Maritime security report indicates improved VIEs

By Godwin Oritse

THERE are indications that  the monthly security reports from the Lagos maritime Zone, has shown increased security surveillance in  virtually all the terminals in Lagos maritime Zone.

The security zone now ensure that their Verification Inspection Exercise are done regularly.

The report also indicated that some unscrupulous elements still lurk around the ports in Lagos as some pirate attempt on a vessel berth at the Capital Jetty just as five persons were arrested at the ENL  for illegal entry, assault and pilfering.

In the report it was stated that the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has been on its feet to ensure that every security loopholes are blocked.

The agency in a bid to keep faith with the demand of the International Ships and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code has also increased its unscheduled visits to the terminals to ascertain their security preparedness.

The security report, which reviewed activities within and around the ports and other facilities in the month of August also showed that  VIE Team from NIMASA  visited Joseph Dam port services just as Improvised Electronic Device (IED)  training team  from the Police Bomb Squad also visited Kris oil terminal.

Besides NIMASA’s visit to Joseph Dan and Kris oil, the agency also visited the Snake Island integrated Free zone, Capital Oil and Gas, Folawiyo Oil and Gas, Rahamaniyya oil and gas and the Lagos Deep Off-Shore Logistics Base (LADOL), all in the Lagos maritime security Zone for either the VIEs or on the spot assessment.

The report also indicated the Fire and Safety Drills and Exercises conducted at the Apapa Bulk terminal during the month under review.

The NIMASA and the Port Facility Security Officers Forum are currently working in tandem to assess Port Facility Security Plan (PFSP) and Port Facility Security Assessment (PFSA)  and ensure that no port facility is lagging behind in any way.

NIMASA as Designated Authority (DA) has constituted a Task Force that will  be visiting facilities from  time to time just as it has also  begun the registration of Registered Security Officer (RSO).


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