From Godwin Obi,
NIGERIAN Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), has again taken stern measures against three facilities for failing to comply with the provisions of the International Ships and Ports Facility Security (ISPS) code.
The affected comes are: Heyden Petroleum Jetty, Index Petroleum Oil Jetty, Waziri Jetty operated by Hemsmor Nigeria Limited, NIPCO in Lagos and the Pinnacle Oil and Gas Petroleum, Warri, Delta State was also affected by the action.
Speaking during the exercise which lasted for about three hours, the Head of the ISPS Code Unit of the Agency, Captain Elei Green Igbogi noted that the affected jetties were given adequate notice to correct the anomalies identified, but they did not, hence the Agency has no other option, but to seal the facilities until they implement the minimum ISPS Code standards.
He stated further that the sealed facilities have failed to implement physical and operational security measures in their premises which pose a great danger to the ships that call at their jetties and their facilities. In addition to this, they have also failed to pay fines imposed on them.
Captain Igbogi noted that the Agency worked with the Recognised Security Organisations (RSO) and identified the physical and operational gaps in the facilities and they were duly advised to take corrective measures as stated in part VIII (3) of the ISPS Code regulations.
It may be recalled that the Agency was appointed as the Designated Authority (DA) for ISPS Code implementations in Nigeria, in 2013 and has since raised the bar from barely 13 per cent to over 90 per cent in terms of implementations and compliance.
Also part VIII of the ISPS, Code implementation regulations 2014, gives the Agency the powers to impose fines, withdraw maritime services and also to close down any erring facility that consistently violates the rules and regulations.