Management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has notified stakeholders about 13 vessels from five countries heavily affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
A statement signed by the Head Communications of the Agency, Philip Kyanet says 8 of the vessels are expected to berth in Apapa, Lagos; 4 in Bonny and 1 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State respectively.
It further says the vessels, expected to arrive the three Nigerian ports between June 23 and July 17, were received through the Command, Control, Communication, Computer, and Intelligence System (C4i) Centre under the NIMASA Deep Blue Project, also called the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure.
The statement quotes the Director-General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, as saying that the need to ensure stakeholders adhered strictly to the guidelines put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria, informed the decision to red-flag the vessels.
“We are counting on the continued cooperation of frontline government agencies and private sector operators in this regard as we jointly wage the war against the COVID-19 pandemic,” Jamoh stated.
The Director-General said the advisory was to further alert all agencies of government and private sector operators at the ports of expected arrival of the vessels and to demand the highest level of professionalism from all concerned officers in keeping with the Agency’s earlier advice on the handling of such vessels.