Maritime sector works with training institutions

David Adekunle, Lagos 

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, is partnering with training institutions to provide internationally recognised training in basic and advanced maritime courses for the sustainable development of the industry.

The Agency’s Director General, Dr. Dakuku Peterside said this while receiving the Management of Charkin Maritime and Offshore Safety Centre e in Lagos.

Dr. Peterside stated that the partnership aimed at bridging the capacity gap in the industry.

Commending the management of training institutions on the quality of their facilities, instructors and the international accreditation earned, the he observed that Nimasa was open to partnerships that would advance the course of the maritime sector.

Importance of capacity building
The Nimasa boss highlighted the importance of capacity building as being instrumental to the development of the maritime sector, saying it is a prerequisite for the achievement of local content in shipping and the logistics chain.

“For us to grow the local content in the maritime sector that Nigeria deserves, we must be able to take very seriously the issue of training, which is why we in Nimasa will always partner training institutions to grow this capacity,” the Director General explained.

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Charkin Maritime and Offshore Safety Centre, Charles Wami expressed the readiness of the institution to partner with the Agency in the area of capacity development, to bridge the capacity gap in the industry.

Mr. Wami affirmed the importance of training, stressing that they were willing to partner with the Agency in the areas of merchant marine, inland water ways and offshore training in line with the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) 1978, which sets qualification standards for masters, officers and watch personnel on seagoing vessels.