The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) was established in 2007 through the passage of the NIMASA Act 2007 by the National Assembly. As part of the Institutional Reforms in support of the Maritime Sector Reforms of 2004-2006, the then National Maritime Authority (NMA) and Joint Maritime Labour Industrial Council (JOMALIC) were merged to establish NIMASA.
The responsibilities and functions of the defunct organizations were transferred to the new Agency in addition to the responsibility of implementing the Merchant Shipping Act (MSA) 2007, the Cabotage Act 2003 and other regulations pursuant thereto.
The Agency derives its powers and functions from the following legal instruments:
- The NIMASA Act 2007
- The Merchant Shipping Act 2007
- The Cabotage Act 2003
- Domesticated ILO and IMO Conventions
VISION: To be the leading Maritime Administration in Africa, propelling Nigeria’s Global Maritime Goals.
MISSION: To achieve safe, secure shipping, cleaner oceans and enhanced maritime capacity in line with the best global practices, towards Nigeria economic development.
Discipline, Professionalism, Leadership, Integrity, Excellence and Accountability
NIMASA’s MANDATE: NIMASA was established to pursue two broad national policy objectives in the maritime sector, namely;
- To promote the development of indigenous commercial shipping capacity in international and coastal shipping trade; and
- To regulate and promote maritime safety, security, marine pollution and maritime labour.
These objectives summarize the statutory responsibilities of the Agency into two main functional areas – Promotional and Regulatory, thereby according the Agency the status of a Maritime Administration (MARAD).
The two main areas of responsibility which account for the functions of NIMASA with numerous sub-activities include:
- Shipping Promotion
- Fleet Acquisition and Expansion
- Manpower Development
- Inter-Agency Collaboration
- Maritime Regulation
- Maritime Safety and Security
- Maritime Environment Management
- Maritime Labour Administration
- Ship Registration
The Agency is structured into three Directorates comprising of Administration and Financial Services, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services and Maritime Safety and Shipping Development. Each Directorate is headed by an Executive Director. The Directorates are made up of departments headed by Directors. In addition, there are Units that report directly to the DG/CEO.
Maritime Safety and Shipping Development:
- Maritime Safety
- Shipping Development
- Maritime Environment Management
Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services:
- Maritime Labour Services
- Cabotage Services
Administration and Financial Services:
- Administration and Personnel Services
- Financial Services
- Planning Research and Data Management Services
- Legal Services
- Public Relations
- Nigerian Ship Registration Office
- Internal Audit
- Zonal Coordination & Special Duties (ZC & SD)
- Maritime Guard Command
For purposes of operational exigencies, the Agency operates Zonal structures. The Zonal offices directly supervise the respective port offices:
Western Zone (Lagos):
- Apapa Port
- Tincan Island Port
- Jetties & Terminals
Central Zone (Warri):
- Warri Port Office
- Sapele Port Office
- Koko Port Office
- Port Harcourt Port Office
- Yenegoa Port Office
- Calabar Port Office
- Onne Port Office
- Bonny Port Office
Abuja Liaison Office
As the name suggests, the liaison office covers activities in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), particularly liaising with the Federal Ministry of Transportation, the supervising Ministry, MDAs, the National Assembly and other maritime stakeholders.