The Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola, has charged member states of the Abuja MOU on Port State Control on the need to achieve full ratification and domestication of all relevant instruments.
Oyetola, who also doubles as the Vice Chairman of the Abuja MOU, spoke at the 13th Port State Control Committee Meeting of the Abuja Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control for West and Central African Region (Abuja MoU), hosted by Côte d’Ivoire in Abidjan.
The Minister, who emphasised the need for regulators and stakeholders in the member states to ensure their maritime domains remain safe, secure, and environmentally friendly, reiterated the need to achieve full ratification and domestication of all relevant instruments and compliance with the requirement for member states to inspect at least 15 percent of vessels calling at their ports.
Other areas identified are the imperative of recruitment and subsequent training of the Port State Control Officers to avoid overburdening the few PSCOs in the field, and the need for us to collaborate and ensure that no substandard vessel is allowed to trade within the region.
Speaking at the session, the Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Bashir Jamoh, noted that the maritime administration in Nigeria is committed to effective implementation of regulatory instruments in Nigeria.
He said NIMASA has ensured the ratification of not less than six international maritime conventions for proper governance of the country’s maritime space.
He said Nigeria has ratified Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships 2009; International Convention on Standard of Training, Certification and Watch-keeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW –F) 1995; and Protocol Relating to Intervention on the High Seas in Cases of Oil Pollution Casualties (Intervention Protocol) 1973.
Others are Protocol on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims (LLMC) 1996; Protocol to the 1974 Athens Convention relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage by Sea 2002; and Protocol of 2005 to the 1988 Protocol for the Suppression of Unlawful Act against the Safety of Fixed Platforms located on the Continental Shelf (SUA PROT 2005).
On his part, the Secretary General Abuja MoU, Captain Sunday Umoren assured of continuous engagement sessions to ensure regional collaboration to attain globally acceptable Port State Control in the West and Central Africa Region.
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