NIMASA Enhances Vessels Navigation Safety With GMDSS

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Yemisi Izuora

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), has confirmed that the two Global Maritime Distress Safety Systems (GMDSS), situated at the Regional Maritime Rescue Coordination Center in Kirikiri and Takwa Bay in Lagos are now fully functional.

The Director-General of NIMASA Dr. Bashir Jamoh disclosed this while receiving the management of the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA Channel 10 in Lagos during the week.

Jamoh said ”We have greatly enhanced the safety of navigation of vessels on our waters, every vessel within the Nigerian territorial waters and even beyond can easily access our GMDSS. The ones in Takwa Bay and Kirikiri are now fully functional, while the other three stations located in Oron, Bonny and Escravos are almost ready to commence full operations. These are some gaps identified in the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency by the IMO during its last IMO Member State Audit Scheme (IMSAS) and we are closing these gaps.”

Commenting on the Suppression of Piracy and other Maritime Related Offences SPOMO Act, which now serves as a model for other countries in the Region, Dr. Jamoh noted the need for harmonization of laws to ensure uniformity of purpose in prosecuting maritime offences within the region.

“Other countries in our region are now in the process of enacting laws similar to our SPOMO Act. This is the time for us to ensure harmonized Maritime Laws in the Gulf of Guinea to ensure criminalities in the maritime sector are prosecuted easily within the region, thus no safe haven for criminals in the region”.

Jamoh also noted that NIMASA decided to engage the Naval Dockyard to repair the Agency’s patrol boats as part of efforts to deepen inter-Agency collaboration with the Nigerian Navy.

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