The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has started seizing vessels for violating provisions of the Cabotage Law. “This is the time for the Federal Government to give the necessary support to NIMASA and see to the implementation of the Cabotage Act. of the Coastal and Inland Shipping (Cabotage) Act, and the Guidelines for its Does the Cabotage Act require a ship to be Nigerian-flagged before it can.

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A waiver granted under this Act shall specify the period of time for which it shall cabtage valid, which period shall not in any circumstance exceed one 1 year.

Nigeria: Cabotage Law – Nimasa Begins Clamp Down On Non-Compliant Vessels

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The following is published as Supplement to this Gazette. Why is it that 14 years Cabotage came to be, indigenous shipping practitioners are still full of the same lamentations as they were, prior to the enactment of the Act and they still complain that multinationals are dominating the business of shipping in Nigeria? Section 5 is repealed. Failure to comply with a requirement etc. Clerk to the National Assembly 23 rd day of April The Minister may on the receipt of an application grant a waiver to a duly registered vessel on the requirement for a vessel under this Act to be wholly manned by Nigerian citizens where he is satisfied that there is no qualified Nigerian officer or crew for the position specified in the application.

Coastal and Inland Shipping (Cabotage) Act

How many indigenous ship owning company has it registered sincewhen actual implementation of Cabotage started and how many foreign? Citizenship requirement for ship financing. Any vessel registered, granted a licence or permit in accordance with the provisions of this Act shall be deleted from the registry where it is determined that.

Cabotage Vessel financing Fund. Why is it that both NIMASA and the supervisory ministry of transportation are more interested in granting waivers to foreign flag vessels to continue trading on our coastal waters in clear circumvention of the provisions of Cabotage? The Minister may by order, suspend or cancel a license or vary the terms and conditions of a license where. Duration of a waiver. It became obvious that the Cabotage Act has given impetus to indigenous maritime operators to become conscious of their rights as well as to enforce it for the overall development of Indigenous flagships, as against the maritime dominated by foreign flagships.


Order for granting of waiver. Log in to leave a comment. Apart from the above, the most glaring indices of failure of the Cabotage Act is the depleted bottoms that Nigeria now has, the mass of unemployed seafarers, the prevalence of foreign interests in our coastal shipping, especially as it concerns rendering of services in the oil and gas sector and in line with the Local Content Act.

The verdict cabotagge the trial Judge, Justice Okechukwu Okeke, clearly points out short-comings associcated with the Cabotage law, as he dismissed the case on the evidence that the vesel actually carried the products from Cotonou, the Republic of Benin and not within Nigeria. Date passed by Senate. The Minister may on the acg of cabotafe application grant a waiver to a duly registered vessel on the requirement for a vessel under this Act to be wholly owned by Nigerian citizens where he is satisfied that there is no wholly Nigerian owned vessel that is suitable and available to provide the services or perform the activity described in the application.

Repeals and Amendments Any vessel registered under this Nigerian Registry at the date of coming into force of this Act and who is over 15 years old dabotage continue to be eligible for participation in the coastal trade for a period of five years after the commence of this Act provided the vessel possesses a certificate of registry and a certificate of seaworthiness from a recognized classification Authority.

The fund shall be collected by the National Maritime Authority and deposited in commercial banks and administered under guideline that shall be proposed by the Minister and approved by the National Assembly. Major Issues That Shaped The Real Obstacle of Winning in Poker? Where it is deemed expedient to grant a license in conformity with the provision of this Act, the Minister shall impose a tariff on the vessel as a condition for granting the waiver.

Duration of a waiver Liability of ship owners, companies and officers. Navy warship; Thunder resumes patrol after 2 years of grounding.

Much Ado About Cabotage Act And Its Implementation

Regulations 1 2 is repealed. Restriction of Towage 5. In pursuance of the success of Nigeria on maritime reforms, Nigeria made a bold attempt to change the face of maritime business within its coasts when it enacted the Coastal and Inland Shipping Cabotage ActThough designed to restrict foreign participation in Nigeria’s domestic coastal trade, nevertheless a lot of opportunities exist for foreign involvement.


The Act in section three had stated: Indeed, the law itself needed atc for easy interpretation at the court of law, and indeed sincethe Cabotage Act has been going through review, by a committee chaired by former chairman of Senate Committee on Marine Transport, Senator Ugochukwu.

An Agent Of National Cohesion. Fourteen years down the line, it is apt to ask the following questions: Cabotage Vessel financing Fund Leave this field blank. Waiver on Nigerian built vessels.

A foreign owned and foreign crewed vessels shall not participate in the domestic coastal trade without the license and authorization required by the provisions of this Act. Vincent and Grenada was accused of using its vessel to transport petroleum products within the nigeriaa, which is contrary to the provisions of the Nigerian Inland and Coastal Shipping Act The Cabotage act. AllAfrica caabotage around reports a day from more than news organizations and over other institutions and individualsrepresenting a diversity of positions on every topic.

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The Minister may in times of economic crisis or national emergency, by order compel vessels registered under this Act, to provide essential services to sustain basic needs of people to fulfil existing multi-lateral agreements. Port Clearance to Vessels. We have come up with an electronic register of all maritime labour that would enable us plan better for the industry, such that whenever there are identified jobs for seafarers, it would be carried out by Nigerians and Nigerians would be placed on the job.

Mainstreaming The Niger Delta. The provisions under this Act shall be axt from the first anniversary of the day on which this Act comes into force, that is to say, 1 one year after the commencement date of this Act. Who would win the hypothetical first season of MLS? Any person engaged in the business of employing vessels for the domestic coastal trade shall specify and publish all the requirements to be satisfied with respect to the employment of vessels.

Minister to issue guidelines on Licence Savings as to Court Proceedings. Short title of the Act. Tactically admitting failure, NIMASA cqbotage the new strategy is aimed at actualising a successful coastal and inland trade regime in line with the full implementation of the Cabotage Act,

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