The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has started seizing vessels for violating provisions of the Cabotage Law. “This is the time for the Federal Government to give the necessary support to NIMASA and see to the implementation of the Cabotage Act. of the Coastal and Inland Shipping (Cabotage) Act, and the Guidelines for its Does the Cabotage Act require a ship to be Nigerian-flagged before it can.

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Extract from Gazette No. The law makers also subjected it to an elaborate public hearing which was attended by stakeholders.

The provisions under this Act shall be enforced from the first anniversary of the day on which this Act comes into force, that is to say, 1 one year after the commencement date of this Act.

Offences against this Act. Apart cabotgae the above, the most glaring indices of failure of the Cabotage Act is the depleted bottoms that Nigeria now has, the mass of unemployed seafarers, the prevalence ingeria foreign interests in our coastal shipping, especially as it concerns rendering of services in the oil and gas sector and in line with the Local Content Act.

Navigation in Inland Caborage 7. Date passed by Senate. The Act in section three had stated: The Minister shall immediately after the commencement of this Act, establish and publish the criteria and guidelines for the issuance of licenses under this Act.

Much Ado About Cabotage Act And Its Implementation

The objective of the Cabotage Act is primarily to reserve the higeria transportation of goods and services within Nigerian coastal and inland waters to vessels flying the Nigerian flag and owned by persons of Nigerian citizenship. Any person engaged in the business of employing vessels for the domestic cabohage trade shall specify and publish all the requirements to be satisfied with respect to the employment of vessels.


Minister to issue guidelines on Licence The NCCS will point a new direction to our Cabotage regime, as the Agency will no longer consider application for granting of waiver on manning requirements for vessels engaged in coastal trade with regards to 2nd officer, 2nd engineer, 2nd mate down to able seamen, ratings and stewards.

Log in to leave a comment. A vessel of whatever type or size shall not engage in domestic trading in the inland waters of Nigeria except as a vessel that is wholly owned by Nigerian citizens. AllAfrica is a niveria of, by and about Africa – aggregating, producing and distributing news and information items daily from over African news organizations and our own reporters to an African and global public.

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Nigeria tells oil companies to plan for strict enforcement of Cabotage Act

It is already 14 years since former president Olusegun Obasanjo signed the Coastal and Inland Shipping Bill otherwise called Cabotage into law, at a brief but epoch-making ceremony at the State House in Abuja. There lies our pessimism! View the discussion thread.

This conciousness that was elicited by the Cabotage regime which by implication could be termed the beginning of real development of Nigerian maritime came to bare when the Nigerian ship owners, through their umbrella body, the indigenous Shipowners Assocation of Nigeria ISAN went to court late last year to seek redress against foreigners encroachment into the business that was legitimately reserved for them by law. Citizenship requirement for ship financing. According to its Director General; Dr Dakuku Peterside, it came up with the new approach so as to secure jobs for qualified Nigerians in the maritime sector.


About Us Contact Us Advertise. This Act may be cited as the coastal and inland shipping Cabotage Act, Waiver on manning requirement 11 Waiver on Nigerian built vessels Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.

The indigenous operators may have relied on the provisions of section five which made it impossible for foreign ship and foreign ship owners to engage in carriage of petroleum product from one point to another within Nigeria.

Fourteen years down the line, it is apt to ask the following questions: Regulation 1 is repealed. Duration of a waiver Order for granting of waiver When an offence is committed by a vessel under sections 3,4,5,6 and 21 on more than one day or is continued by nigetia vessel for more than one day, it shall be deemed to be a separate offence for each day on which the offence is committed or continued. Turn out in the case clearly justified the need to review the Cabotage law, which also could be referred to as the law of Coastal and Inland Shipping, which reserved cagotage business of lifting or carriage of goods and passengers from cahotage point to another within the country to Nigerian built, flagged and crew vessels.