The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has stated that its floating dock will generate N1 billion monthly for the economy and employ not less than 350 personnel when putting into commercial operations.
NIMASA’s Director-General, Dr. Bashir Jamoh who made this revelation in Lagos yesterday, during a media briefing to commemorate his 100 days in office as the helmsman of the agency, said the floating dock will continue to be of huge benefit to the economy in terms of revenue and training of future personnel for the maritime sector.
The interface of the DG with the media dwelt on the gamut of the activities of the Agency’s new management, his efforts, and achievements in the areas of reforms, revenue generation, security, anti-piracy, cabotage, Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Navy and other relevant security agencies, search and rescue, protection of the marine environment, amongst.
This is as Jamoh said, the 10 Pirates that were arrested recently for attacking a Chinese fishing vessel, Hailufeng 11, have been prosecuted and fined N3 million as provided by the relevant portion of the Merchant Shipping Act, adding that the Agency deserves commendation for the success, in the area of the implementation of the Antipiracy Act.
Jamoh said the floating dock comprises five segments, which include cadets in electrical, mechanical among others while each segment is expected to provide employment, for at least 75 persons, while these would be among the main workers.
According to him, the floating dock is currently at the Naval Dockyard, while NIMASA is making efforts to transfer it to the Continental Shipyard when the Nigerian Ports Authority would have folded up its operation at the yard.
He revealed that NIMASA is already making efforts to get a competent company with the right expertise to manage the floating dock, with a view to enabling it to operate properly, and generate the expected revenue for the Federal Government.
The NIMASA disclosed that it is already interfacing with the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) to approve a Public-Private arrangement that will make it possible to hire the expert that will manage the floating dock.
Jamoh stated that apart from deploying the equipment for commercial purpose, NIMASA will also ensure that it is made available for maritime training, which will make it possible for training institutions in the country and the cadets of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria(MAN), Oron to benefit from it, for their vital Seatime Training.
He said to boost the revenue generation of the floating dock, the agency would be signing a Memorandum of Understanding with all operators of oil and gas, to take their ship to the floating dock for dry docking.