The Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNG) and the Nigerian Ports Authority have entered into a partnership to deploy a Vessel Tracking Service (VTS).
The commitment was made on Wednesday when NLNG Chief Executive Dr Phillip Mshelbila paid a partnership renewal visit to the NPA headquarters in Lagos.
The VTS to be deployed through NLNG Ship Management Limited (NSML), a subsidiary of NLNG, will enhance NPA’s capacity in domain awareness and management.
Speaking on the development, NPA Director General Mohammed Bello-Koko said: “We are very pleased with this development, especially as it comes at a time when we are stepping up our efforts under the leadership of IMO technique for deploying the Port Community System (PCS) since the effective safety communication with ship-to-shore and ship-to-ship that a VTS enables truly supports the successful deployment of the PCS.
Vessel traffic service is a control measure for ships necessary to ensure the safety of life at sea (SOLAS); a convention of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) which guarantees the safety of the ship, the crew, the cargo, the environment and the host community of the ports.
This synergy between the NPA as a port regulator and trade facilitation platform and the NLNG, a major player in the global liquefied natural gas sector, signals many positives for the government’s renewed export orientation. Federal Government of Nigeria with the NPA at its forefront.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has urged Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) to consider flying Nigerian flags on its vessels. NIMASA CEO, Bashir Jamoh said this when he received the leadership of the NLNG led by its Managing Director, Philip Mshelbila in Lagos.
Bashir Jamoh also noted that a better working relationship between NIMASA and NLNG would significantly improve operations in the country’s maritime sector.
He assured NLNG management that NIMASA would extend the already existing working relationship the Agency has with NLNG Ship Management Limited (NSML) to the parent body, while also urging NLNG to consider the Nigerian flag as the first option. for his ships.
NIMASA needs NLNG, we want NLNG ships to fly the Nigerian flag, just imagine NLNG ships are listed in the Nigerian registry, our tonnage will increase exponentially, the Nigerian flag will gain much more respect in the world and we will get better recognition,” he said.
For his part, NLNG Chief Executive Dr Philip Mshelbila noted that the NLNG leadership is committed to the deliberate indigenization of the human component of its functioning, adding that it is ready to partner with NIMASA to enhance the safety and security of life and property. in the Nigerian maritime domain. He noted that they are on the same page as NIMASA in terms of capacity development and the quest to ensure that Nigeria reaches internationally acceptable standards in its operations in the maritime sector.
“At NLNG, we have realized that to achieve one of our key vision elements, which helps build a better Nigeria, it is important for us to work with all our stakeholders, including NIMASA. We are aware that NIMASA and our subsidiary NMSL work hand in hand for the progress of this country and we wish that the same spirit of partnership and collaboration be extended to the NLNG.
“I believe that for NLNG to fulfill its mission as a company, it needs to partner with NIMASA. NIMASA is an important stakeholder for us; we don’t see it just as a regulator. I know we have various programs training facilities, in close collaboration with NIMASA, explored by NMSL to provide training at sea to seafarers, which enabled the sailor to complete their qualifications and obtain certifications.
He thanked NIMASA for the active management of activities in the Gulf of Guinea. “We can certainly attest to the report we are receiving both locally and from international bodies that there has been tremendous success in the war against criminal activity in the Gulf of Guinea and we know that Project Deep Blue is playing a role instrumental in achieving this success. ”