Industry watchers, stakeholders voice fears over continuing safety of CVFF
…As NIMASA insists on review of modalities for disbursement
some institutional heads, even in the maritime industry.
not disclosed collection from both the Maritime Fund and the Sea Protection Levy.
nations like Benin Republic and Ghana, the nation’s waters remains a dirty brown, littered with plastics bottles, pure water sachets and human defecation.
by dregs and concerned stakeholders seek answers to what NIMASA is doing as the agency saddled with the responsibility with the Sea Protection Levy in its care .
“Go and ask them, they will confirm it: ship owners who operate in the Niger Delta zone are either paying the hoodlums heavy sums of Ship Protection Levy or the dash in and dash out, after concluding heavy private naval security on board!”
judicious utilization by competent shipowners would serve Nigerians better.
vessels to engage private security personnel on board their vessels whenever they sailed to the Niger Delta Region.
create the safety net, to ensure safety of vessels, particularly in the Niger Delta area, which has been so dangerous.”
Engr. Greg Ogeifun, said it was worrisome that the government through NIMASA had yet to disburse the CVFF to indigenous operators, making it difficult for them to compete favourably with other international players.
Nigerians are still being locked up by NIMASA and the ministry of transport.
disappointment against NIMASA for not disbursing the CVFF until now, after almost two decades.
CVFF cannot support acquisition of vessels that are needed, but it is something in the right direction. It is our contribution.”
ship-owners with high standard technical and commercial management experience, to access the funds.
unturned, until NIMASA disburses the CVFF.
ship-owners should no longer operate in fear as NIMASA has recently strengthened maritime security architecture.
acquiring vessels and assets in the maritime industry. As we speak, we have over $150 million in the CVFF. We are currently reviewing the guidelines and we are going to engage with stakeholders.
regulation and the regulation is pursuant to the MARPOL convention.
So, ship-owners are supposed to contribute some money to the sea protection levy, to enable us monitor the seas against pollution and to respond when there is pollution. But many persons keep mistaking the sea protection levy for a security levy.
build maritime capacity. We are doing so many things with the fund, and one is the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS). And the maritime fund is not for ship owners, it is for NIMASA to utilise to develop infrastructure.”