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By Shola Fadeyi

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Dr Bashir Jamoh, NIMASA DG

 

The floating dock procured by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA)  will generate  N1 billion monthly  for the economy, as well as employ not less than 350 personnel  when put into commercial  operations.

NIMASA’s Director General, Dr Bashir Jamoh  who made this revelation in  Lagos yesterday, during a media briefing to commemorate his 100 days in office as the helmsman of  the agency, said the floating dock will continue to  be  of huge benefit to the economy in terms of revenue and training of future personnel for the maritime sector.

The interface of the DG with the media dwelt on the gamut of the activities of the Agency’s new management    , his efforts and achievements in the areas of reforms, revenue generation , security, anti piracy , cabotage , Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Navy  and other relevant security agencies , search and rescue , protection of  the marine environment ,amongs.

This is as Jamoh said, the 10  Pirates that were arrested   recently for attacking a Chinese fishing vessel, Hailufeng 11,  have been prosecuted and fined N3 million  as provided by the relevant portion of the Merchant Shipping  Act , adding that the Agency deserves commendation for  the success, in the area of the implementation of the Anti- piracy Act.

Jamoh said  , the floating dock comprises five segments  , which include  cadets in electrical, mechanical among others  while each  segment is expected to provide  employment, for  at least  75 persons, while these would be among the main workers.

According to him, the floating dock is currently  at the Naval Dockyard , while NIMASA  is  making efforts  to  transfer  it to the Continental Shipyard, when the Nigerian Ports Authority would have folded up  its operation at the yard.

He revealed that  NIMASA is already making efforts to get a competent company with the right expertise to manage the floating dock, with a view to enabling it to operate properly  ,and generate the expected revenue for the Federal Government.

The NIMASA disclosed that  it is already interfacing with the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC)  to approve a  Public- Private arrangement that will make  it possible to hire the expert that will manage the floating dock.

Jamoh stated that apart from deploying the equipment for commercial purpose , NIMASA will also ensure that it is made available for maritime training , which will make it possible for training institutions in the country and  the cadets of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria(MAN) , Oron  to benefit from it , for their vital Seatime Training.

He said to boost the revenue generation of the floating dock , the agency would be signing a Memoradum of Understanding with all operators of oil and gas, to take their ship to the floating dock  for dry docking.

 

 

 

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