NIMASA orders vessels to carry automated identification systems (AIS)

In line with its resolve to maintain optimum safety standards on Nigerian waters, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, has directed all passenger ships operating on Nigerian waters to ensure that they carry a fully functional Automated Identification System, AIS on board.

This directive is in line with IMO Safety of Lives at Sea (SOLAS) Convention of 1974 which requires mandatory carriage of AIS system onboard all vessels. Also affected by the NIMASA directive are all cargo ships of 500 Gross Tonnage (500GT) or more, which are not engaged in international voyage, and all vessels with Gross Tonnage(GT) of 300 or more, engaged in international Voyage.

Tracking Vessels on Nigerian waters had been done with much difficulty because NIMASA had encountered AIS units that either do not transmit at all or transmit distorted dynamic data in terms of  Position, Course and Speed of Vessels.

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