The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (‘NIMASA’ or ‘the Agency’) has published a notice directing all shipowners, shipping companies, agents, operators, managers, charters, fishing trawler owners or operators, maritime stakeholders and the public to renew all expired Certificates of Nigerian Registry.
The notice also requires that all Nigerian flagged vessels weighing 500 gross tonnage and more are to be classed by a Recognized Classification Society and all flagged self-propelled vessels and fishing trawlers weighing over 100 gross tonnage are to have an IMO (International Marine Organisation) number marked in a visible place (ship’s hull or superstructure) along with other general requirements.
NIMASA has given all affected vessel owners/managers, three (3) months from the date of the publication being 16 August 2019 to comply with the notice or face the de-registration of the vessel, detention of the vessel and a fine.
The notice was issued following NIMASA’s powers under the Merchant Shipping Act 2007 and the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Regulation 3-1.
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