by Olanrele Christiana
In the spirit of achieving a safe maritime environment, the International Maritime Organisation [IMO] on Monday August 28 in Lagos, Nigeria organised an advanced drills and exercise training for personnel of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency [NIMASA] and other relevant government agencies in compliance with the ISPS Code.
In his welcome address at the event held at Eko Hotel, Lagos, the Director General of NIMASA Dr. Dakuku Peterside said the IMO training was in line with achieving the provision of technical assistance on ISPS Code Implementation capacity, saying that IMO’s technical support and peer review mechanism have played an integral role in the giant strides Nigeria achieved in the implementation of ISPS Code.
According to Peterside, “It is no secret the giant strides achieved in ISPS Code Implementation in Nigeria, and the support of the IMO in providing peer review and other forms of technical support has played an integral role in achieving his feat.
“The Agency has steadily increased its compliance facilities and its officers have been able to guide compliance and boost awarenes levels in the Maritime Security environment.
“We do not wish to rest on our laurels as the zeal to acquire hundred percent compliance in all port facilities can only be achieved if the officers are technically equipped and updated on international standards required for ISPS Code Implementation”.
While speaking, Engr. Rotimi Fashakin, Executive Director Operations, NIMASA said the training series were a direct outcome of the IMO Need Assessment conducted between 25th and 29th January 2016 during which a high standard of implementation of the ISPS Code was oobserved and commended.
Fashakin stressed that the ISPS code is not merely the establishment of common security standards for ships and port facilities around the world but the entrenchement of a system that is self-sustaining and self- examining. He also commended IMO’s selfless and long-standing support for NIMASA’s successful discharge of its responsibilities.
He said NIMASA has achieved ninety percent compliance level amongst ISPS applicable port facilities in Nigeria.
“As experts in the ISPS Code, most of us are undoubtedly aware that the philosophy of the code is not merely the establishment of common security standards for ships and port facilities around the world but the entrenchement of a system that is self-sustaining and self-examining. This is the idea behind the regular drills and exerecises that are mandatory for ships and port facilities with a view to testing the integrity of the system,” said Fashakin.
by Olanrele Christiana