By Godwin Oritse
The administration of the NLNG Ship Administration Restricted, NSML, the shipping arm of the Nigerian Liquefied Pure Gasoline, NLNG, has given motive for placing its vessels within the Bermudian Ship Registry as a substitute of the Nigerian Ship Registry.
Ahmed mentioned that not one of the NLNG-NSML vessels is Nigerian flagged because the acquisition of the vessels had been by worldwide funding including that there have been additionally circumstances tied to funding these acquisitions.
NSML boss defined that the flagging or registration of vessels in Nigeria is the need of the shipping agency however the regulation and different components to make that work in Nigeria should be in place such that it additionally should be internationally accepted.
In line with him, the financiers insisted the vessels should be flagged in an internationally accepted Ship Registry acknowledged by Lloyds listed flag state.
He acknowledged: ‘‘There’s a motive for not having these vessels registered in Nigeria and that’s as a result of the financials of those vessels give situation and a few of the situation is to make sure that these vessels are flagged in internationally acknowledged Lloyds listed Ship Registries.
‘‘The sailors that may crew the vessels should have trainings which might be of worldwide commonplace and from maritime establishments whose certificates can be accepted worldwide.
‘‘We’re collaborating with the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Security Company, NIMASA, to construct and develop capability for the regulatory company in Nigeria to make sure that its Registry is acknowledged and accepted; it’s work in progress.
‘‘Most essential to shipping firms is that your vessels to be accepted in all places they go.
‘‘The flagging of vessels in Nigeria is a need, it’s an goal, it’s a nationwide goal and we at NMSL are completely satisfied to key into that but it surely requires lots of work, it requires all palms to be on deck to make sure that we work collectively to construct that company the place the Nigerian flag shall be accepted internationally.
‘‘We’re working along with all of the stakeholders to make sure that we truly obtain that aim. It’s a course of that has began and we imagine that with the present administration of NIMASA, we’ve began discussions and a physique has been arrange on the Nigerian Flag and we’re contributing to that.’’