Nigeria-South Africa maritime sector regulatory authorities strengthen relations

Pretoria: 16 March 2017

AN OCEAN RIDE: Officials representing the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) during a lunch break on the third day of their three day meeting in Pretoria this earlier week.

A Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) delegation concluded its three day visit to South Africa in Pretoria on Wednesday satisfied with the outcomes of its engagement with its local counterpart, the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), according to group leader, Mr Eric Oji.

This was after the group of NIMASA officials spent three days with their SAMSA counterparts in Pretoria engaged in discussions over a number of issues of common interest and through which enhanced ongoing cooperation and collaboration is anticipated. According to Mr Oji, the issues included ship registry and related policy developments, seafarer training and related general maritime economy development issues and about which the respective State agency felt they could mutually benefit each other.

Leading the SAMSA engagement group with the Nigerian delegation was the organization’s senior manager for maritime legislation, Mr Crispen Camp. In the three (3) minutes video below, the pair shared views of their three-day meeting this week.

The Nigeria delegation was the second from the continent to hold in depth meetings with SAMSA officials in a space of two weeks. A week earlier, a Madagascar maritime authority delegation also spent as many days in Pretoria exchanging ideas primarily information technology related issues with SAMSA officials.