The Management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and SafetyAgency (NIMASA) has directed all duly registered stevedoring companies with operational areas allotted by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA),which are yet to start operation, to mobilise to their work locations.
affected companies should report any encumbrances to the Agency in
line with the Stevedoring Regulation, 2014, gazetted by the Federal
Government of Nigeria, developed pursuant to the NIMASA Act, 2007.The Agency equally notified all operators of ports, jetties, onshore
or offshore oil and gas or bonded terminals, Inland Container Depots
(ICDs), offshore dock terminals, dry ports and platforms, and other
work locations to grant duly appointed stevedoring companies access to
their premises for commencement of operations.
labour or engage in stevedoring work on board or from ships, stressing that such
corporate entities must have satisfied the requirements for
registration specified in the Stevedoring Regulation, 2014, and
obtained a Stevedoring license from NIMASA.“Every dock labour employer or stevedoring company shall provide
proper and safe working conditions for the convenience and proper
working of its employees and ensure that all Stevedoring plants and
equipment supplied and being used in their operations are safe and in
good condition,” the Agency stated.
It mandated employers of dock labour or Stevedoring companies to
provide adequate insurance cover for health, personal injury, loss of
earnings, and compensation, relating to any incident affecting
dockworkers or stevedores in the course of the work of the dock labour
employer or the stevedoring company.
Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, warned that the
consequences for non-compliance with the guidelines set out in the
Stevedoring Regulation, 2014, shall be enforced, in addition to other
penalties, such as detention of vessels, sealing of operational area
or work location, and prosecution.