By Godwin Oritse
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has said that it will increase the compliance level of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code by as much as 90 percent before the end of the year.
In a statement by the Head of Public Affairs department of the agency, Mr. Osamgbi Isichei said that the compliance level of ISPS Code in Nigeria is presently at 38 percent
According to Osanbgi, “the Compliance with (ISPS) Code has been vigorously pursued since the Agency was made the Designated Authority (DA) for its implementation in May 2013.
“Over 38percent of port facilities in the country are fully compliant comprising all the major ports in the country. Our goal is to attain over 90% compliance level before the end of 2015.
“The Agency is upgrading its Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS) in Lagos, Bonny and Oron. The Radar installation in Escravos, Bonny and Takwa Bay in Lagos will complement the satellite facility and further boost our domain awareness response capability”.
He explained that the agency’s partnership with Messrs Global West Vessels Specialist Limited (GWSVSL) for the supply, operation, management and maintenance of operational platforms and associated electronic surveillance systems on a Public Private Partnership basis has significantly improved the operational capabilities and response time of the Agency.
He added that NIMASA has been able to achieve full domain awareness of its maritime environment adding that the Agency can detect in real time, all activities of vessels involved in trading on the nation’s waters and even beyond with the aid of a satellite surveillance facility installed in the Agency’s head office.
The MoU entered into with the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Air Force has also been instrumental to curbing the menace of piracy and illicit activities in the maritime domain.