The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Security Agency (NIMASA) claims to have implemented the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, a major component of the maritime security architecture.
Dr. Bashir Jamoh, Chief Executive of NIMASA, said so in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Monday.
He said this while receiving the Deputy Head of the International Maritime Security Operations Team (IMSOT), Mr. Jim Hamilton in Lagos.
Jamoh said Hamliton led a team on a working visit to assess the level of compliance of certain port facilities in the country with the ISPS code.
Jamoh, who was represented by the agency’s Executive Director of Operations, Mr. Shehu Ahmed, said the importance of effective implementation of the ISPS Code regime could not be overstated.
He said this compelled the Nigerian government to incorporate the implementing regulations of the ISPS code since 2014, bearing in mind that it was an integral aspect of the SOLAS convention for the safety of life. human at sea.
Jamoh also praised IMSOT’s peer review mechanism.
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“At NIMASA, we have such a peer review agreement with the United States Coast Guard, which has been very effective in building ISPS code implementation capacity. We are working to extend the relationship to other countries.
“We believe this will ensure that our staff have the skills and competencies required to carry out their responsibilities under the ICIR 2014 mandate.
“The importance of our personnel’s exposure to the legal regimes and security operations of other contracting governments is not lost on us,” he said.
While assuring the team that steps had been taken to address concerns raised during their visit in 2018, the DG of NIMASA informed the IMSOT team that the Agency was also taking steps to address the activities of pirates in the Gulf of Guinea.
He said it would be through the federal government’s Deep Blue Project initiative, in addition to the Piracy and Other Maritime Offenses Suppression Act (SPOMO), which is gradually showing results.
Speaking after a working visit to some port facilities in Lagos, Hamilton expressed satisfaction with the level of cooperation and synergy that exists between government agencies in the Nigerian maritime industry.
He said they would share their knowledge with NIMASA to ensure optimal implementation of the ISPS Code in Nigeria.
Hamilton also expressed IMSOT’s willingness to share insights on its operations in the United Kingdom (UK) and train Agency staff to foster better cooperation with Nigeria.
He said the initiative would foster collaboration, cooperation and sharing through knowledge building among member states.
Hamilton also said he would consolidate gains from maritime security implementation and identify areas for improvement for both parties.