Haastrup takes over as CISN President, calls for overhaul of maritime policies

Haastrup takes over as CISN President, calls for overhaul of maritime policies
L-R: Chairman, Academic Board of the Certified Institute of Shipping of Nigeria (CISN), Rear Admiral Godwin Ombo (rtd); Flag Officer Commanding, Naval Training Command and representative of the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ifeola Mohammed and Princess Vicky Haastrup during Haastrup’s investiture as the 4th President of CISN in Lagos on Thursday.

The Executive Vice Chairman, ENL Consortium and Chairman, Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN), Princess (Dr.) Vicky Haastrup on Thursday took over the mantle of leadership of Nigeria’s foremost maritime institution, the Certified Institute of Shipping Nigeria (CISN) as the 4th President of the institute.

Speaking while delivering her acceptance speech during her investiture ceremony in Lagos on Thursday, Haastrup called for urgent review of some maritime policies, which she said have negatively affected port operations in the country. She also called for passage of the Port and Harbours bill by the National Assembly.

Haastrup stated in order to re-engineer the maritime sector, government should provide an enabling environment through monetary and fiscal policies for trade growth and economic sustainability.

“The maritime industry should be overhauled in the areas of maritime policies, institutional, regulatory and legal framework. This is because our policy framework is outdated and incoherent. The Nigerian Ports Authority Act is 29 years old. New laws are urgently required. The National Assembly should pass the Ports and Harbours Bill currently before it.

“Government should do constant dredging of the channels in order to maintain a given draught. The dilapidated port access roads should be fixed while inter-modal transportation should be enhanced. The laying of channel buoys, the procurement of additional harbour crafts, the establishment of new signal stations and anchorages aimed at ensuring safety of navigation, protection of maritime environment and enhancement of maritime safety should be undertaken by the government to bring down the cost of doing business,” she said.

Haastrup, who is the first female President of CISN, while congratulating the institute on its drive for maritime manpower development said, “As a maritime academy, I wish to call for the inclusion of the following shipping academic related courses/programmed into the curriculum of the institute by the Board of Studies; Standard of Training, Certification and Watch Keeping (STCW) and other IMO courses, Certificate of Competencies (CoC) for seamen, General Courses in Shipping Management, Port Operation, Freight Forwarding to address maritime logistics and supply chain management issues.”

Earlier in his welcome address, the immediate past President of CISN, Prof. Isaac Adalemo called on Haastrup to remain focused on the primary objectives of  the institute which he said was set up to fill the yawning gap in professional training and development of its members.

Represented by Rector of CIS, Prof. Alex Okwuashi, Adalemo said CISN has established an innovative Enterprise Institution under its College of Maritime Transport Management and Technology to award Diplomas to students. He said the Federal Ministry of Education, among other accrediting institutions, has accredited the Diploma programmes of the College.

Haastrup investiture ceremony was witnessed by several maritime industry dignitaries including the representatives of the Chief of Naval Staff; Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA); Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC). Other notable maritime industry stakeholders’ presents at the event include CEO of Sifax Group, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, founding President of Nigerian Shipowners Association, Chief Isaac Jolapamo; former Managing Director, NPA, Engr.Omar Suleiman, and top officials of the Maritime Workers Union (MWUN) among others.

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