The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) yesterday sealed up three petroleum jetties in Lagos and Delta states over security breach at the different facilities.
The affected jetties are Heyden Petroleum Jetty, Index Petroleum Oil Jetty, Waziri Jetty operated by Hemsmor Nigeria Limited, NIPCO in Lagos, while Pinnacle Oil and Gas, Warri, Delta State was also affected by the action.
It said the action was in continuation of its quest to ensure total compliance with the provisions of the International Ships and Ports Facility Security (ISPS) code and the NIMASA regulations .
The agency’s Head of Public Relations, Isichei Osamgbi, in a statement said the exercise which lasted for about three hours, was led by the Head of the ISPS Code Unit of the agency, Captain Elei Green Igbogi.
During the tour, he said, Captain Igbogi noted that the agency worked with the Recognised Security Organisation (RSO) and identified the physical and operational gaps in the facilities and they were duly advised to take corrective measures as stated in part VIII (3) of the ISPS Code regulations.
“The Dr. Dakuku Peterside-led management of NIMASA is committed to ensuring strict compliance to the provisions of the ISPS Code with the aim of achieving 100 per cent implementation so that vessels calling at our ports can be assured of safety.
“To achieve this, every segment of the sector must embrace international best practices in its day to day activities.
“When all facilities are compliant it is for the good of all; as security is very crucial in realizing a robust maritime sector,” Capt. Green said.