By Godwin Oritse
LAGOS—THE Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, yesterday, shut three facilities for non-compliance with Ship and Port Facility Security, ISPS, code.
The facilities are Heyden Petroleum Jetty, Ijora; Waziri Jetty, Dockyard Road, Apapa, and Starz Marine Shipyard Limited, Onne, Rivers State.
Reacting to closure of the facilities, Vice Chairman of the Ports Facility Security Officers, PFSO, forum, Dr. Zeb Ikokide, said that the agency should not have shut the facilities considering the volume of investment in them.
He also said the forum can only advise members on how best to ensure compliance in their various facilities, adding that it was only the owners that can take the ultimate decision.
He also faulted the high commendation the United States Coast Guard gave to NIMASA if some facilities can still be found to have fallen short of standards.
Secretary of the Forum, Mr. Ignatius Uche commended NIMASA for the closure, saying “this is good for the industry and the Forum.”
Uche also said that the closure should serve as an alert to other facilities that have refused to update their security measures.
Head of Public Relations of NIMASA, Hajia Lami Tumaka, confirmed the closures.
Tumaka explained that the facilities have persistently failed to comply with the ISPS code, necessitating their closure.
She said: “These closures are in exercise of the agency’s powers in line with provisions of Part VIII of the ISPS Code Implementation Regulations 2014, under which the facilities were adjudged to be non-compliant.