cent implementation so that vessels calling at our ports can be assured of
safety. And to achieve this, every segment of the sector must embrace
international best practices in its day to day activities. When all facilities
are compliant it is for the good of all; as security is very crucial in
realizing a robust maritime sector
,” Capt. Green said.
It would be recalled that the Agency was appointed as the Designated
Authority (DA) for ISPS Code implementation in Nigeria in 2013 and has since
raised the bar from barely 13 per cent to over 90 per cent in terms of
implementation and compliance.
Also, part VIII of the
ISPS Code implementation regulations 2014 gives the Agency the powers to impose
fines, withdraw maritime services and also to close down any erring facility
that consistently violates the rules and regulations. 

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