By Godwin Oritse
THE Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Nigerian Liquid Natural Gas Company (NLNG) have both agreed to develop the Nigerian ship registry with a view to increasing the countryâ€™s earning from maritime trade.
Disclosing this to Vanguard in Lagos recently, the newly appointed Director-General of NIMASA Mr Temisan Omatseye said that the agency has met with the management of the Gas company on the matter, just as moves have also commenced to ensure that every machinery is put in place complete the project as soon as possible.
Omatseye also said that the development of the Nigerian Ship registry is part of his ten years strategic plan to move the Nigerian Maritime industry to the next level.
The Agency currently lacks a database for ship registration, a development that has given foreign ships the audacity to operate within the Nigerian coastal waters unhindered.
Confirming this to Vanguard, the spokesman of the Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas company, Mr Ifeanyi Mbanefo said that the his organization has proposed to help NIMASA develop its ship registry, but for a few hitches, the project would have long commenced.
Mbanefo also told Vanguard that theÂ Nigeria n ship registry is to be fashioned after the Bermuda ship registry, adding that the Gas company has also conclude plan to visit Bermuda to under study the establishment of the registry.