The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has urged players in the maritime sector especially enforcement officers to comply with safety rules that would eliminate marine accidents and other related issues that may arise from marine operational mishandling.
The DG made this known at the opening of the Annual Maritime Administration and Safety Enforcement (MASE) HSE Workshop with the theme: Maritime Enforcement Safety: Current Global Benchmarks organised by the Agency in conjunction with Heritage Bank which held in Lagos.
According to him “ I am happy that we are focusing on Health Safety and Environment most importantly the safety of those who enforce rules and regulations. As a safety administration we are not going to be held by local standards because operational safety especially when it comes to the maritime sector has to conform to global standards and this is what we are preaching in NIMASA”
Speaking further Dr. Dakuku said that as part of the Agency’s mandate to ensure safety and security of vessels visiting and leaving the nation’s territorial waters, it is also the responsibility of the Agency to ensure the safety of those who work on board vessels and offshore platforms as well as those who create support services from the shore to for maritime activities thrive.
Dr. Dakuku further stated that the training will provide hands-on safety procedures, which aid the maritime enforcement team carry out their responsibilities under the NIMASA Act 2007 and related instruments with compliance with HSE regulations, solely for identification, assessment and control of hazards prone to enforcement operations in onshore and offshore facilities.
In his remarks the Head of Health Safety and Environment Unit of NIMASA, Engr. Fred Ugo said that the Agency through the HSE Unit has set out basic guidelines of officers responsible for ensuring health and safety in maritime especially as it conforms to the environmental standards, which are achievable during enforcement operations.