Marine surveyors, boat operators tackle NIMASA on new water craft policy

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By Godwin Oritse
THE Centre for Marine Surveyors in Nigeria and the Association of Tourist Boat Operators and Water Transporters of Nigeria (ATBWATON) has set up three committees to look into the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency’s (NIMASA) new policy on water crafts.

Under the new policy, boat operators are required to use nothing less than a 200 horse power engines to power their boats, a development that has created some level of confusion among operators.

Speaking at a stakeholders meeting in Lagos, yesterday, President of the Centre, Engr Adebambo Ademiluyi, told Vanguard that NIMASA need to explain the marine notice it issued with regards to the kind of boat engine they want on the waterways. Both groups also wondered why NIMASA will want to refer them to the Office of the National Security Adviser before the purchase of boat engine.

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The three committees, according to Ademiluyi, are to look at the definition of boats and small crafts, the laws governing their usage on safety, certification of the crafts and education of practitioners on safety.

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