L-R: The Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh presenting a souvenir to the Managing Director, Dangote Port Operations, Mr. Akin Omole during a courtesy visit by Omole to the NIMASA headquarters in Lagos….recently.

Nigeria’s designated authority (DA) for the maritime industry, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has expressed its readiness to provide an enabling environment for the operation of Dangote Refinery.

To this end, the agency has reiterated its commitment to ensuring that the business of the Dangote Port and Refinery are not hindered by the implementation of the regulatory instrument under the provisions of the Cabotage Act.

The Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh made the promise during a courtesy visit by a delegation from Dangote Port operations, led by the Managing Director Dangote Port Operations, Mr. Akin Omole to NIMASA Headquarters, Apapa, Lagos.

The NIMASA helmsman stated that the agency will work with Dangote Ports to also ensure it does not breach any regulation of the Federal Government as regards wet cargo afreightment. Both parties agreed to set up a working committee to address the operational concerns at the refinery within 14 days.

His words: “I suggested a joint committee with membership from NIMASA and Dangote to sit down and look at issues objectively. Our priority is to ensure regulatory implementation does not impede the operations of Dangote Ports and by extension, Dangote Refinery. Though the coming on stream of the Dangote Refinery would lead to a drop in NIMASA revenue, because ships importing petroleum products would reduce drastically thus reducing the 3 percent freight levy collected by the agency. However, Nigerian economic growth and long term benefit to the Nigerian masses is far better than immediate revenue for NIMASA”.

A statement signed by NIMASA Assistant Director, Public Relations, Mr. Edward Osagie and made available to Maritime Bits quoted Omole saying that his team will ensure that the refinery is not in breach of the Cabotage Act.

According to Omole, we talked about business being done in a way that there is no obstruction. No delay. In shipping, a day’s delay is a huge cost. We have an average of over $50,000 demurrage on a ship per day, so we want to be sure that these kinds of delay are not experienced. All bottlenecks, hindrances that will cause the delay will be addressed jointly and collaboratively with our team and NIMASA team,


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