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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See What Everyone is Watching. Navigation in Nnigeria Waters 7. The Minister may by order, suspend or cancel a license or vary the terms and conditions of a license where. The Act in section three had stated: The verdict of nigeriaa trial Judge, 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.

In the case of any vessel that, immediately prior to the coming into migeria of this Act, is operating pursuant to a valid coastal trade license under the Merchant Shipping Act or Sea Fisheries Act, the provisions of this Act shall apply to that vessel in respect of any activity authorized to be performed by the license would otherwise have expired had this Act not come into force.

Apart from the above, the most glaring indices of failure of the Cabotage Act is the depleted bottoms that Nigeria now has, the mass of unemployed seafarers, the prevalence of foreign interests in our coastal shipping, especially as it concerns rendering of services in the oil and gas sector and in line with the Local Content Act. For those who care to ask: Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

The Journey So Far. Read the original article on Vanguard. Restriction of Towage 5. Navigation in Inland Waters. Any person who without reasonable excuse, fails to comply with a requirement made, or direction given, by an enforcement officer under this act commits offence and shall on conviction if it is an individual, be liable to a fine not less than N, Major Issues That Shaped Archive My Month December Cabotage vessels must be wholly -owned by Nigerians; they must be registered in Nigeria, must be crewed by Nigeria and Nigerian shipyards must build and repair Cabotage vessels.


Suspension, cancellation and variation of Licence.

Vessels with valid Licence. In this Act. Waiver on wholly Nigerian ownership. It is already 14 years since former president Olusegun Obasanjo signed the Coastal and Inland Shipping Bill otherwise called Cabotage into law, at a brief but epoch-making ceremony at the State House in Abuja. The Minister may in times of economic crisis or national emergency, by order compel vessels registered under this Act, to provide essential services to sustain basic needs of people to fulfil existing multi-lateral agreements.

Waiver on Nigerian built vessels. Merchant Shipping Act ii. Cabotage Vessel financing Fund Why is it that 14 years Cabotage came to be, indigenous shipping practitioners are still full of the same lamentations as they were, prior to the enactment of the Act and they still complain that multinationals are dominating the business of shipping in Nigeria? Leave this field blank. Fourteen years down the line, it is apt to ask the following questions: The NCCS will point a new direction to our Cabotage regime, as the Agency will no longer consider application for granting of waiver on manning requirements for vessels engaged in coastal trade with regards to 2nd officer, 2nd engineer, 2nd mate down to able seamen, ratings and stewards.

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A foreign owned and foreign crewed vessels shall not participate in the domestic coastal trade without the license and authorization required by the provisions of this Act. In the performance of his duties under this part, the minister shall take due care and carry out adequate investigation to ascertain the true ownership of vessels and ship owning companies and shall issue guidelines for determination thereof which shall include. All of the provisions of the Merchant Shipping Act and other relevant legislation and regulations that are in force immediately before the commencement of this Act shall, so far as they are consistent with this Act continue to be in force.


Terms and conditions of Licence. Duration of a waiver. The beneficiaries of the fund shall be Nigerian citizens and shipping companies wholly owned by Nigerians.

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Navy warship; Thunder resumes patrol after 2 years of grounding. As Winds UP: Jurisdiction over the matters and offence referred to in this Act lie with the Federal High Court.

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There lies our pessimism! View the discussion thread. In pursuance of the success of Nigeria on maritime reforms, Nigeria made a bold attempt cabotate change cabotaeg face of maritime business within its coasts when it enacted the Coastal and Inland Shipping Cabotage ActThough designed to restrict foreign participation in Nigeria’s domestic coastal trade, nevertheless a lot of opportunities exist for foreign involvement.

Cabotage Services In pursuance of the success of Nigeria on maritime reforms, Nigeria made a bold attempt to change the face of maritime business within its coasts when it enacted the Coastal and Inland Shipping Cabotage ActThough designed to restrict foreign participation in Nigeria’s domestic coastal trade, nevertheless a lot of opportunities exist for foreign involvement.

Strict liability and general penalty. Regulation 1 is repealed. Offences against this Act.

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

Notwithstanding the provisions of any other laws, no port clearance shall be granted to a vessel engaged in domestic coastal niegria 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.

How many indigenous ship owning company has it registered sincewhen actual implementation of Cabotage started and how many foreign? Coastal and Inland Shipping Cabotage Act, iii.