Indigenous Ship ownersÂ Association of Nigeria (ISAN) rose from its meeting on Thursday in Lagos and agreed to implement the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) on Seawatch.
Chairman of the Association, Chief Isaac Jolapamo said the MoU focused on monitoring vessels coming into the nationâ€™s territorial waters and arresting those that violates the Cabotage law.
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and ISAN recently signed an agreement to work closely to check the activities of foreign vessels operating in contravention of the Nigerian Cabotage Act.
Jolapamo described the MoU as a development that would further boost current efforts to ensure effective implementation of the Cabotage regime in the country.
He said that so many foreign vessels that contravened the Cabotage law had been arrested by the association and were prosecuted.
â€œWith this development, Nigeria will be the ultimate beneficiary of the MoU.Â The relationship between the Agency and NIMASA can only get betterâ€, he said.
Chief Jolapamo said Nigerian ship_owners need to work closely with NIMASA for the Cabotage Act to be effectively implemented.
The Designated Person Onshore for DPA Global Chipping, Capt. Bernard Anaso said ISAN members should ensure that ships have barometers which would indicate when the storm would come.
â€œIf the barometer is falling, there would be signs, Anaso said.The mariner said it should be mandatory that NIMASA should have a safety information service.Anaso said all ships must have navigational and meteorological warning, adding that NIMASA should liaise with the Meteorology Department at Oshodi in Lagos.
The representative of Ship & Shore Services Ltd, Mr Lateef Oshodi, said piracy in Nigerian waters was getting sophisticated.According to Oshodi, government appears to be incapacitated to a large extent in bailing out the ship owners on piracy.
He said the association should interfere to reduce the menace of trailers carrying unlatched containers out of Nigerian ports.Oshodi said that many people had been killed, adding that the Association should use its influence to ask the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to enforce compliance.