Director-General of NIMASA, Mr. Patrick Akpobolokemi
No fewer than 21 ships belonging to members of the Indigenous Ship owners Association (ISAN) have been identified for repairs by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
The agency which also unfolded measures it has put in place for the repairs of the affected vessels also set out conditions to be met by the owners.
It maintained that such conditions must be met by the ship owners before the vessels would be repaired by the agency.
Director-General of NIMASA, Mr. Patrick Akpobolokemi, dropped this at a meeting of the NIMASA /ISAN Joint technical Committee on Indigenous Capacity Building Development which took place at Maritime House, the corporate headquarters of the agency in Lagos.
Akpobolokemi who was represented by NIMASA Executive Director on Cabotage, Mr. Obi Callistus, explained that the committee which was set up in 2011 at the instance of NIMASA to interface between the agency and the local ship owners and to encourage them to do business in the country.
He added that the 21 vessels which had been short listed for the exercise would be inspected by ship surveyors before taken to ship yards for repairs.
He pointed out that the cost of repairs would be paid by the agency, noting that conditions for repayment would be discussed in the next meeting with the committee.
According to the NIMASA helmsman, no single hull vessels would be repaired because they have been phased out by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).
Akpobolokemi stressed the agency was concern with double hull vessel only.
Firms to benefit from the exercise include AG butler Nigeria, Japaul Oil and Maritime Limited, Morlap, Shipping, Jevkom Oil and Gas, Niger Delta Shipping, Peacegate Oil and Gas, Rangk, Niger Delta Shipping, Rangk and Lenimar Ocean Trawlers Limited.
Others are Phoenix Associates Limited, AG Butler Nigeria, DLB Marine Services Limited Seabulk Offshore, West Africa Offshore, Miden systems Limited, Pramara Shipping, Kotram, Integrated Services Limited and Integrated Services Limited.
He stressed that NIMASA had awarded contract for the survey of the vessels to ensure that they are commercially viable before embarking on repairs.
His words: “We want to have control of the shipyards where the vessels would be repaired and the agency has the right to determine where the vessels would be repaired.”
He also said the agency would be ensured that transparency would be brought in while executing the project, saying that it would not be “free money for the boys”.