The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has handed over a leased site at the Continental Shipyard Limited (CSL) for its floating to the technical partners, Melsmore.
The technical partners are to liaise with NPA in finalising site management, which include risk assessment in preparation to move the modular floating dock to CSL for the commencement of full operations.
NIMASA and the technical partners also agreed to invite manufacturers of the floating dock, Damen Shipyard to join in recommissioning the facility while site preparations are ongoing.
While addressing officials of Melsmore, the Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh emphasised the need for them to review the action plan in the light of realities on ground with detailed deliverables, and key performance indicators with clearly stated timelines.
“Nigerians eagerly await the deployment of the modular floating dock. This is a national asset, which has potentials to boost maritime trade, create jobs, develop skills, by providing training avenues to various maritime training institutions in Nigeria, while also attracting foreign investment and preventing capital flight, thereby generating revenue.
“We hope to have students from the Maritime Academy of Nigeria and the Maritime University Okerenkoko amongst other maritime institutions come for practical time,” the DG said.
In his remarks, the Managing Director of Melsmore, Danny Fuchs thanked the management of NIMASA for the opportunity to work on such important project, and gave the assurance that the company is prepared to handle the movement of the floating dock from the naval dockyard in Victoria Island to CSL in Apapa.
It may be recalled that the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) recently leased designated areas at CSL for the operations of the modular floating dock. The areas include the dolphin jetty, waterfront of the jetty adjourning the slipway, an administrative block, a construction, welding and mechanical workshop and a civil maintenance workshop, among others.
The project will be run on a public private partnership arrangement.
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