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NIMASA shuts Obat Oil’s jetty over violation of ISPS code


NIMASATHE Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has shut down Obat Oil and Petroleum Limited Jetty at Ibafon over alleged non-compliance with the provisions of the code.

In a statement, NIMASA said the decision was pursuant to its mandate as the Designated Authority (DA) for the implementation of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code.

The statement signed by Head, Public Relations, Hajia Lamin Tumaka, explained that the agency exercised its powers in line with provisions of part VIII of the ISPS code implementation regulations 2014.

Tumaka said the facility was adjudged to be non-compliant despite repeated warnings and extension of time graciously granted its management over the past year.

Tumaka said: “Going by the saying that a chain is as strong as its weakest link, Management of the Agency has commenced the shutting of port facilities that have persistently failed to comply with the ISPS code so as to forestall a situation where security breaches in such facilities will negatively impact the compliant ones.

“Any shut facility will remain closed until the managers of such a facility correct the identified deficiencies and pay a prescribed fine before they will be reopened for business.

“It will be recalled that NIMASA, which formally became the Designated Authority for the implementation of the code in May 2013 when compliant facilities were less than 10, has progressively grown the number to over 80% of the nation’s 129 facilities.

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