IMO trains NIMASA staff, others on safety code

Officials of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), have arrived the country to train some selected officers of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), and other  Maritime Administrators in Africa on the implementation and enforcement of the International Safety Management (ISM) Code.
The five day regional workshop attract will attract trainees from many countries across the region.
While speaking at the opening ceremony of the event in Lagos, Monday, the Director General of NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside, said the purpose of training was to provide an international standard for the safe management and operation of ships and for pollution prevention.
Peterside, represented by the Executive Director, Operations, Rotimi Fashakin,  said the IMO is organising the training as part of efforts to ensure that all maritime administrators take the necessary preventive measures to safeguard the shipmasters in the discharge of their core responsibilities with regard to maritime safety and the protection of the marine environment.
The training, Peterside said, would enable officials of NIMASA and others to respond to the need of those on board ships to achieve and maintain high standards of safety and environmental protection.
He noted that no two shipping companies or shipowners are the same, and that ships operate under a wide range of different conditions and that the training is based on general principles and objectives of ISM Code.
Ships, whether shore-based or at sea, he said, would require varying levels of knowledge and awareness which the workshop intends to impact on each of the participants.
The objective of the Code, the Director General said, is to ensure safety at sea, prevention of human injury or loss of life, and avoidance of damage to the environment, in particular, to the marine environment, and to property.
The Code, he said, requires that all shipping companies provide for safe practices in ship operation and a safe working environment; establish safeguards against all identified risks; and continuously improve safety management skills of personnel ashore and aboard ships, including preparing for emergencies related both to safety and environmental protection.