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NIMASA advocates zero tolerance to marine accidents

Dr. Dakuku Peterside, DG NIMASA

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and
Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has urged players in the maritime
sector especially enforcement officers to comply with safety rules that would
eliminate marine accidents and other related issues that may arise from marine
operational mishandling.

 The DG made this known at the opening of the Annual Maritime
Administration and Safety Enforcement (MASE) HSE Workshop with the theme:
Maritime Enforcement Safety: Current Global Benchmarks organised by the Agency
in conjunction with Heritage Bank which held in Lagos.
According to him “ I am happy that we are focusing on Health
Safety and Environment most importantly the safety of those who enforce rules
and regulations.  As a safety administration we are not going to be
held by local standards because operational safety especially when it comes to
the maritime sector has to conform to global standards and this is what we are
preaching in NIMASA”
Speaking further Dr. Dakuku said that as part of the Agency’s
mandate to ensure safety and security of vessels visiting and leaving the
nation’s territorial waters, it is also the responsibility of the Agency to
ensure the safety of those who work on board vessels and offshore platforms as
well as those who create support services from the shore to for maritime
activities thrive.
In his words, “Our goal is to see a maritime sector devoid of
avoidable accidents due to lack of professional enforcement. This is why we
have reviewed our enforcement drive to give proper attention to Health Safety
and Environmental guidelines for the benefit of everyone participating in the
He charged enforcement officers to be safety conscious whenever
they are carrying out their routine inspections adding that they must ensure
that inspections and enforcement are done in such a manner that no life is put
at risk.
Dr. Dakuku further stated that the training will provide hands-on
safety procedures, which aid the maritime enforcement team carry out their
responsibilities under the NIMASA Act 2007 and related instruments with
compliance with HSE regulations, solely for identification, assessment and
control of hazards prone to enforcement operations in onshore and offshore
In his remarks the Head of Health Safety and Environment Unit of
NIMASA, Engr. Fred Ugo said that the Agency through the HSE Unit has set out
basic guidelines of officers responsible for ensuring health and safety in
maritime especially as it conforms to the environmental standards which are
achievable during enforcement operations.
It is important to note that Maritime Administration and Safety
Enforcement  HSE Workshop is an annual event which brings maritime
enforcement officers up to speed  with the latest details in risk
assessment. The event is also designed to boost hazard awareness in maritime
enforcement towards a coherent application of safe practices.

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