A Nigerian flagged Motor Vessel, MV VIGEO ADEBOLA, which was reported to be distressed midstream Federal Ocean Terminal ONNE due to operational error, has been moved to a better location clear away from the FOT Onne Channel.
MV Vigeo Adebola had a port list on 10th February 2022 due to the fact that it received potable freshwater from a barge and it received all in the port freshwater tank.
The vessel owners were able to correct the list on the 13th February 2022 by transferring some of the potable freshwaters to the starboard side in order to have an even keel.
It is noteworthy that at no point was the vessel having a negative metacentric height and vessel owners and captains are assured of the safety of navigation on the Channel.
The Director-General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, gave the assurance that the Agency will continue to work with relevant authorities and stakeholders in ensuring the waterways and channels are safe for navigation.
“Let me use this opportunity to assure vessel owners, captains, and all stakeholders, of the Agency’s commitment to its mandate, which includes maritime safety, geared towards the safety of navigation of vessels in Nigerian territorial waters”, Jamoh said.
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NIMASA set to open Lokoja office to harness waterways resources
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, has disclosed that the Agency is set to reopen the Lokoja office, as part of efforts towards harnessing the Blue Economy, enhancing collaboration, while also promoting Research and Development.
The DG, who made this known when he played host to the Executive Secretary of the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (KADSEMA), Mal. Usman Hayatu Mazadu at the head office of the Agency in Lagos, noted that investment in research would play a major role in ensuring the harnessing of Nigeria’s maritime potentials.
“The key cardinal principle of opening the NIMASA Lokoja office is to improve on Research and Development.
He said, “Now, the Blue Economy has come to stay and very soon you will see the impact of what we have; in terms of the gains and benefits to grow our Gross Domestic Product while improving the well-being of our own Economy”.
Earlier in his remarks, Mallam Usman of KADSEMA lauded the Agency for the feat achieved so far, which cuts across the entire Nigeria.
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