|SOAN President, Engr. Greg Ogbeifun
Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA),
and the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) have upheld
stakeholder engagement among new strategies for growing the maritime industry.
This was disclosed in different presentations by the agencies on
Tuesday at the 2018 Annual Workshop and Dinner organised by the Ship Owners
Association of Nigeria(SOAN) with the theme “ The Nigerian Maritime Industry: Galvanizing
Stakeholders Engagement For Sustainable
Panacea for Sustainable Participation and Growth of Nigerian Maritime Sector,” Dr.
Dakuku Peterside, the Director General of NIMASA, lamented the poor
implementation of policies in Nigeria.
disadvantage in global trade, where all activities are done on a single global
because of the impact of globalisation and how trade liberalisation drives
competitiveness. Our policies cannot stand the test of time on global
encourage indigenous ship owners, NIMASA has stopped granting waivers for vessels
not flagged Nigeria.
disbursement of the Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF) has been addressed,
promising that the CVFF would be disbursed by the first quarter of 2019 with
speculations that interest rate would be crashed to single digit.
forecasts to enable ship owners understand the industry direction with the
available statistics, whilst its efforts in manpower development required for
the industry remain steady.
for the growth and development of the Nigerian maritime infrastructure,”
Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Ms Hadiza Bala Usman,
said the NPA had continued to improve on facilities and processes for
operational benefits of the industry.
Dr. Sokonte Davis, said the NPA had installed the Vessel Tracking Information
System in conformity with International and Ports Facility Security Code
(ISPS), to increase the confidence level of the port users.
procedures, the NPA developed an Electronics Ship Entry as well as a Revenue Invoice
Management System (RIMS) for more effective time management and record-keeping.
the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) remarked that
stakeholder management is important for maritime growth.
Policy/Regulatory Regime For The Growth of The Nigerian Maritime Industry,”
Wabote said that the implementation of the local content over the last eight
years had resulted in increase of marine vessel ownership by Nigerians
operating in the oil and gas sector.
implementation has resulted in the increase of marine vessel ownership by
Nigerians, or of less than 10 per cent to 38 per cent of total marine vessel
registered in the oil and gas sector. This is a commendable achievement.”
aimed at increasing local participation in various categories of vessels
engagement would grow the maritime sector and create jobs.
10-year strategic growth plan aimed at increasing the Nigerian content to about
realization of its target and therefore put in place the NCDMB green vessel
scheme focused on marine vessel utilisation and economic intervention.”
the shipowners that data analytics forecasting demand for the period of
2019-2023 shows projected vessel types in category one to include tug boats,
security patrol boats, various badges and crew boats accounting for 66 per cent
of marine vessel requirement.
said that for the category two, shipowners should look at Accommodation vessels, platform supply vessels, anchor
handling tug vessels, which would
account for 23 % of the demand in the oil and gas industry.
Ogbeifun, said the association had established a veritable platform for
dissecting challenges and proffering solutions on the sector both locally and
interest and the industry generally when it was invited by the Commonwealth
Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC) to lead a private sector delegation
to the Commonwealth Business Forum in Malta.
engagements with other stakeholders, particularly of government agencies, and
had at such times discussed policy matters in directions to favour ship owners in
profitable discussions and robust engagements would in the nearest future
become rewarding to the shipowners’ business operations.
CVFF is disbursed now and he has taken it to the presidential committee. NIMASA
is now working in view of the guidelines, courtesy of the minister.
encourage them. Now, we must make ourselves eligible for the opportunities when
they come, so that they don’t get this opportunities and throw it to the dogs,
and the repeat of what happened in the past when an abuse took place.