Nigerian Maritime body acquires four 1,200 horse power boats

As part of efforts to enhance the fulfillment of its core mandate, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) todaytook delivery of four 1,200Horse Power engine boats to be used in policing the Nigerian waterways.

Each of the boats namely; NIMASA Lagos, NIMASA Portharcourt, NIMASA Burutu and NIMASA Warri were said to have been acquired by Global West Vessel Specialist Limited as part of the subsisting Memorandum of Understanding that currently exists between the company and the apex maritime regulatory agency.

The four newly acquire boats are bullet prove and they each carry a 300Horse Power that can run 50nautical miles per hour.

Taking delivery of the boats at the Regional Search and Rescue Center in Kirikiri Lagos today, Director General of NIMASA, Mr. Ziakede Akpobolokemi explained that the acquisition of the boats is to enable NIMASA to go back to fulfilling its mandate which is maritime security and ensuring a pollution marine free environment.

“we want to perform our statutory obligations, what the NIMASA Act told us to do is what we want to practicalize, from environment to safety, from safety to security and so on, our mandate is to provide safe marine environment, secure marine environment and a pollution free marine environment” he stressed

According to the NIMASA boss, government alone cannot solve the problem of piracy due to the paperwork and the bureaucracy that projects of this nature are usually subjected to, he said that “an agency that is involved in search and rescue operation, that is involved in emergency anytime anywhere must not subscribe to the civil service way of doing things, there should be some creativity”

Mr. Akpobolokemi who was speaking after a test-run exercise of the boats said that there are no vessels in the country or even within the sub-region that can boast of same kinds of patrol boats in terms of speed and the control gadgets.

He assured that more boats with different configurations are expected to come into the country before the end of the year.

“What we have done is to get the private sector to provide these boats and man them while we will work in conjunction with the Nigerian Navy in keeping security and safety and in keeping the environmental laws” he said.

Also speaking after the test-running exercise, the Managing Director of Global West Vessel Specialist Limited, Capt. Romeo Itima explained that the vessels are made of outboard engines for quick deploy in cases where they might have to be repaired.

He explained that the boats are customarily built and are bullet proved. He however refused to declare the total cost of the boats.

According to Capt. Itima, each of the boats has tank capacity for 1,500 liters of petrol and can equally go 200meters without refueling. He explained that each of the boats that are meant for Portharcourt and Warri will be deployed immediately in order to cover these zones.

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