8th June, 2012
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has given a period of three months to ship owners, operators, ship agents as well as other operators to put their vessels in class or risk de-flagging.
The nation’s apex regulatory agency said that it only recognises six classification societies to conduct statutory surveys on its behalf on ships of 500 Gross Registered Tonnage (GRT) and above.
The six approved classification societies are American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), Bureau Veritas (BV), Det Morske Veritas (DNV), Lloyds Register (LR), International Naval Surveys Bureau(INSB) and International Register of Shipping (IRS).
Despite the approval it granted to these classification societies, the agency said that it will still be responsible for the survey and issuance of Cargo Ship Safety Equipment, Safety Radio and Minimum Safe Manning certificates and document to vessels classified by the classification societies.
By Esther Komolafe