As part of the efforts to explore the newest technologies in Bio fouling and in compliance with International Maritime Organization (IMO) rules, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is hosting a 3-day Bio fouling Management Training for coastal states within the African continent.
The Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh who disclosed in his opening remarks at the occasion recently posited that the training would showcase the newest technologies, their application including cost-effective practices and related benefits for the environment and efficiency of shipping.
Explaining the rationale for the training in a statement made available to Maritime Bits, Jamoh said: “The importance of protecting and conserving our seas, oceans and their inhabitants cannot be overemphasized as we are intrinsically linked to them and their wellbeing reflects our own wellbeing too. Shipping is at the crux of global trading and the economy with about 90 percent of world trade and commerce is facilitated through shipping. Studies however, revealed that ships serve as over a time have channel for transportation of harmful non-indigenous Invasive Aquatic Species (IAS). These organisms attach themselves to the outer surface and niche areas of a ship, and are then translocated from one Eco region to another. The process by which these organisms attach themselves to the ship and other surfaces is referred to as Bio fouling.”
According to him, Nigeria’s economy relies heavily on international trade and we need to emphasize that shipping is a key component of the country’s import and export activities, but it inevitably exposed the nation to threats of the IAS transfer into our territorial waters.
The statement which was signed by NIMASA Assistant Director, Public Relations, Mr. Edward Osagie quoted Jamoh saying that a healthy ocean is a healthy future meant to distill the essence of the workshop on the transfer of environmentally sound technologies (TEST).
While welcoming all participants to the workshop, he encouraged the foreign delegates to explore and enjoy the fascinating sights of the coastal city of Lagos.
Also speaking, the Director, Head, Department of Partnerships and Projects, IMO, Dr. Jose Matheickal said that the IMO is excited that NIMASA has taken the lead in the strategic MTCC Africa training on TEST Bio fouling in Nigeria
“We have been encouraging more women to participate in the sector and we are very excited to find African Women in Maritime (WIMAFRICA) Nigeria and other women groups emerging in the maritime space”, he added.