Lagos Port Complex

The Association of Marine Engineers and Surveyors (AMES) on Tuesday advised the Federal Government to urgently discuss with the American Government on ways to improve security in Nigerian ports.

The President of AMES, Charles Uwadia, gave the advice at a news conference in Lagos.

He said: “It is just 21 days left to the ultimatum given by the American Government for Nigeria to implement the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code.”

“We (AMES) strongly suggest that the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) takes full responsibility,?? Uwadia said.

He said that NIMASA should discuss with the International Port Security Liaison Officer Commander of the U.S. Coast Guard, David Gates, to ensure a satisfactory level of compliance.

“While the discussion is going on, NIMASA should embark on accelerated reforms that will not only demonstrate its authority but provide the foundation for sustainability.

“AMES believes that a well-fashioned process from the evolving changes occasioned by the U.S. Coast Guard intervention will assist in the reforms,” the marine engineer said.

Uwadia said that the reforms by NIMASA should include sponsoring legislation or developing appropriate regulations to check unlawful acts against maritime navigation.

He said that the reforms should also include identifying and designating contact authority in accordance with the ISPS Code.

The engineer said that quick updating of existing information with the International Maritime Organisation through the Global Integrated Shipping Information system should be part of the reforms.

He urged that capable hands should be put in the right position of administration and given the opportunity for continued training to become  experts in their designated responsibilities.

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