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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Has Cabotage impacted on Nigeria as a whole? Leave this field blank. Power of enforcement Officers. Mainstreaming The Niger Delta. 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.

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Licences, waivers, approvals or permits referred to in this Act shall cabotags carried on board the vessel at all times. Except as expressly provided in this Act, nothing in this Act shall affect the rights of any party to any proceedings commenced in any court on or before the commencement of this Act.

This step taken as evidenced in the litigation clearly reveals the level of frustration of indigenes in the maritime operations in Nigeria by their foreign counterpart, as many of them merely operate like prostitutes, as they are often found hanging around the water side or at where oil lifting contracts are awarded, in search for niferia that can keep them afloat. How many indigenous ship owning company has it registered sincewhen actual implementation of Cabotage started and how many foreign?

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

Federal Republic of Nigeria Official Gazette. Waiver on manning requirement. This conciousness that was elicited by the Cabotage regime which by implication could be termed the beginning of real development of Nigerian maritime came to bare when the Nigerian ship owners, through their umbrella body, the indigenous Shipowners Assocation of Nigeria ISAN went to court late last year to seek redress against foreigners encroachment into the business that was legitimately reserved for them by law.

Waiver on wholly Nigerian ownership.

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The Minister may by order, suspend wct cancel a license or vary the terms and conditions of a license where. Log into your account. Jurisdiction over the matters and offence referred to in this Act lie with the Federal High Court. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Any person who contravenes any provision of this Act or any regulations made there under commits an offence and shall no conviction, where no specific penalty is prescribed thereof, be liable to a fine not less than N, A license issued pursuant to section 15 to a caborage vessel shall set out the period of time for which it is valid, which period shall not exceed one 1 year or the term of any certificate or the document referred to in section 15 1 e provided that the license term shall not in any circumstance exceed one year.

It must be put in focus that the Cabotage Act came to existence because of the need to gradually encourage the Nigerian maritime indigenous operators to actively participate in shipping business, but several years after, the people for which it is intended are still crying foul, which simply means that there is a crack in the law itself.


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Cabotage Act And Development of Nigerian Maritime

The Nigerian maritime must move forward, and the success of which nigegia begin with proper enactment of laws that will protect indigenous operators, for which Cabotage is a must.

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Failure to comply with a requirement etc. Turn out in the case clearly justified the need to review the Cabotage law, which also could be referred to as the law of Coastal and Inland Shipping, which reserved the business of lifting or carriage of goods and passengers from one point to another within the country to Nigerian built, flagged and crew vessels. The verdict of the trial Avt, 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.

Cabotae for granting of waiver. Notwithstanding the provisions of any other laws, no port clearance shall be granted to a vessel engaged in domestic coastal shipping unless the owner, charterer, master or agent satisfies the proper customs or such other authority authorized to issue port clearance that the vessel is licensed to engage in domestic shipping or has the prescribed waiver.

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