As parts of its commitment to ensure safety and security on the nation’s territorial ways in line with global best practices, NIMASA is determined to ensure total compliance with the International Ships and Ports Facility (ISPS) Code in all ports, terminals and jetties in Nigeria.
Dakuku Peterside, the DG made this disclosure in Lagos when a delegation of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) led by Commander Thomas Foster paid an assessment visit of Nigerian ports and terminals across the country.
He described the USCG as the most valued partner in ensuring that our ports are safe for business.
He said that Nigeria places high premium on issues that border on security and as such, NIMASA as the Designated Authority (DA) for the ISPS Code implementation is leaving no stone unturned to achieve 100 per cent implementation of the ISPS Code in Nigeria. This, he said will guarantee the safety of the vessels calling or leaving our ports.
“There is absolutely no doubt that we are determined to get it right; we only need support, assistance and all the encouragement we can get. We are determined to work with the United States Coast Guard to get it right in order to ensure our ports are safe.
“Let me also reiterate that as a country, we appreciate the importance of getting security right at our ports, jetties and terminals and that we are committed to it”, Dakuku said.
In his remarks, the leader of the delegation of the United States Coast Guard, Commander Thomas Foster commended NIMASA for its strides in ensuring safety at the ports and expressed satisfaction with the infrastructural development in line with ISPS Code implementation in the ports visited in Lagos.
He said: “it appears that the energy that NIMASA has at the ports is very tremendous, as seen in all the ports visited in Lagos. The level of compliance has tremendously improved compared to our last visit. I therefore assure NIMASA that we will continue to work closely to achieve a safer ports, jetties and terminals in Nigeria”.
The International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code is an amendment to the Safety of Life and Sea (SOLAS) Convention (1974/1988) on minimum-security arrangements for ships, ports and government agencies.
It came into force in 2004 and prescribes responsibilities to governments, shipping companies, shipboard personnel, and port/facility personnel to detect security threats and take preventative measures.