Nigeria to bar imported ships from 2022

Wed Jan 15th, 2020 - Lagos

The Federal Government has commenced the process of placing a ban on importation of certain categories of vessels into Nigeria by 2022 as part of efforts to encourage local participation in shipbuilding.

The Director-General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dakuku Peterside, who disclosed this to journalists in Lagos, urged Nigerians firms to look into various financing options and go into a joint venture on areas that they are lacking capacity.

He said the agency is vigorously pursuing the Cabotage Waiver Cessation Plan, and its currently engaging welders, aluminum and production firms among others to prepare them for their roles in vessel building.

He said the agency is currently collaborating with the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) to have a joint audit of vessels in the industry, while they pursue the five-year vessel demand forecast.




source: Guardian