DG, NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has alerted stakeholders in the maritime sector and the economy of the visit to Nigeria of 13 vessels from five countries heavily affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
It said eight of the vessels are expected to berth in Lagos Port Complex(LPC) , Apapa, four in Bonny, Rivers State; and one in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
NIMASA also gave the names of the vessels , their countries of previous Port of Call ,the dates and Ports they are to berth in Nigeria.
It said ‘Desert Hope’ from Brazil, Santos is expected in Lagos Port on July 1, 2020 ; ‘Stena Clear Sky’, from India Dahej is for Bonny , Nigeria on July 4, 2020; ‘Musky’, from United States is coming to Rivers Port, Port Harcourt on July 7, 2020 while ‘Vectis Oprey ‘ from United States, Houston is to berth in Lagos Port , on July 11,2020.
‘Grane Island’ is also coming from United States, Houston to Lagos Port on July 11, 2020 while ‘LNG Bonny II’ is expected from India, Dahej to Rivers Port on July 17, 2020
‘Ebony Ray’ , from United States , was expected in Lagos Port since June 23, 2020; ‘Nord Supreme’, from United Kingdom , Immingham was to berth in LPC, on July 25, 2020; ‘Gaslog Warsaw’, from Spain, Ferrol was for Bonny on July 26, 2020.
Others include ‘Shangahi Eagle’, from Spain, Garrucha to Lagos Port on June 25, 2020; ‘Kathrina Theresa’, from Spain, Algeciras Bay to Lagos Port on June 26,2020 and ‘Harmonic’ from Spain, Escomberas, to Bonny in Nigera on June 27,2020 while ’ Desert Peace’from United States, Houston was to have berthed in Lagos Port also on June 26, 2020.
According to a Statement by the Agency , Information about the vessels, expected to arrive the three Nigerian ports , was received through the Command, Control, Communication, Computer, and Intelligence System (C4i) Centre under the NIMASA Deep Blue Project, also called the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure.
Director-General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, said the need to ensure that stakeholders adhere strictly to the guidelines put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria informed the decision to red-flag the vessels and inform the economy on their arrival.
“We are counting on the continued co-operation of frontline government agencies and private sector operators in this regard as we jointly wage the war against the COVID-19 pandemic,” Jamoh stated.
The Director-General said the advisory was to further alert all agencies of government and private sector operators at the ports of expected arrival of the vessels and to demand the highest level of professionalism from all concerned officers in keeping with the Agency’s earlier advice on the handling of such vessels.
He added that operators at the ports should ensure all safety measures and precautions in the best interest of the maritime community and the country were fully applied.
NIMASA had earlier given an advisory through a marine notice on the operational procedures for the ingress and egress of vessels arriving from such countries. Officers of agencies concerned were requested to immediately report any situation or circumstance that might compromise best practices in handling the arrival and discharge of these vessels and others that might be advised in the future.