The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), formerly National Maritime Authority (NMA) is in charge of regulations in Nigerian Shipping, Maritime Labor, and Coastal Waters. The agency also undertakes inspections and provides search and rescue services.
The governing board includes representatives of the Ministry of Labour, the Ministry of Transport, and the Navy.
NIMASA is committed to magnifying global best practices in the provision of maritime services in Nigeria.
With an area of focus in effective Maritime Safety Administration, Maritime Labour Regulation, Marine Pollution Prevention and Control, Search and Rescue, Cabotage enforcement, Shipping Development, and Ship Registration, Training and Certification of Seafarers, and Maritime Capacity Development.
Using modern tools that guarantee efficiency and effectiveness, and a determination to develop indigenous capacity and eliminate all hindrances.
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NIMASA Core Functions
- To pursue the development of shipping and regulatory matters that deal with merchant shipping and seafarers.
- Administer and regulate shipping licenses.
- Administration, regulation, and certification of Seafarers.
- Establishment of Maritime Training and Safety Standards.
- Regulation of safety shipping in terms of ship construction and navigation.
- Provision of Maritime Search and Rescue Services.
- Provision of direction enables compliance with vessels’ security measures and ethics.
- Administration of Air and Coastal Surveillance System. And Maritime Security.
- Controlling and preventing Maritime Pollution.
- Development and implementation of policies and programs, to aid the growth of local capacity in manning, ownership, and construction of ships and other maritime infrastructures.
- Enhancement and provision of Cabotage Act. 2003.
- Profer ship registration services.
- Perform Port and Flag State duties.
- Provide Maritime Security.
- Effect the implementation of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Labour Organization (ILO), and other international conventions to which the Federal Republic of Nigeria is a party.
Education And Training Requirments
Maritime education and training entail acquiring knowledge and skills in specific theoretical subjects, at the training institutes.
Carrying out practical lessons on short duration courses and embarking on a period of compulsory seagoing experience onboard ships.
Eligible seafarers should be able to demonstrate competency in the required areas, achieved through a combination of education, training, and practical experiences. After which a certificate of competency would be issued.
Procedure And Requirements for Ship Registration With NIMASA
Application for registration should be lettered formally to the Registrar at the Ports of Registry, subject to the approval of the Minister. Find the registration form on the NIMASA website www.nimasa.gov.ng
Attached to the formal letter are the following documents;
- A completely filled NIMASA application form.
- Name of ship approval form by NIMASA.
- A copy of the Certificate of Incorporation
- Evidence of registration as a shipping company with NIMASA
- CTC of Memorandum and Article of Association
- CTC of Form CAC 7 and CAC 2(Particulars of Directors and Allotment of Share capital). The share capital of the company must not be less than Twenty-Five Million Naira. (N25 Million)
- Company current tax clearance certificate
- Company bank statement or reference letter
- A declaration of NIMASA ownership form is to be issued by the Ship Registry.
The applicant is to make an application for survey and issuance of a Certificate of Tonnage measurement to facilitate the flag survey of the ship.
Applicant Recruitment And Educational Qualification
Eligible applicants should possess the following to qualify for recruitment with NIMASA.
- Applicants must be Nigerian citizens.
- Certificate of Competency (Engineering) from a notable institution with not less than eighteen (18) years post qualification experience.
- Applicants must provide valid certificates, documentation, and current certificates of medical fitness.
- Applicants must provide a certificate of birth or Age declaration. Must be between the ages of 18 and 25 years.
- A valid means of identification should be provided; a driver’s license, national ID, NIN, or International Passport.
- A minimum of five (5) credits in subjects including Mathematics and English language. Either SSCE, NECO, GCE, or NABTEB has been obtained in not more than six (2) sittings and not later than six(6) years.
- Applicants should possess certificates in OND, HND, NABTEB, or B.Sc in any related profession.
- Applicants must be physically fit and able to undergo screening and field exercise.
Note; every applicant should ensure to read carefully and understand the requirements. Applicants should ensure that they have their credentials and documents readily available for upload on the portal.
Under no circumstances should an applicant upload forged documents, failure to adhere to this would attract a law penalty.
Visit www.nimasa.gov.ng for updates.