In line with its restructuring programme, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA is set to automate its payment collection processes to engender greater efficiency and eliminate revenue leakages.
This is even as the Agency urged shipping companies to support the Agency’s capacity building programme by providing sea time experience for cadets sponsored under the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP).
This is according to the Director General of the Agency, Dr. Dakuku Peterside when he hosted representatives of major shipping companies operating in Nigeria under the auspices of the Shipping Association of Nigeria (SAN) in his office.
“We are automating our payment platform in line with our strategic growth plan to ensure greater efficiency in the payment process. The new process will be integrated with similar platforms of sister Agencies in order to correctly ascertain levies chargeable per freight and eliminate the bottlenecks currently being experienced” the DG said.
He also urged the shipping companies to support the Agency’s capacity building programme by providing sea time experience for cadets sponsored under the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP).
Representatives of the Shipping Companies who had earlier raised the issue of maritime security and payment procedures also commended the DG for his commitment in dealing with the issues raised.
While promising to support the capacity building initiatives of the Agency by providing the requisite sea time experience for the NSDP cadets, the Shipping Association also expressed their commitment to the development of the Nigerian maritime industry.
Some of the shipping companies represented at the meeting include; Grimaldi, Maersk, GAC, Hull Blyth, Mediterranean, PIL and Comet Shipping.