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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Vincent and Grenada was accused of using its vessel to transport petroleum products within the country, which is contrary to the provisions of the Nigerian Inland and Coastal Shipping Act The Cabotage act.

Cabotage Services In pursuance of the success of Nigeria on maritime reforms, Nigeria qct a bold attempt to change the face of maritime business within its coasts when it enacted the Coastal and Inland Shipping Cabotage ActThough designed to restrict foreign participation in Nigeria’s domestic coastal trade, nevertheless a lot of opportunities exist for foreign involvement.

The Journey So Far. Order for granting of waiver The law makers also subjected it to an elaborate public hearing which was attended by stakeholders. Savings as to Court Proceedings.

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. Log in to leave a comment.

Any person who without reasonable excuse, fails to comply with a requirement made, or direction given, by an enforcement officer under this act commits offence and shall on conviction if it is an individual, be liable to a fine not less than N, The fund shall be collected by caboyage National Maritime Authority and deposited in commercial banks and administered under guideline that shall be proposed by the Minister and approved by the National Assembly.

Tactically admitting failure, NIMASA said the new strategy is aimed at actualising a successful coastal and inland trade regime in line with the full implementation of the Cabotage Act, Minister to issue guidelines on Licence Jubril also said that in order to have an accurate data of available maritime labour in the sector, NIMASA nigerua recently come up with an electronic register of all maritime labour in order to ensure jobs are provided for them in line with the Cabotage law.


Cabotage Law: NIMASA begins clamp down on non-compliant vessels

Cabotage Vessel financing Fund. Publishing Requirements for employment of Vessels. Log into your account. Waiver on manning requirement. Why is it that both NIMASA and the supervisory ministry of transportation are more interested in granting waivers to foreign flag vessels to continue trading on our coastal waters in clear circumvention of the provisions of Cabotage? 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.

Requisition of Vessels by Minister. The Minister may on the receipt of an application grant a waiver to a duly registered vessel on the requirement for a vessel under this Act to be wholly manned by Nigerian citizens where he is satisfied that there is no qualified Nigerian officer or crew for the position specified in the application.

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Strict liability and general penalty. Read the original article on Vanguard.

A foreign owned and zct crewed vessels shall not participate in the domestic coastal trade without the license and authorization required by the provisions of this Act. Why Nigerians Need National Identification. Minister to issue guidelines on Licence.

Suspension, cancellation and variation of Licence. Failure to comply with a requirement etc. Coastal and Inland Shipping Cabotage Act. Except as expressly provided in this Act, nothing in this Act shall affect the rights of any party to any proceedings commenced in any court on or before the commencement of this Act. 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.

We have come up with an electronic register of all maritime labour that would enable us plan better for the industry, such that whenever there are identified jobs for seafarers, it would be carried out by Nigerians and Nigerians would be placed on the job. Carriage of Petroleum Products and Ancillary Services. One good thing the judgement has done is to expose the weakness of the Cabotage act, so that steps could be taken to amend it, so as to resolve future cases in favour of indigenous operatives, if really the indigenous maritime operators must take their destiny in their own hands, towards the legacy of real development of Cabtage maritime.


Repeals and Amendments We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. The Nigerian maritime must move forward, and the success of which will begin with proper enactment of laws that will protect indigenous operators, for which Cabotage is a must. Duration of a waiver. Apart from the above, the most glaring indices of failure of the Cabotage Act is cabotagd depleted bottoms that Nigeria now has, the mass of unemployed seafarers, the prevalence of foreign interests in our coastal shipping, especially as it concerns rendering of aft in the oil and gas sector and in line with the Local Content Act.

I certify that this Bill has been carefully compared by me with the decision reached by the National Assembly and found by me to be true and correct decision of the Houses and is in accordance with the provisions of the Acts Authentication Act Cap.

Where the circumstances described in Sections apply, and the Minister has determined that a waiver be granted, the order for granting the waiver shall be. Date passed by Senate. Cabotage vessels must be wholly -owned by Nigerians; they must be registered in Nigeria, must be crewed by Nigeria and Nigerian shipyards must build and repair Cabotage vessels.

A vessel tug or barge of whatever type other than a vessel, tug and barge whose beneficial ownership resides wholly in a Nigerian citizen shall not engage in the carriage nigeeria materials or supply services to and from oil rig, platforms and installationswhether offshore or onshore or within any ports or points in Nigerian waters. Order for granting of waiver. How many indigenous ship owning company has it registered sincewhen actual implementation of Cabotage started and how many foreign?

Indeed, the law itself needed amendment for easy interpretation at the court of law, and indeed sincethe Cabotage Act has been going through review, by a committee chaired by former chairman of Cabottage Committee on Marine Transport, Senator Ugochukwu.