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8 Functions of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA

Here in this post, we are going to give you a detailed guide of 8 functions of Nigerian maritime administration and safety agency (NIMASA).

NIMASA, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency is an organization that served as a regulatory agency for maritime. It is the apex regulatory organization, in charge of maritime activities.

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency also served as the promotional maritime agency. The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency were formed out of the merger of the following organizations: the National Maritime Authority, Joint Maritime Labour Industrial Council, which was formerly the parastatals of the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Transport.

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8 Functions of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA
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The date of the establishment of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency was on August 1, 2006, to be precise.

At creation, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency were assigned with some functions to help the agency achieve its goals and objectives, and in this article, I am going to explain quite a number of these functions of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency.

What Then Are The Functions Of The Nigerian Maritime Administration And Safety Agency?

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency on creation from the merger of the organizations named above, was assigned with some functions for the purpose fulfilling the mandate for which, it was established.

Quite interestingly then, in this article, I am going to explain these functions of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency hence, below are the functions:

1. Pursues Development Of Shipping And Regulates Shipping Matters In Nigeria

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency pursues the development of shipping and also regulates shipping matters.

The primary function of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency is to make sure that, there is the development of shipping business in Nigeria.

Outside the pursuance of the development of the shipping business in Nigeria, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency is also saddled with the responsibility of regulating matters that are related to shipping business in Nigeria particularly, in the area of merchant shipping and seafarers.

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2. Administers Registration And Ships Licensing In Nigeria

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency administer registration and ships licensing in Nigeria. Since the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency is serving as a regulatory organization, as well as promotional Maritime Agency, the agency has the statutory function to make sure that, it undertakes effectively, the administration of the registration of ship, and also the licensing of every ship operating within the shores of Nigeria.

This is one of the major functions of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, and the agency has thrive to engage effectively in delivering this function.

3. Regulates, As Well As, Administers Certificates Of Seafarers In Nigeria

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency regulates certificates of seafarers and as well, administers the certificates of seafarers.

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency is a Maritime regulatory body, and as such, the agency is saddling with the responsibility of regulating matters that are related to the certificates of seafarers. It must make sure that these seafarers certificates are well and effectively administers.

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4. Establishes Maritime Training And Ensures Safety Standards In Nigeria

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency establishes Maritime training and ensures safety standards in Nigeria.

Obviously, it is one of the functions of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency to make sure that, it establishes Maritime training, it is also the responsibility of the agency to ensure safety.

Training, we all know, is quite important and necessary in every organization, why because, without training of these personnel, they are likely to be stuck in carrying out their functions effectively particularly, in this age of technology.

Going by this fact, it becomes incumbent on the part of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency to establish Maritime training and safety standards in Nigeria.

5. Regulates Safety Of Shipping In Nigeria

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency regulate the  safety of shipping business in Nigeria. Do not forget that the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency is a Maritime regulatory body, therefore, the agency has the full responsibility of regulating the safety of shipping business in Nigeria particularly, when it comes to ship construction and also the navigation of ships in Nigeria.

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6. Provision Of Search And Rescue Services In Nigeria

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency made provision for search and rescue services in Nigeria. We all know that disaster sometimes happened in an organization. Such disasters could be fire incident, and it could be any kind of disaster.

But in this case, it is talking about the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency providing search and rescue services. Meaning that there are possibilities, whereby, ships can sink and perhaps people can be through into the water.

Therefore, another function of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency is in the area of making sure that, it make available the possibility of searching and reaching in the event of a disaster.

7. Provides Directions And Ensures Compliance In Nigeria

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency provides directions and also ensures compliance in Nigeria. When talking about shipping business, many things are involved.

The operators in the Maritime sector sailed with ships, and these ships in another words, are called vessels. Therefore, it is the function of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency to make sure that, it make provision to direct these vessels and as well, ensures compliance with security measures such that will protect these vessels.

8. Develops and Implements Maritime Policies and Programmes in Nigeria

This is another function of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, and is going to be the last I will be discussing in this article.

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency also saddled with the responsibility of developing policies and programmes that are related to shipping business.

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency must also make sure that, it implement these policies and programmes.

The purpose is to help in facilitating the growth and development of local capacity in ownership, as well as in manning and construction of ships including other maritime infrastructure and facilities.

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Conclusion

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency was formed out of the merger of the following organizations: the National Maritime Authority, Joint Maritime Labour Industrial Council, which was formerly the parastatals of the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Transport.


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