28 July 2016, Lagos—The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency has reaffirmed its commitment to the implementation of all the regulations of the International Maritime Organisation relevant to Nigeria.
The Director-General of the agency, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, in a statement, said the implementation of the IMO regulations was vital for the continuous development of the Nigeria’s maritime industry.
NIMASA was part of the Nigerian delegation to the IMO for the sub-committee meeting of the Implementation of IMO Instruments (III), which held its third session from 18th to 22nd July, 2016, according to the statement
The Nigerian delegation was made up of agency employees drawn from the Ministry of Transportation including NIMASA, Nigerian Ports Authority and the National Inland Waterways Authority.
Attended by delegates from member states, four working groups were established at the meeting to deepen discussions and encourage technical inputs with each group forwarding its report to the plenary for consideration.
The four working groups were split into the analysis of marine safety investigation reports; and harmonisation of Port State Control activities and analysis of the PSC data; the analysis of consolidated audit summary reports; and survey guidelines under the Harmonised System of Survey and Certification.
A key item on the sub-committee’s agenda was the review of the PSC procedures 2011 to further standardise the work of the PSC officers and improve overall effectiveness.
Maritime training institutions in member states were also encouraged to make use of the IMO’s Global Integrated Shipping Information System module on marine casualties and incidents to access reports of marine casualty investigation filed by the IMO member states. This could provide case studies and valuable lessons for the training of seafarer.
It will be recalled that Peterside had pledged the resolve of the agency for the implementation of IMO instruments while receiving the interim report of the IMO member states audit scheme team in Lagos last month.