NIMASA Patrol Vessels
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) say it will receive floating dockyards from Netherlands and Romania before the end of June.
Its Director-General, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Thursday.
Peterside said that the aim was to save the country from the capital flights as a result of drydocking vessels outside the country.
NIMASA Personnel on Patrol
According to him, NIMASA is building floating docks in Romania and Netherlands.
He said: “The construction has reached an advanced stage and hopefully, the floating docks will be in Nigeria between May and June this year.
“The issue of drydocking vessels outside the country and loss of foreign exchange will soon be a thing of the past.”
Dakuku Peterside NIMASA Boss
Peterside said that the floating docks would improve Nigerians’ skills in shipbuilding, maintenance and create employment for many Nigerians.
The NIMASA director-general said that the agency had government’s approval to use 186 million dollars (more than N55 billion) to acquire maritime security assets.
He said that some of the assets had not been purchased.